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Bring 703 Back to Life

$3,860 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 58 people in 4 months

Bring 703 Back to Life

703 is the last existing Columbus streetcar of its series.  It was built in 1925 by the G.C. Kuhlman Car Company.  It weighs 36,620 pounds and is a little over 45 feet long.  It can seat 48 passengers and 2 crew members.

Streetcars first arrived in Columbus in 1863 but were pulled by horses until around 1888 when they then were powered by electricity.  The last true streetcar finished it route in Columbus on September 5, 1948.  703 ferried passengers along Parsons and Neil Avenues and High Street into Clintonville during the roaring 20’s and Depression.

703 was saved from the scrape yard when it was purchased  by the Ohio Railway Museum in 1962.  Visitors enjoyed tours and rides until it became time for it to be put into storage awaiting its time for restoration.  That time is now!!!  703 and the museum need YOUR help to bring 703 back to life and once again allow visitors to enjoy taking a step back into history and learn about the last existing Columbus streetcar.  Any donation will help bring this car back into operation.

The Ohio Railway Museum is located in Worthington, Ohio and is operated by volunteers.  It was founded in 1948 and is one of the oldest railway museums in America.  The museum is designed to educate through displays and demonstrations, the role and effects of the railroad in the life of people and businesses of Ohio and the United States.  The museum is a 501(C3) non-profit organization.

Thank you in advance for your help in our project!!!




This is what car 703 looked like in her younger years !!!!  Please help us get her back on track !

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We just got the email that the Tom E. Dailey foundation has awarded 703 a $1,000 grant and the check is being mailed out. The foundation has also placed a challenge to all our donors and future donors!!!! The foundation will match $ for $ any new donations from now until the Dec 31st up to a max of $1,500. Please continue to spread the word. We are getting closer. A BIG thank you to the Tom Dailey Foundation for their support !!!!
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Thank you to 10TV news for your news report on 703 and the restoration efforts !!


https://www.10tv.com/article/last-columbus-streetcar-needs-25000-repairs
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Well today we had some bad news. 20th Century Electric Railroad foundation has withdrew their offer for the matching grant. Even though their board had approved the grant, their founder Arthur Jones veto that decision and said he wasn't supporting it. His reasoning was because we don't have an indoor facility at this time. I explained that a building was in our plans in the future.

So now than ever the museum and 703 needs the help of our supporters so that 703 can once again ride the rails. We are not going to let this bring us down. We will achieve our goal. We have applied for some other grant money so hopefully they will support our cause. Thank you to all those that have donated. Please continue to share our campaign on your social media pages and in any groups that you are involved in. The more we share our story the more people we can get to support our cause.
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