Bring 703 Back to Life
703 is the last existing Columbus streetcar of its series. Built in 1925 by the G.C. Kuhlman Car Company, 703 weighs in at 36,620 pounds and is a
little over 45 feet long. It can seat 48 passengers along with 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 its 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.
The Ohio Railway Museum saved 703 from the scrape yard when they purchased it in 1962. Visitors enjoyed tours and rides until it became time for it to be put into storage awaiting restoration. That time is now!!! 703 and the museum need YOUR help to bring 703 back to life to 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 !