Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop

Builder of Authentic Horse-Drawn
Stagecoaches, Wagons & Carriages
Phone: 605-996-8754

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Restoration of Historic Wagon from Ventura California

This particular wagon is a heavy platform spring express wagon. It was a heavy haul delivery wagon that served the oil and water industries starting in the 1890’s in Ventura, California. Ventura Transfer was the dominant transportation company of that area, moving passengers and freight that originated with the ships in the new Ventura Harbor. With the building of Ventura’s wharf in 1872, coastal steamers put in and landed goods, and these wagons served as transportation delivering pipe and valves from the ships. This wagon traveled on the El Camino Real. The Ventura Transfer Company is still in business today.


Wagon specifications:

  • Heavy, platform-spring express wagon, with overload spring
  • Full turn fifth wheel
  • Cobalt blue and blood red color scheme, along with the striping, follow the original findings
  • Gold Leaf Lettering replicated as found on the original wagon
  • Wagon’s construction mimics that of others in the fleet, suggesting they were by the same maker
  • Ticket box conveniently located next to the driver
  • Unique brake locking mechanism
  • Wagon structure heavily ironed for rigorous duty
  • Unique, heavy rigging tie hooks and sockets for receiving a top or tarp rail
  • Axles from D. Arthur Brown of Concord, New Hampshire, located next to the renowned Abbot Downing shop
  • Gear step design identifies the gear as being a Selle platform
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