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Württemberg court coach and pioneer in court uniform at a parade in Stuttgart, 1909

The coachman is the driver of a horse-drawn cart or carriage . This term stands for the driver of all types of horse-drawn carts (for people , mail , loads of all kinds). Up until the introduction of the motor vehicle , the coachman was primarily understood to be the domestic driver. In wealthy homes there were employees who only served as coachmen. In the more modest households , the coachman was often also the groom or groom . The drivers of a horse-drawn tram are sometimes called coachmen.

Eigenkutscher was a regional job title for a coachman with his own horse and carriage, who carries out transports for a fee. It's an early form of freight forwarder.

The leaders of rather slow vehicles for transporting goods ( carts ) are called carters or carters.

Today, the drivers of the teams in driving are often referred to as coachmen, but they refer to themselves as (team) drivers.


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Individual evidence

  1. The job title was used around 1842 in the church book of the Evangelical Church of Marggrabowa in East Prussia.