Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums
Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston, Alberta

Restoration Shop

The Restoration Shop at the Remington Carriage Museum takes worn out horse-drawn vehicles and restores them to the condition the owner requests.

In addition to work for the Remington Carriage Museum, the Restoration Shop does work for private collectors and other museums and historical organizations.

We use a combination of state of the art technology, and traditional tools and techniques to restore vehicles to their original glory.

We are currently working on the following projects:

Our shop is often asked to restore wheels. There are many buggies and wagons on the road, and like your car, the wheels need servicing on occasion. These wagon wheels will be repaired to "like new" condition.

This classy Landau will have new wheels. When we received this vehicle its wheels were in bad shape. It is almost ready for painting.

These large wheels are "Red River Cart" wheels. The hub and all of the components have been hand-built at the Remington Carriage Museum. The seat to the right is for a Surrey that is being restored.

This is a Surrey body. The running gear is in the picture below. It will be a complete restoration when it is complete, most of the wood and metal were salvageable.

 

This light weight running gear supports the weight of the vehicle over the wheels. Note the semicircle fifth wheel atop the front axle.

Some of our past work:

Burnco Belly Dump Wagon

This was one of the original Burns Company wagons used in Calgary over 100 years ago. Almost all of the wood had to be replaced, as it was too far gone to be salvaged. The wood did serve the purpose of providing a template or pattern of what would need to be rebuilt. Much of the original metal and running gear were restored.

This is the Burnco Belly Dump wagon fully restored to what it would have looked like when it was first purchased. Notice the grey with red trim, the colors of the company to this day.

Drop Front Phaeton

A customer from Montana brought this project for restoration. It may not look like there is much to work with, but there was quite a bit of original material worth restoring. The wood and metal were almost all restored, rather than being replaced.

This is the final result. One of the remarkable parts of restoration is discovering little surprises along the way. On this project it was thought that the leather seats were black, but they were not. The original green leather had faded and then blackened over time. Once the leather was examined more closely it was discovered that it was a beautiful green. The leather that replaces it matches the original color perfectly.

Portland Cutter

This is another project that looked worse than it was. Much of the wood could be saved.

This cutter had a unique platform spring that gave more comfort to the passengers than would typically be found on a small sleigh.

A cutter was a small, relatively inexpensive vehicle, but they were the classic "one horse open sleigh".

If you have a project you think we could help you with, or if you are interested in attending a Restoration Shop seminar or workshop, contact jeremy.masterson@gov.ab.ca

Last reviewed/revised: March 18, 2016