Trolley Car Diner Closes; May Reopen


Along with many positive developments of Fall 2019, was the initially sad news that the Trolley Car Diner in Philadelphia’s Mount Airy neighborhood closed after 19 years. The diner had become a neighborhood gathering spot and neon showplace. Mounted on a 42’ stainless backing, the sign’s neon wheels turned and a power line sparked while the traffic light was green. When the light turned red, the wheels stopped and doors opened, revealing driver and departing passenger.

But news is looking up: the present owner reported in late November 2019 that “the neon will be saved by the buyer of the property and reused on site, along with the 1952 Mountain View Diner.”