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Photo from the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society
 Pictured here is the last regularly scheduled passenger train to pass through Canal Winchester in December 1949. According to historians Lillian Carroll and Frances Steube in their book, "Canal Winchester, Ohio: The Second Ninety Years," the railroad opened in Canal Winchester on Jan. 18, 1869. In the railroad’s heyday in the village, trains passed through with great frequency, including a record setting 68 in a 24 hour period on a December day in 1908. In one week in 1877, 108 railroad cars of grain were shipped out of Canal Winchester. While many of the trains coming to town were freight handlers, passenger trains offered an ease of travel, compared to horse drawn carriages or early automobiles, for those wanting to visit Lancaster or Columbus.

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