Croydon Tramways

Summary
In common with the majority of horse tramways in the UK, conductors and drivers simply wore heavy duty, informal attire: trousers, jacket, shirt and tie, along with heavy overcoats in colder weather. Some drivers also wore traditional heavy leather aprons. Headgear tended to follow the fashion of the day, initially the ubiquitous bowler hat (squat then taller), with other styles - such as the trilby and straw boaters - making an appearance in the closing years. Other than the mandatory Metropolitan Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence badges (see link), no badges of any description appear to have been worn on either the jackets or the hats.

Photographs of inspectors have unfortunately not survived, so it is currently impossible to say if they wore company uniforms or insignia, or indeed, whether any of the owning companies employed them.



Images

Croydon Tramways Company horse tram No 8 and crew
Croydon Tramways Horsecar No 8 at the Red Deer Terminus - photo undated, but possibly taken prior to the amalgamation of the Croydon Tramways Company and the Norwood and District Tramways Company in 1883. Both men are wearing large round Metropolitan PSV badges. Photo courtesy of the National Tramway Museum.


Croydon Tramways Company horse tram No 31
Horsecar Number 31 on a Thornton Heath service - photo undated, but probably taken in the early to mid 1890s under the ownership of the second Croydon Tramways Company. Author's collection.


Croydon Tramways Company Horse tram No 31 and driver
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver in the taller style of bowler hat, characteristic of the 1890s.


Croydon Tramways Company horse tram Number 27
The driver of Croydon Tramways Company Horsecar No 27 (or possibly 17) poses for the camera - photo undated, but probably taken in the mid-to-late 1890s. The driver is wearing a full length leather apron. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Croydon Tramways horse tram No 27
Horsecar No 27 - photo undated, but probably taken shortly before the corporation take-over (January 1900). The man on the rear platform is probably the conductor. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Croydon Tramways Company horse tram and driver
A rare photograph of a horsecar on the move in London Rd - photo undated, but probably taken in the mid-to-late 1890s. The driver is wearing a trilby. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.