Grimsby Corporation Tramways
Grimsby Corporation operated a tramway service for just short of 12 years, taking over the lines of the Great Grimsby Street Tramways Company within the municipal boundary, before eventually replacing them with trolley buses in 1937.
Motormen and conductors were issued with single-breasted jackets with five buttons - bearing the full system title and muncipal shield device (see link) - two breast pockets (with button closures), epaulettes (with button fastenings) and upright collars; the epaulettes probably bore an employee number on each side, whereas the collars bore an employee number on the bearer's left-hand side (in indiividual metal numerals), and system initials, ' G C T', on the right-hand side (in individual metal letters). The insignia were very probably brass to begin with, and later on nickel. Caps were in a military style with a tensioned crown (top) and these bore a municipal shield badge, again probably brass (initially), later on superseded by nickel.
Tramcar staff were also issued with double-breasted greatcoats with two rows of five buttons, epaulettes and high, fold-over collars; the collars did not carry badges of any kind, whereas the epaulettes probably bore an employee number.
Inspectors wore typical tramway inspector uniforms, namely: single-breasted jackets with hidden buttons (or an hook and eye affair) with slit breast pocket, both pocket and jacket edged in a finer amterial than the main body, and with upright collears; the latter probably bore the grade - 'inspector' - in embroidered script lettering. Caps were military in style with a tensioned crown (top), and probably bore the grade in embroidered script lettering.
For a history of Grimsby Corporation Tramways, see: 'The Tramways of Grimsby, Immingham and Cleethorpes' by J H Price; Light Rail Transit Association.
Motormen and conductors
The crew of Tram No 56, bound for Peoples Park, pose for the camera - photo undated, but given the smart condition of the tram, probably taken not long after 1925 when this vehicle was acquired from Sunderland District Electric Tramways. Author's Collection
A blow-up of the above photo showing details of the conductor's uniform. The collars bear an employee number on the left-hand side (appears to be 84) and system initials ('G C T') on the right-hand side. The epaulettes also appear to carry an employee number.
Grimsby Corporation Tramways cap badge - nickel. Author's Collection
Grimsby Corporation Tramways conductor - photo undated, but probably taken in the late 1920s or the early 1930s. Unlike the previous photograph, his collars are unadorned. Photo courtesy of the Jill Smith collection.
A line up of GCT staff outside the Town Hall during an unknown formal occasion, possibly a funeral - photo undated, but probably taken in the 1930s. Photo courtesy of the Jill Smith collection.
A blow-up of the above photo showing some of the motormen and conductors in their greatcoats; all the collars on show are plain, i.e. devoid of badges of any kind.
A blow-up of the parade above showing the inspector, who is wearing typical tramway inspector garb.