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A stagecoach is a type of horse-drawn passenger and/or mail coach, widely-used before the introduction of rail and road transport, which stops periodically at so-called staging posts to take on fresh horses, exchange mail, and to give the passengers and crew food and rest stops.

Today the most familiar image of the stagecoach is in western movies, but they were also used throughout Europe until they were rendered obsolete by faster means of transport.

A constant danger for stagecoach travellers was the threat of robbery by highwaymen[?] or bandits.

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Stagecoach is also the name of a British transport company which operates several bus and rail franchises, and has faced some criticism over its alleged use of anti-competetive practices.

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