About Us

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Wayne Snider has been buying and restoring antique wagons to their original condition for nearly half a century. In 1965 Wayne restored his first wagon which is currently owned by the Will Rogers Range Riders of Amarillo, Texas. Since then he has restored or repaired over 100 wagons, including horse-drawn hearses, stagecoaches, hitch wagons, tank wagons, carriages, surreys and several buggies.

 

 

 

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Bill Thompson was trained as a machinist and aircraft mechanic prior to joining Wayne's Wagon Works in 1995. Bill has competed in and won several chuck wagon competitions. He has conducted numerous chuck wagon judging clinics for the American Chuck Wagon Association throughout Texas and in Georgia. A true craftsman, Bill's attention to detail is evident in each completed wagon project.

 

 

 

Wayne's Wagon Works restores and repairs all types of horse-drawn vehicles. Bill Thompson, our wheelwright, rebuilds and tightens wooden wheels to their original condition. We have a hydraulic press that shrinks the wheels to tighten them. This big press was built in 1905 and was used by most manufacturers to save labor from heating the tire. For example, John Deere manufactured a wagon every six minutes. So another system had to be used other than heating the tires.

Our specialty is building and outfitting chuck wagons for competition cook-offs, as well as for ranch use. We also build chuck wagons for yard art decoration. Our wagons have been sold to new owners in 17 states and one foreign country. The workshop is located in Amarillo, Texas on West Amarillo Boulevard which was originally Route 66. To date we have sold over 100 completed chuck wagons since 1991.

We have a selection of fine chuck wagons for competition or ranch use. Our chuck wagon prices range from $9,000 to $18,000.

We pride ourselves in authentically restoring wagons

to their original condition.