Sources for Horse-Drawn Vehicle Plans
Horse-drawn vehicles are available from a number of sources.
Some of these plans and drawings were originally designed for manufacturers
of horse-drawn vehicles. Many, however, were drawn by hobbyists who
build models and therefore may or may not be sufficiently detailed for
building/restoring a full-sized vehicle. In the Spring 2005 issue of
Rural Heritage wheelwright Stan Teitge explains how to use scale-model
plans to build a full-size horse-drawn vehicle.This edition is out of
print, but you can obtain a photocopy of pages 96-97 by sending $4.00
to the address at the bottom of this page.
Carriage Museum of America, 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington,
KY 40511, 859-259-2933,
thousand fashion plates and several hundred working drawings from
the old trade journals Hub and Carriage Monthly, and
some working drawings from Le Guide du Carrosier and Coach
Builders' and Wheelwrights' Art Journal.
Circus Model Builders, Mike Dreiling, 8020 Red Pine Ct, Citrus
Heights, CA 95610,
www.circusmodelbuilders.comcircus wagon drawings of varying quality.
Kayo Fraser, 255 Boulder Road, Deer Lodge, MT 59722, 406-846-3686,
Collins plans (1/8th scale for non-commercial use), John Thompson
plans (mostly 1/8th scale), WagonMaster Plans (1/8th scale, highly
detailed), Southwest Wagon & Wheel Works Plans (for full-size
Guild of Model Wheelwrights, Grev Lyons, 16 Marley
Avenue, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 3SN, United Kingdom, 011-44-1270-212993,
of precision scale models of horse-drawn vehicles including transport and
utility vehicles, light and heavy commercial and passenger vehicles,
private carriages, agricultural machinery, carts, and wagons.
Nederlandse Vereniging van Modebouwers, Van der Hestlaan 5, 1412
HG Naarden, Netherlandsmembers contribute 1/8th scale technical drawings
of farm vehicles and business wagons, which are printed by the club for sale
to other members and to the public.
Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR
97202-2483, 503-222-1741, www.ohs.orgIvan
Collins plans; houses an exhibit of model wagons built by Ivan Collins,
which are included in Ron Brentano's book Historic Vehicles in
Miniature: the Genius of Ivan Collins also sold by the Society.
Smithsonian Carriage Drawings, Room 5010, National Museum of American
History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560-0628, www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nmah/carriage.htmphotocopied
sheets for 43 different models, mostly of American vehicles, available
by mail order only.
If you know of any other sources for plans for the construction
of horse-drawn vehicles, either as working scale models or full scale
models, please contact