by Tommy Meehan
Tommy Meehan wrote:I believe 8655 was the bar car that was removed from service...I believe 8655 was retired because it was just worn out. Here's a link to a Kevin Wong photo when 8655 was still in service in 2006. Here's another link to a photo I found in a Google image search when 8655 was being stored OOS at Stamford in 2009. (The Stamford date comes from a sub chat thread.)
During my Google search I was also directed to a 2010 bar car thread (link) right here in the RR.Net Metro-North Forum. A message posted in that thread by Jeff Smith included a news link. In the link the former chairman of the Connecticut Commuter Council Jim Cameron is quoted assuring everyone the M2 bar cars would be in service until at least 2025.
Jeff Smith wrote:Our intrepid rail council chairman, who manages to pat himself on the back along the way:Btw in the thread it was mentioned 8655 had been on the Stamford siding since early 2009 and that the other nine bar cars were all still in service.
http://www.westportnow.com/index.php?/v ... nts/27869/
Jim Cameron - "In an earlier life I was a journalist. A pretty good one too, winning awards....I first read The New York Times April 20  feature on pending demise of Metro-North’s bar cars. I had spoken with the reporter, Michael Grynbaum, about the story. But despite our conversations, he got the story wrong. Very wrong....our sacred bar cars are good for another 15 – 20 years and there are no, repeat NO, plans to remove them from service."