Doyle’s Restaurant, formerly Woody’s Diner - Shelbyville, DE
The dining car that we ate in was one of about 1500 diners manufactured between 1926 and 1966 by the Paterson Vehicle Company. The dining cars were known as Silk City Diners since they were manufactured in Paterson, NJ, which was known as “silk city” due to the weaving mills producing silk.
Each diner car has its own unique number. This diner car number is 5092 which means it was the 92nd diner car produced in 1950.
The dining car, which was originally called Woody’s Diner, was purchased by Woody Sturgis in 1950 and quickly became a popular spot for locals.
In 1983 it was sold and renamed to Doyle’s Restaurant. At that time they added an addition. Very few changes were made to the diner car - keeping the inside as “original” as possible.
On March 21, 2015 a historical marker was placed outside the diner calling it the oldest operating and best preserved Silk City dining car in the state.
Located at: 38218 DuPont Blvd., Shelbyville, DE