A coal box buggy will be a special feature of the Echuca Historical Society’s ‘Night at the Museum’ tomorrow night.ZACH HUBBER March 7, 2014 4:40am
Volunteers John Moore and Jim Coombs, worked the restoration of a coal box buggy at the Echuca Historical Society Museum.
A night of old-fashioned fun is in store at the Echuca Historical Society’s ‘Night at the Museum’ tomorrow night.
The annual event will be made extra special when a restored 19th century coal box buggy is revealed.
Moama resident Jim Coombs offered to help restore the dilapidated vehicle, which was donated to the society.
Mr Coombs, a qualified tradesman, said it took him 13 months to restore the buggy to its former glory.
‘‘I was self-employed for 35 years in the building game, mainly restoring old homes and fashion houses,’’ Mr Coombs said.
‘‘I’ve done a bit with old cars. I like playing with them.
‘‘This one looked like a bit of a challenge, so I thought, ‘Why not?’’’
Despite his trade skills, Mr Coombs still had a few things to learn when it came to coal box buggies.
‘‘I had to get some books from the library and learn a few things first,’’ he said.
With the help of others in the community, Mr Coombs stripped down the buggy, searched for parts and brought it back to life.
Even his biggest bugbear
According to Mr Coombs, the horse-drawn buggy was the ‘‘Rolls Royce of buggies back in the day’’.
Tomorrow’s event also features a treasure hunt, Welsh stick puppets and Australian bush music by the River Port Pickers.
A Night at the Museum runs from 6pm to 8pm. Entry is $10 for adults and free for children under 16.
A raffle will also take place on the night, located at 1 Dickson St, Echuca.
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