NORWALK - Hundreds packed the bar car one final time Friday evening on trains leaving Grand Central Station along the New Haven line.

Bar cars have been around for decades and served as the place where commuters from Connecticut to Manhattan would gather for a breather during their evening trek home. Transportation officials say the cars are being retired because they can't be paired with the new M8 trains on the New Haven Line.

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Many on board say while there were a few extras on the bar car on the final night, most of the people there were regulars. Riders say never was it about the alcohol; it was more about the camaraderie.

The last bar car left Grand Central for New Haven just after 7:30 p.m.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has said officials are looking into either buying new bar cars for the M8 or retrofitting some, but no final decisions have been made.