Conductor 'conducts' Yale choir on Metro-North

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Not only did I have "The Yale Glee Club" riding my train into NYC on Friday, but later that night they were on my train...

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Substituting a ticket punch for a baton, a commuter train conductor is leading 'likes' at the intersection of Facebook and railroading.

Bob McDonough, a conductor for Metro-North Railroad, was on a train from New Haven to New York where he met members of the Yale Glee Club.  

“I told them I was a conductor, so I must conduct…” McDonough says on his Facebook page, “and somehow they bought it.”
Yale student Greg Suralik recorded the video. It begins with the students grouped to one side of the coach singing “Here We Come A-Wassailing.”

McDonough then comes into the camera frame and interrupts the singing saying, “I’m the conductor, let me conduct.”
He then taps his ticket punch on a metal pole and with much gusto starts to lead the group through a harmonic rendition of “Carol of the Bells.”

The original video posted on Monday has almost one million views on Facebook as of Tuesday night, with more than 19,000 shares.
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