Douglas Southern Electric Tramways

Good quality photos of the earliest years of the DSET appear not to have survived, so all that can be said is that tramcar crews appear to have worn double-breasted jackets with lapels, though what insignia these carried, if any, remains unknown. By 1908, staff were certainly wearing double-breasted jackets with two rows of fours buttons (of unknown pattern) and lapels; the latter did not carry badges of any kind. Caps were soft-topped and do not appear to have borne badges either. The general style of jacket appears to have remained unchanged right through to the mid 1930s, with only the cap changing - at some point - to a military-style with tensioned crown (top), again without a badge of any kind. In the mid-1930s however, the jackets were changed to a pattern - still double-breasted and with lapels - but with two rows of three buttons that were clearly unreflective, i.e. non-metallic. The general look and feel was of a suit jacket!

Inspectors appear to have worn identical jackets and caps to those issued to tramcar crews, except for a cap badge, which was probably cloth and which appears to have borne a wreath. Whether it also carried the system initials - as was common on several other tranmways - is unknown.

Tramway services were suspended throughout the Great War, so the DSET never employed female staff.

For more information on the DSET, see: 'Douglas Head Marine Drive and Electric Tramway' by A M Goodwyn; Manx Electric Railway Society (1993), as well as 'Double Century' by Stan Basnett and Keith Pearson; Adam Gordon Publishing (1996).


Motormen and conductors
Douglas Southern Electric Tramways Tramcar No 4
Motorman and Inspector (?) with Tramcar No 4 - photo undated, but probably taken in the 1930s. The disc ('No 5'), which was placed on the dash by the inspector, indicates that there were five tramcars in operation. The location is uncertain, but may have been 'The Farm' loop. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.

Douglas Southern Electric Tramways tram driver 1930s
A blow-up of the above photo showing the motorman, whose cap is plain, i.e. without a cap badge. The buttons, in contrast to the following photo, seem reflective and were therefore probably metal.

Douglas Southern Electric Tramway Tram No 7 1939
Douglas Head Marine Drive tramcars (No 1 and No 7) at Douglas Head on the 30th May 1939. Photo by W A Camwell, courtesy of the National Tramway Museum.

Douglas Southern Electric Tramways Tram No 7 and driver
A blow-up of the above photo showing the motorman of Tramcar No 7 - Bobby Moore - in an almost suit-like uniform with plain, non-metallic buttons and devoid insignia. The cap is also badgeless.

Douglas Southern Electric Tramway Tram No 7
Conductor and motorman with Tramcar No 7 - photo undated, but certainly taken no earlier than 1936, when headlamps were fitted to the cars. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.

Senior staff
Douglas Southern Electric Tramways tram inspector
A blow-up of the 1930s shot of Tramcar No 4 above, showing a figure who is almost certainly an inspector. His cap bears a badge that appears to include a wreath, and which was probably made of cloth.

Douglas Southern Electric tramways Chief Inspector Harold Colquitt
A blow up the 1939 W A Camwell shot above showing Chief Inspector Harold Colquitt. He is wearing a plain, suit-like uniform, seemingly identical to that worn by the motorman in the same photograph.