Omnibus met paard

Object number 2005


Horse-drawn ‘omnibus’

Soon after the first rail line connecting Amsterdam and Haarlem opened in 1839, these so-called ‘omnibuses’ were taken into service in the capital. These horse-drawn carriages could carry 12 passengers at a time from the train station to the city centre. Considering the signs of wear, this realistic wooden model of such an Amsterdam omnibus – complete with horse – was most likely used as a toy.