History: Central Ohio's railroad relics

Brian Ball
Trolley building on Oak Street in the Olde Town East area

The capital city's rail history has left abandoned structures available for redevelopment all over the region. One of those—a five-building trolley-barn complex built between 1880 and 1920 in the Olde Towne East area—is set for a major transformation. Developer Brad DeHays of Connect Realty hopes to gain state tax credits in December to turn the property into the East Market at Franklin Park, apartments and commercial space that may include restaurants operated by the Columbus Brewing Co. and James Anderson of Ray Ray's Hog Pit fame. Here are some other railroad relics found elsewhere in Central Ohio.

Columbus Railway, Power & Light Co. depot and powerhouse

Built: 1915

Address: 842 Cleveland Ave., Columbus

Owner: Columbus Realtor Carl H. Woodford, since August 2000

Status: Long vacant. “Private plans” are in the works, a coy Woodford says.

Hocking Valley & Toledo Railway depot

Built: 1895

Address: 100 N. High St., Canal Winchester

Owner: Canal Winchester Area Historical Society

Status: Renovated in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a rail museum, model railroad display and meeting space

Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad station

Built: 1895

Address: 379 W. Broad St., Columbus

Owner: Columbus Firefighters/International Association of Fire Fighters Local 67

Status: Former Volunteers of America headquarters that has served as firefighters' union hall and offices since 2007.

Columbus, Hocking Valley & Toledo Railway depot

Built: 1901

Address: 789 Science Blvd., Gahanna

Owner: Depot Golf Center LLC/Value Recovery Group

Status: Relocated depot from Prospect, Ohio, that now serves as the site of the Golf Depot clubhouse and other amenities