Red Top Diner on Route 66, Edgewood, New Mexico by Mitchell Tillison

Red Top Diner on Route 66, Edgewood, New Mexico by 

This Valentine Diner was manufactured by the Arthur Valentine company and was once part of a chain of identically constructed, individually serialized diners that stretched across the United States and operated using the Valentine Lunch System. This diner is no longer in working condition, but a surprising number still are. Of those, some are still located on old Route 66.

Due to its location and orientation, it is impossible to get a shot of this diner that does not include power lines and other distractions. So, I did quite a bit of work to clone those out and put in a nice evening sky from Santa Fe.

Pentax K20D, 1/80 @ F8, ISO 200, 18mm


  • fauselr
    fauselralmost 6 years ago

    very nice

  • Thanks!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • VonMcKnelly
    VonMcKnellyalmost 6 years ago

    Kick butt drop dead killer image dude…
    I lived on places like this years ago traveling through the Southwest.

  • Von, you’re comments are killer, too! Thanks!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Carla Jensen
    Carla Jensenalmost 6 years ago

    Outstanding find and capture…TheBlindHog!!! they sure did design this to really standout did they !! Fantastic work wtg!!

  • I agree, Carla, they did a good job with the design and then the owners have been mighty creative with them, too. This one is a bit dinged and dented, but some of the luster shines through. Thanks for your comment!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Patricia Montgomery
    Patricia Montg...almost 6 years ago

    Fascinating narrative on the Valentine Diners! And what a great image! Excellent post processing work – well done!

  • Thanks very much, Patricia! I appreciate your comments. I hope all is well with you.

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Tom Vaughan
    Tom Vaughanalmost 6 years ago

    what a wonderful piece of the U.S. I’d love two fried eggs over easy, hold the grease.

  • Sorry, Tom. The cook is “out to lunch.” Thanks very much for your comment!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • stagni
    stagnialmost 6 years ago

    mother but there is only him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    however beautiful picture, great colors, congratulations!

  • La ringrazio molto, Valentina!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • BigD
    BigDalmost 6 years ago

  • Big D, thank you very much for the big “thumbs up”!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Kathleen Stephens
    Kathleen Stephensalmost 6 years ago

    Edgelwood is an interesting town. Considered living there at one time. Settled on Rio Rancho instead.

    Love your Redtop – great job with it :)

  • Thanks, neighbor!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • joyousmoon
    joyousmoonalmost 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature! Nicely done. Great classic piece!

  • Thanks, Pam!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Birgitta
    Birgittaalmost 6 years ago

    This would look so good at night with a tripod & long exposure..
    really good capture here & interesting place!

  • Thanks for your interest, Birgitta. I might take your suggestion for a long exposuere this winter, when the nights are longer!

    – Mitchell Tillison

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