Trolley to Diner Conversion

What becomes of old trolley cars?, Popular Science asked.

Many old trolleys were re-purposed into roadside restaurants. A diner-on-the-cheap. Not very many survived, due to their inconveniently narrow width, their already used and abused condition after a life on the streets, and their somewhat disreputable image next to new, factory built diners, built specifically for the purpose. While the one from the article hailed from New Jersey, I’ve found quite a few conversions existed in the early days in Maryland. Generally, as soon as enough money could be scraped together, they were replaced, as was the case of the State Diner in Baltimore, a used 1930s Silk City, which replaced a re-purposed streetcar in the 1950s.


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