|Jackie Pemberton, shown here, is the proud owner of this authentic reproduction Stage Coach. Built to exact specifications by an Amish company in New Hampshire it accurately represents a time in the history of our country that was unique and exciting. The only changes from how the original coaches were made is the addition of ball-bearing axles and hydraulic brakes for safety reasons.|
Mountain scenes were
popular graphics effects used on most stage coach doors, this
rendering of the Grand Tetons fits with the popular style of the
period of mid to late 1800's. Pictorial painted by Larry Elliott of
Elliott Design and pin-striping help was provided by J.D. Hart of
Hart Signs & Stripes of Paris, TN.
The project was accomplished in 5 days with two people working on different parts of the coach at the same time. A fun project but quite stressful at times with the strange positions you had to get in to stripe some of the undercarriage, at times you were laying flat of your back and others you would be standing on one foot reaching through the spokes to stripe the body.
|Every Stage Line had it's name emblazoned above the doors, there were a great number of small stage companies that delivered passengers, mail and goods across the nation as well as the well known ones like Wells Fargo and Overland Stage lines.|
|The appearance of a stage coach up close is very impressive, it's size is somewhat larger than most people realize. Although the undercarriage is made from massive pieces of Oak and heavy steel straps and bolts it still has an elite look. The rear spoke wheels are 55 inches tall and the front wheels are nearly 45 inches. Passengers ride in comfort on well padded seats and the carriage body is swing-mounted to absorb bumps. If the roads back then were as smooth as modern-day roads the ride would have been quite comfortable.|
|Most stage lines were authorized carriers of the new and growing U.S. Mail System, eventually replacing the Pony Express riders. Security was maintained by the "Shotgun Rider" who sat high atop with the driver and watched for bandits and robbers.|
Since posting these
pics Mr. Pemberton has sold the coach to a movie production
company used it in a remake of an old western
3:10 TO YUMA. The movie premiered September 7th 2007.
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|This and the next two photos shows scenes that could have been straight out of the 1800's. Jackie Pemberton and his shotgun rider take the coach with a four-up team out for a leisurely ride around the farm.|
have been commissioned to stripe and decorate another stage coach
for Mr. Pemberton.
this link shows pictures of the new project.
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