Trolley Conversions- Maryland and Virginia

Some recent additions to my collection. These photos were taken in 1965. There used to be quite a few trolley conversions in the mid atlantic (and elsewhere), but they just didn’t hold up as well as factory built diners. By the time they came into service as diners, most had served a full lifetime of service on the roads, so the condition was obviously not as good as a factory built diner. It took work, money and some jerry-rigging to change them over from transportation to food service. But they could be picked up and converted on the cheap, so they were a good way to get into the business. It seems most owners traded up to a proper factory built diner, or to a on-site construction once they had earned enough money to do so, so the trolleys didn’t survive very well.

Maryland
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Maryland
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Virginia
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Virginia
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Stops from May 26, 2009 Diner Trip

Airport Diner – 15110 Kutztown Rd. – Kutztown, PA.
The Airport diner is a 1960 Silk City, serial number 6027, with zig-zag stainless

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Philco sign – Pauley’s Electric Shop
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222 Dutch Lanes Bowling
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Emmaus Bowling Center – 16 Lanes – AMF – Emmaus, PA
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Plaza 2331. Dig that plaid.
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Trivet Family Restaurant – Breinigsville, PA – 1970s DeRaffele
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Trucking Sign- Emmaus, PA
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5th Street Diner – Temple, PA. Kullman replacing a Silk City
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Giant Penguin
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Backside of the Prospect Diner- Columbia, PA, a 1955 Kullman, as seen from the highway
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