Edinburgh Northern Tramways

Summary
Several photographs exist depicting staff of the Edinburgh Northern Tramways Company, though seemingly all taken rather late in it's life, namely, around the time of its take-over by the Edinburgh and District Tramways Company (1st July 1897), and possibly even on the same day. Conductors and drivers wore smart but informal attire (probably self funded), with soft-topped, railway-style caps as the sole officially issued item. These caps carried a round badge, which presumably bore the name of the company or a company device, though this is merely speculation, as to the best of my knowledge, no examples have survived. All jackets were thus devoid of insignia, and almost bore unmarked buttons.

Inspectors wore long, double-breasted overcoats with lapels, the upper part of which (the collars) bore 'Inspector' in embroidered script lettering. Headgear took the form of a kepi-style cap which bore the grade - 'Inspector' - again in embroidered script lettering.

For a detailed history of the Edinburgh Northern Tramways Company, see: 'Edinburgh's Transport - Volume 1, The Early Years' by D L G Hunter; The Mercat Press (1992).

Images

Cable tram drivers and conductors
Edinburgh Northern Tramways Co cable tram in Inverleith Row 1897
An unidentified ENTCo cable tram in Inverleith Row, around the time the company was taken over by the Edinburgh and District Tramways Company (1st July 1897). The driver (right) and conductor (left) are clearly wearing cap badges of some description.


Edinburg Northern Tramways cable tram driver
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver, who is wearing overalls, along with a soft-topped railway-style cap. Although the latter appears to bear two badges, it seems more than likely that it is in fact just a single round badge, with the bottom part actually being a reflection from the glossy chin strap.


Edinburgh Northern Trawmays Company
A blow-up of the main photo showing the conductor, who is cleartly wearing a uniform, as well as the same style cap and badge as the driver. The figure on the right appears to be a senior official, though not an inspector, given that his cap bears no badge, unlike the individual shown below.


Edinburgh Northern Tramways Co cable tram in Inverleith Row 1897
Another photo at the same location as shown above, once again an unidentified cable car, but with the driver clearly wearing a smart jacket and trousers.


Edinburgh Northern Tramways tram driver
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver. Other than the cap, he is probably wearing self-purchased attire rather than an officially issued uniform.


Edinburgh Northern Tramways tram conductor
Another blow-up of the above photo, this time showing the conductor, who also appears to be wearing smart but informal attire.


Edinburgh Northern Trawmays cable tram at Inverleith Row
Yet another photo taken at Inverleith Row - photo undated, but probably taken shortly after the E&DTCo take-over.


Edinburgh Northern Tramways cable tram driver
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver, who is clearly wearing a double-breasted uniform jacket with collar badges, as well as a kepi-style cap. The most likely explanation is that the photo was taken after the E&DTCo take-over, and the collar badges are 'E D T' initials.


Edinburgh Northern Tramways conductor
Another blow-up of the above photo, this time showing the conductor, who is once again in smart but informal attire, though this time without a cap.


Senior staff
Edinburgh Northern Tramways inspector
A blow-up from the first photo above showing the inspector. His overcoat and kepi-style cap clearly bear his grade - Inspector - in embroidered script lettering.


Edinburgh Northern Tramways official
A blow-up from the second photo above. The man depicted appears to be the same bearded individual seen in the first photograph above. He is clearly an official of some kind, though what grade he held and which company he worked for is unclear (the photo was possibly taken after the take-over by the Edinburgh and District Tramways Company).