Beans beans the wonderful fruit……………………..
Well maybe not beans. “Going to beans” is railroader parlance for taking a meal break. Infact, the common slang for a railroad eatery is a beanery.
Few if any beaneries or flop houses, railroad provided hotel/dorm, still exist. The railroads have found it cheaper to contract local providers to provide these services. But the slang term is still used when a crew request a lunch break.
In many small towns sometimes even on railroad street you will find a small diner called railroad cafe.