Mark DeMonte, right, of Wallingford, Conn., joins other riders in the bar car on the 7:07 p.m. train to New Haven, Conn., at Grand Central Terminal on Thursday in New York.  DeMonte, a bar car regular, has been dubbed "Mayor of the 5:48" by friends and riders of his usual train.  Metro-North is retired bar cars from the New Haven Line after Friday's afternoon rush hour. They were the last commuter bar cars in the U.S.
Mark DeMonte, right, of Wallingford, Conn., joins other riders in the bar car on the 7:07 p.m. train to New Haven, Conn., at Grand Central Terminal on Thursday in New York. DeMonte, a bar car regular, has been dubbed "Mayor of the 5:48" by friends and riders of his usual train. Metro-North is retired bar cars from the New Haven Line after Friday's afternoon rush hour. They were the last commuter bar cars in the U.S.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Friday, May 9th, 2014
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STAMFORD, Conn. — The bar cars on trains between Manhattan and Connecticut were making their final run Friday after decades as a gathering place for commuters who played dice, found jobs and had annual Christmas parties with a jazz band.

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