Chinook's 1950's era Diesel Diner to be repurposed in Rudyard
November 14, 2018
A short history of the Diesel Diner/Trail Café/Betty's Diner/Sugar Shack
Alert "Journal" readers may recall a February, 2015 story about Chinook's original Diesel Diner. The 'rail car diner' was a style of small eateries that blossomed in the northeast in the 1920's and finally made its way to the upper Midwest by mid-century. Rail car diners allowed an aspiring business owner to start a business with minimal capital.
The Diesel Diner started in Chinook in 1950, located on a lot adjacent to Highway 2 in what is now a CHS fencing/panels display area. A few years later, no one is certain ex...