Dublin and Lucan Steam Tramway / Dublin and Lucan Electric Railway
Several reasonable quality photographs have survived that show staff of the Dublin and Lucan Steam Tramway Company, a concern which operated its own line, as well as an extension to it, leased from the Lucan, Leixlip and Cellbridge Steam Tramway Company. In common with the vast majority of steam tramway operators, drivers and firemen/stokers (always two in the case of the D&LSTCo) wore typical railway footplate-like attire, namely, cotton jackets and trousers, along with cotton caps or greasetop hats. Neither the hats nor the jackets bore insignia of any kind. Conductors on the other hand appear to have been issued with waistcoats (with six metal buttons of unknown pattern) and three-quarter length jackets with upright collars; it is unclear whether the latter carried any insignia. Caps were in a kepi-style and carried a prominent cap badge, an example of which has yet to come to light, though in all probability, it was of embroidered cloth.
The photographic record for the electric era - during which the concern operated as the 'Dublin and Lucan Electric Railway Company - is unfortunately sparse indeed; it is therefore only possible to describe the uniform in the most general terms. Motormen and conductors working the new electric services were issued with single-breasted jackets with lapels; although the jackets were apparently brown, nothing else is known about the badges or insignia. The situation with respect to caps is also unclear, though one photograph clearly shows a crew wearing straw boaters, a common practice on the D&LER's near neighbour, the Dublin United Tramways Company. At some point, probably around the time of the Great War, the uniforms were changed to a double-breasted, lancer-style of tunic with two rows of five buttons and upright collars, with military-style caps. Once again, nothing is known about the insignia that these would undoubtedly have carried.
Following the bankruptcy of the D&LER and closure of the system in 1925, the line remained dormant, eventually being relaid some two years later - by the DUTCo - to the standard gauge of 5ft 3ins, after which is was operated by them. Staff working the services during this period would therefore have worn the standard DETCo uniforms (see link).
It is currently unclear whether the D&LSTCo or the D&LER employed inspectors, and certainly no photographs appear to have survived.
For a history of this tramway, see: 'The Dublin, Lucan and Leixlip Steam Tramways and Electric Railways' by Alan T Newham; 'The Tramway Review' Volumes 32 (p222-232) and 33 (p3-19); Light Railway Transport League (1962). For an overview of the Irish tram scene, including the Dublin and Lucan, see 'Irish Trams' by James Kilroy; Colourpoint Books (1996).
Steam tram drivers and conductors
A busy scene with Dublin and Lucan Steam Tram No 5, a Kitson product delivered in 1884 - photo undated, but judging by the condition of the engine and the various types of headwear in evidence, probably taken in the late 1880s or early 1890s. The location is probably Lucan Village (with thanks to John Kelleher for the identification).
A blow-up of the above photo showing some of the assembled men. The figure fourth from the left appears to be wearing a uniform waistcoat with a kepi-style cap, whilst two of the three central figures are probably the engine driver and fireman/stoker.
An unidentified Kitson, though seemingly one of the smaller engines in the stable, so probably either No 1, 2 or 3. The photo is thought to have been taken around 1895 at Conyngham, a date supported by the tired-looking condition of the first carriage - a vehicle of the Lucan, Leixlip and Cellbridge Steam Tramway, which was effectively an extension of the D&LST opened in 1890. Author's Collection.
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver and stoker/fireman, both of whom are wearing cotton jackets and railway-footplate style caps (without badges).
Another blow-up of the above photo, this time showing the figure (on the right) in smart three-quarter-length jacket, waistcoat and kepi-style cap. He is probably the conductor, though clearly lower in rank than the rather intimidating and thick-set individual in the foreground, who is probably a manager or a foreman.
An evocative image - taken circa 1895 - of two school excursion trains (the second is out of shot to the right) at Ballydowd. The engine is one of the larger Kitsons, No 6.
A blow-up of the above photo showing the engine driver and fireman/stoker aboard No 6, both in railway footplate-like attire. The figure in the kepi-style cap and long coat is probably a conductor, though he could equally well be an inspector or even a station master.
Motormen and conductors
A staged shot intended to show the distinctive curved trolley boom of one of the new electric cars, this example being No 15. With thanks to the National Tramway Museum.
A blow-up of the above photo, which although of poor quality, does show that the conductor is wearing a single-breasted jacket with lapels, and a straw boater, the latter being a particular favourite of Dublin tramway systems during the summer months.
Motorman at the controls of Dublin and Lucan Electric Railway No 15 - photo undated, but probably taken in the early 1920s. He is wearing a lancer-style tunic and military style cap with a tensioned crown (top). Author's Collection.