Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

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  by Bill D
 
For what it's worth, I caught two trains today (Saturday) with bar cars in the consist. I rode car 8661 (lead car) on the 7:20 am out of New Haven, train 6511 to GCT. On the return, car 8651 was bringing up the rear on train 6548, the 5:37 pm out of GCT. Of course, no bar service on the am train, and the on the pm train the car had a seated load as I passed by, but I'm not sure if drinks were being served.

Bill
  by truck6018
 
I don't think the bars are manned on the weekends.
  by Clean Cab
 
Bar Cars are only staffed on weekday afternoons.
  by Bill D
 
Clean Cab wrote:Bar Cars are only staffed on weekday afternoons.
It was interesting to see them on a weekend train though. I assume that MN will use whatever consists are easily accessible on weekends. Most of the time that I ride weekends I end up on an older set of equipment. I might as well enjoy them while they are still around.

Bill
  by DutchRailnut
 
on weekends they come in handy as bicycle cars.
  by Clean Cab
 
Bill D wrote:
Clean Cab wrote:Bar Cars are only staffed on weekday afternoons.
It was interesting to see them on a weekend train though. I assume that MN will use whatever consists are easily accessible on weekends. Most of the time that I ride weekends I end up on an older set of equipment. I might as well enjoy them while they are still around.

Bill

Correct. They use whatever is available when needed.
  by Noel Weaver
 
Just a guess on my part but I suspect that the last M-2's on the road will be for the most part the bar pairs.
Noel Weaver
  by Clean Cab
 
The best guess is yes, the bar pairs will be amongst the last M2's to be retired/scrapped.
  by NHAirLine
 
They're fun to ride in on the weekends. It seems pretty much every M2/4/6 train on the weekends ends up with one, although my sample size is pretty small.
  by Clean Cab
 
NHAirLine wrote:They're fun to ride in on the weekends. It seems pretty much every M2/4/6 train on the weekends ends up with one, although my sample size is pretty small.
I doubt that. There are only 7 active bar pairs, so I think the odds of catching on weekends is more like 1 out of 8.
  by NHAirLine
 
Clean Cab wrote:
NHAirLine wrote:They're fun to ride in on the weekends. It seems pretty much every M2/4/6 train on the weekends ends up with one, although my sample size is pretty small.
I doubt that. There are only 7 active bar pairs, so I think the odds of catching on weekends is more like 1 out of 8.
Maybe it's just the times I tend to ride. Or they aren't running many M2/4/6 sets on the weekends anymore...
  by ACeInTheHole
 
First time I rode an M2 it was a bar car.. Unmanned of course but hows that for luck?
  by DutchRailnut
 
you call it luck?? to sit in a car that smells like rear wall of a Irish pub ?
  by NHAirLine
 
DutchRailnut wrote:you call it luck?? to sit in a car that smells like rear wall of a Irish pub ?
I've always found them to be clean on the weekends, and I like the seating arrangement. Maybe just for novelty's sake, since everything else is 3-2 or 2-2 seating.
  by ACeInTheHole
 
NHAirLine wrote:
DutchRailnut wrote:you call it luck?? to sit in a car that smells like rear wall of a Irish pub ?
I've always found them to be clean on the weekends, and I like the seating arrangement. Maybe just for novelty's sake, since everything else is 3-2 or 2-2 seating.
Sadly, I have to agree with NH on this one. The car did not smell bad at all and I daresay rode better than the Arrows we have down here (which isn't saying much). I had an Arrow a few weeks ago that had just come back into service after flood damage repair, it stunk to the high heavens of cleaning products and a ton of bleach, I had a mind numbing headache from inhaling that garbage after I got off the train that didn't go away for an hour. Now that... that was luck.(sarcasm).
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