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Bar cars returning to Connecticut-New York Metro-North trains

Bar cars are returning to Metro-North on the New Haven Line. (File photo)

Bar cars are returning to Metro-North on the New Haven Line. (File photo)

HARTFORD, Conn.  — Railroad cars equipped with bars for serving alcohol are returning to commuter trains running between New York City and Connecticut, restoring a tradition dating back 50 years to the delight of many commuters.

Democratic Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday the state will buy another 60 cars for Metro-North’s New Haven Line. He says 10 of them will be converted into bar cars under current plans. A prototype bar car is expected to go online by late 2018.

Bar cars were retired in 2014 because they couldn’t be coupled to a new fleet of train cars. The cars had faux-wood paneling and red leather lounges that some riders say evoked a 1960s “Mad Men” vibe of martini gatherings.

Malloy says the New Haven Line remains the country’s busiest commuter rail line. The service carried more than 40 million passengers last year.