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 !