We met Bill Eggers at a local fair in Connecticut. He built every last part of this replica stagecoach by hand. He's lent it to be driven in a couple of parades, pulled by ponies, as it is 3/4 size. He doesn't drive horses himself. He said he just thought it would be a fun project. Now there's a guy with some dedication! He chuckled that he built it 3/4 size mostly so it would fit through the the door to his workshop.
The neatest thing, I thought, was the suspension. The box - the part the passengers sit in - is suspended from the wheels and base by two 75 foot leather straps that are wrapped back and forth on themselves, creating the thick black line you can see below the passenger compartment. That way the passengers and driver don't feel the bump of every rut in the road.
He said it's an accurate replica (except for being smaller) of a typical Wells Fargo stagecoach. It's even got a lockbox beneath the driver's seat for the "gold" and a replica firearm hanging from the driver's seat to fend off "robbers." The big "stick" on the near side of the driver's seat is the brake.
The interior's all leather, and there's a mural on the door.
It was a nice piece of work!