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Bring 703 Back to Life

$5,463 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 79 people in 7 months
Created April 14, 2018
Fundraising Team

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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I just got word from the Dailey Foundation that the $1,500 donation check for the challenge is being sent out!!! We are approaching the half way mark slowly. Please continue to spread the word, share on your social media and in the social media groups you are members of, and donate as much or as little as you can. Together we will make this happen and 703 will be riding the rails once again !!!! Thank you to all who have donated and have been supporting 703
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We have reached the $1,500 challenge set by Tom E. Dailey foundation! I have sent them an email advising that we have met the challenge and to see if there is anything else we need to do to receive the matching $1,500. Please continue to share and talk about our campaign! We are still a ways from our goal but we will get there!!!!! Thank you to all who has donated !!!!
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We have now raised 20% of our goal !!! Keep up the good work !!
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Our 2018 Ghost Trolley event is approaching !!! How cool would it be to have 703 ready to be apart of these festivities is 2019 !!!!! With your continued support we can make this happen !! Please consider continuing to donate and share our campaign page ! Without our supporters 703 may have never been able to ride the rails again !!! Thank you again to everyone who has donated !!!
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$5,463 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 79 people in 7 months
Created April 14, 2018
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