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.