Coupé-Landauer, Type XX Stagecoach with eight seats

Wagenfabrik Josef Rohrbacher, Vienna, 1894

 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Collection Area
Information & Communication
medien.welten (media.worlds)
1850 - 1899


Apart from conveying mail, stagecoaches also transport travellers. An extensive network of travel routes is set up, which exists until the era of railway transportation comes into being.

Since the 18th century, public stagecoaches transport passengers, letters and parcels according to set schedules and rates. In places where the postal routes intersect, the connection times are coordinated. This makes travel times calculable, mile indicators, postal route maps and travel guides make it possible to plan routes. Printed regulations govern travelling; travel documents ensure complete state control. Every 15 to 30 kilometres, horses and stagecoach are changed at post relay stations. When the stagecoach approaches the station, the coachman issues a signal with his post horn, thereby informing the station to get fresh horses and staff ready. Improvements in the construction of coaches and road building speed up the postal transport. Nevertheless, the railway replaces the stagecoach on long-distance routes from 1860 onwards. It is, however, still used in rural areas and on mountain passes. Even around 1900, stagecoaches are still widely used to transport passengers from the train station to the health resort.

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