Derby Tramways Company

Summary
Relatively few photos exist that show tramway staff prior to the corporation take over of 1899. Those that do, indicate that staff wore a variety of heavy duty informal attire (jacket and trousers), along with the almost ubiquitous bowler hat. Although the use of informal attire was common practice amongst horse tramway operators, where the Derby Tramways Company differed was in issuing a standard greatcoat. These garments had distinctive collars of a darker material than the coat; no insignia of any kind appears to have been worn.

Photographs of inspectors have not survived, and indeed, the company may never have employed them.

For more information on Derby's horse tramways, see: 'Derby Trams and Buses by Alan G Doig and Maxwell Craven; Trent Valley Publications (1986).

Images


Horse tram drivers and conductors
Derby Tramways Company horse trama nd crew
Horse tram and crew on London Rd Bridge en route to Deadmans Lane - the photo is undated, but as it shows one of the original horse cars, it may be quite early. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Derby Tramways Company horse tramc rew
A blow-up of the above photo showing the crewmen, looking very dapper, and clearly wearing informal attire, but with the company-issued greatcoats, which had distinctive collars of a darker material than the coat itself.


Dery Tramways Company horse tram
A DTCo horse tram, possibly No 11, on the move - photo undated, but probably taken in the mid-to-late 1890s. Both figures appear to be wearing informal attire, though the driver really cannot be made out properly. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.