Cleethorpe Urban District Council Tramways

Summary
Cleethorpes Urban District Council (subsequently 'Corporation') operated a tramway service for almost exactly one year, taking over the lines of the Great Grimsby Street Tramways Company within the municipal boundary, before replacing them with trolley buses (in 1937).

Motormen and conductors were issued with single-breasted jackets with five buttons, two waist and two breast pockets (with button closures), epaulettes (with button fastenings) and lapels; the epaulettes and lapels appear not to have carried badges. Caps were in a military style with a tensioned crown (top); whilst some caps were simply worn without a cap badge, it would appear that other members of staff continued to wear the 'circle and bar' cap badge that they had worn during the latter years of the Great Grimsby Street Tramways Company (see link).

Tramcar staff were also issued with double-breasted greatcoats with two rows of five buttons, epaulettes and high, fold-over collars; both epaulettes and collars were left plain, i.e. they were devoid of badges.

Photographs of inspectors have unfortunately not survived, so it is currently impossible to say what uniforms were worn.

For a history of Cleethorpes UDC Tramways, see: 'The Tramways of Grimsby, Immingham and Cleethorpes' by J H Price; Light Rail Transit Association.

Images

Motormen and conductors
Cleethorpes UDC Tramways tram crew 1937
A Cleethorpes crew poses with an unidentified tramcar in June 1937, the month before closure. The conductor is wearing a PSV badge on his left lapel, indicating that he also worked on the buses. The motorman is wearing a 'circle and bar'-shaped cap badge, which would appear to have been inherited from the Great Grimsby Street Tramways Company, as photos exists showing GGSTCo staff wearing a similar-shaped badge shortly before the Cleethorpes take-over (see link). Photo courtesy of the Jill Smith collection.


East Midlands Area PSV Traffic badge
East Midland Area PSV traffic badge - conductor No 7048 - of the type that would have been worn by Cleethorpes conductors. These badges were first issued in April 1935, so the conductor above would certainly have had one with a similarly low number. With thanks to the Stephen Howarth collection.


Cleetorpes Corporation Tramways Tram No 38  1937
Cleethorpes Corporation Tramways No 38 in Grimsby Rd on 24th April 1937. Photo courtesy of the Jill Smith collection.


Cleethorpes Corporation Tramways motorman 24th April 1937
A blow-up of the above photo showing the motorman, who once again appears to be wearing the 'circle and bar' cap badge used in the latter years of the GGSTCo.


Cleethorpes UDC Tramway licences
Cleethorpes Urban District Council 'Conductor' and 'Motorman' Licences - brass. There is currently no photographic evidence to confirm that these were ever worn, either by tramcar staff of Cleethorpes UDC, or of its predecessor, the Great Grimsby Street Tramways Company.


Cleethorpes UDC tram licences
These licences are also purportedly from Cleethorpes; however, once again, there is currently no photographic evidence to confirm that these were ever worn, either by tramcar staff of Cleethorpes UDC, or of its predecessor, the Great Grimsby Street Tramways Company.