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Old 02-02-2010, 06:59 PM
 
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I think there are only two of these left, the 6:33 Babylon and one on the PM Hicksville line. I can confirm the 6:33 but not the other one. I have taken the LIRR on and off since the early mid 90's and always thought these were some myth that never really existed. The first time I caught the 6:33 about 5 years ago I was a little stunned: full bar on the train, cheap beers/drinks etc.

I usually don't catch a train that late but after I did a few times I noticed that there were a ton of regulars, it was a very friendly atmosphere, like a boisterous bar where everyone knew you.

The bartender pulls the bar off at Massapequa (I think it used to be Seaford) and that is it. You can even buy pretzels and bottled water. The bartender is great, keeps everything going well.

I know there used to be a few more of these back in the day. Just curious what people think about this and if anyone is a 'regular' on the Babylon ride or the other or has any more input on it. Thanks.
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:10 PM
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I've heard about bar cars but have never been on one. It certainly sounds like a fun ride!
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:20 PM
 
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i used to ride in the bar car (not a bar cart) on the old diesel equipment out of hunters point... no seats in the car and a full length bar
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Old 02-03-2010, 04:40 AM
 
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They should have them on every train. It would really boost the morale and then I wouldn't be so pissed off @ the LIRR everyday.
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Old 02-03-2010, 04:44 AM
 
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Ah, bar cars, a vaunted yet vanishing institution. Metra (Chicago area) just got rid of its last bar cars, I'm guessing because they didn't want to assume the liability any more. Fortunately, Metra trains still welcome BYOB except on 4th of July, New Year's Eve, and (I'm not making this up) the day of the St. Patrick's Day parade.
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:44 AM
 
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The LIRR is a commuter railroad and should not be in the business of selling alcohol.

In fact, alcoholic beverages should be forbidden on the LIRR. Not that I'm a tea totaller but Im sick of the smell of spilled beer and the sound of cans rolling around the floor.
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:56 AM
 
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The LIRR is a commuter railroad and should not be in the business of selling alcohol.

In fact, alcoholic beverages should be forbidden on the LIRR. Not that I'm a tea totaller but Im sick of the smell of spilled beer and the sound of cans rolling around the floor.
Boooo. I love popping a cold beer on the way home, ocassionaly a scotch on a particularly tough day . One of lifes simple pleasures that helps take the edge off working in the city.
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:48 AM
 
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The LIRR is a commuter railroad and should not be in the business of selling alcohol.

In fact, alcoholic beverages should be forbidden on the LIRR. Not that I'm a tea totaller but Im sick of the smell of spilled beer and the sound of cans rolling around the floor.
  • some people hate the smell of coffee... should we ban that?
  • some people hate the smell of eggs... ban breakfast foods?
  • some people find the constant turning of newspaper pages annoying... ban papers? hell, magazines too while we're at it!
  • some people don't like cologne/perfume... need to pass a sniff test before boarding?
it's a commuter railroad, not gpsma's railroad... deal with it...
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:52 AM
 
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Boooo. I love popping a cold beer on the way home, ocassionaly a scotch on a particularly tough day . One of lifes simple pleasures that helps take the edge off working in the city.
I agree, there are some days where a beer on the way home is such a treat, especially in the summer.
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:53 AM
 
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i used to ride in the bar car (not a bar cart) on the old diesel equipment out of hunters point... no seats in the car and a full length bar
I heard about those. Smoking was allowed too, wasn't it?
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