About Erwin Weiland
Erwin Weiland came to Arizona and fell in love with “The West”.
His childhood passion for woodworking discovered an innate talent as a 14-year-old apprentice in Germany’s Ruhr Valley. He learned woodworking the traditional way and with much hard work went on to obtain a master’s degree in fine woodworking. The list of his career accomplishments are long, but here we will connect the dots back to his love of the west.
It seemed a natural attraction when Mr. Weiland first set eyes on an old west stagecoach. Being one who loves a challenge and has the skill and talent for such a project, he started the process of research to build his own stagecoach.
His coach of choice was the 9-passenger Heavy Western Concord originally built by Abbott & Downing of Concord, New Hampshire in 1890. Mr. Weiland did much research on his re-creation – weeks, months, and years spent discussing history and details with blacksmiths and stagecoach restorers across the country, and devotion to chasing original plans from local libraries to the Smithsonian Institution. This model of stagecoach truly was the most luxurious of its day.
About the Concord Stagecoach
The 1885 nine-passenger Heavy Western Concord is the preferred model offered by The Arizona Stagecoach Company. This type of coach was used by The Butterfield Stage line (green coaches), Wells Fargo (red coaches), and several other lines to transport passengers, mail and gold shipments between Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Oregon.
About Our Authentic Reproduction Stagecoaches
About the Coaches
Our coaches are built from selected kiln dried hardwood. 10-15 full cowhides of 1/4 inch leather are used for the thorough braces, front and luggage booths. The finest soft leather and fabrics are used for the inside tufting and upholstery. Approximately 150 pieces of iron and steel are used for the running gear and the fittings.
Frontwheels: 12 spokes / 45” diameter
Rearwheels: 14 spokes / 60” diameter
It takes 2,000 man hours to make one coach.