Unlike restaurants that are built on site, classic diners were manufactured then transported to a particular location. Sometimes they were moved a time or two. Diner 22 is well traveled even among diners. Curiously, its latest and longest location in Alexandria, PA occurred by chance.
Originally built in 1919 as a railroad mail car, this diner rode the rails of the East Broad Top Railroad. Following its conversion to a diner, the eatery was situated Kirst in Huntingdon, then across the Juniata River in Smithfield. In 1946, the owner, Ethel Rupert, decided to move the diner to Alexandria, along the then new U.S. Route 22.