Continuing are article on Bar Cars. Picture above is when the current cars first started. CONNECTICUT POST got into the act today:
STAMFORD — As the state pours more than $1 billion into new rail cars, no money has been put into the tap to replace the 10 bar cars that are facing their last call by year’s end.
The state’s transportation commissioner has given assurances that bar car service along Metro-North’s New Haven Line will continue, but a final design for a bar car compatible with the new fleet of M8 cars has not been completed, and the legislature has not approved funding for them.
The bar cars on the New Haven Line — the last in operation on any commuter line in the country — are also facing competition from the more profitable drink carts on the platforms at Grand Central Terminal and from the need for additional seating as ridership continues to increase.
The fluorescent-lit, orange and wood-paneled cars have a dedicated following that seeks them out on websites and Twitter feeds, but as some of the 1970s-era trains have been retired and others go out for repairs, they are becoming a sort of speakeasy on the rails.
Used to be a great model train exhibit at Grand Central every Christmas sponsored by Citibank. After the Citigroup / Citibank layout contract was no longer renewed, Clarke Dunham moved the entire layout to his museum, “Railroads on Parade” in Pottersville, NY which is open to the public by admission tickets during the ‘summer season” (Memorial Day through the fall). Pottersville is just off the Northway I-87 in the southern part of the Adirondack Park, maybe 45 minutes north of Saratoga Springs, NY and well worth the trip.
See more about the Pottersville area on the Tahawus WebSite. Check out some great model railroads.
A MTA Metro-North train derailed at Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx this morning. The accident killed at least four people and injured 63. The train was en route to New York’s Grand Central Station from Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
The derailment occurred at approximately 7:20 a.m. Five of the train’s seven cars derailed, but none went into the water.According to Metro North, the train left Poughkeepsie at approximately 5:54 a.m. and scheduled to arrive at Grand Central at 7:43 a.m. Service has been suspended indefinitely on the Hudson Line between Grand Central and Croton Harmon.
This would have been the first Poughkeepsie train of the day, but other trains from Croton-Harmon had passed by before this one.
From the MTA: Hudson Line service is suspended between Tarrytown and Grand Central due to the derailed train in the vicinity of Spuyten Duyvil. Bus service is being provided between White Plains and Tarrytown. Station for customers wishing to travel in and out of Grand Central. Customers at stations between Irvington and Yankees-E. 153rd St. Station are urged to use the Harlem Line, NYCT Subway and/or bus service. Hudson Line tickets will be cross honored for these services.
From AMTRAK: Amtrak Empire Line Service is currently being held between New York City and Albany due to an early morning derailment of a Metro-North commuter trainin Spuyten Duyvil, New York in the Bronx. The incident occurred on property owned and maintained by Metro-North Railroad. No estimate for restoration of Empire Line service is available from Metro-North at this time. Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor service between Boston and Washington is not affected.
As part of the Centennial for Grand Central Terminal, they held a “Parade of Trains”.
Thanks to Wayne Koch of Metro North, we have some great pictures AND the hand out catalog from the show.