Galway and Salthill Tramway

Summary
Numerous photographs of Galway and Salthill horse trams have survived, from the 1880s right through to the demise of the system in 1918. Although there are no close-up photographs of staff, the surviving photographs are nevertheless sufficient to be certain that both drivers and conductors wore informal attire: jacket, shirt and tie, along with the fashionable headgear of the day, initially the bowler hat, and later on the flat cap. There is no evidence to suggest that any badges, including licences, were worn.

Photographs of inspectors have not survived, and it is entirely possible that the G&STCo never employed them. Similarly, it is believed that the company, unlike the vast majority of British tramway concerns, did not employ women during the Great War.

For a history of the system, see: 'The Tramway Review' Volume 39 (p155-171); Light Railway Transport League (1964). For an overview of the Irish tram scene, including the Galway and Salthill line, see 'Irish Trams' by James Kilroy; Colourpoint Books (1996).

Images

Horse tram drivers and conductors
Galway and Salthill Tramway 1880s
An early and wonderfully evocative view of a G&STCo horsecar making its way through an extremely busy Eyre Square, on what may well have been market day - photo undated, but judging by the fashions on display, which include a stovepipe style of hat, possibly taken in the early 1880s. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Galway and Salthill Tram
A blow-up of the above photograph showing the conductor on the rear platform; he is wearing informal attire with a bowler hat.


Galway and Salthill Tramway Eyre Square
Another busy shot of Eyre Square with a driver at the helm of Horsecar No 2 - photo undated, but probably taken in the 1880s. Original photo believed to be held in the National Library of Ireland.


Galway and Salthill tram driver 1880s
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver, in smart jacket, shirt and tie, and a style of bowler hat much favoured in the 1880s.


Galway and Salthill Tramway horse tram
G&STCo horsecar in what is probably Shop St, Galway - photo undated, but possibly taken in the 1880s or early 1890s. The conductor is wearing a style of bowler hat (with a curved brim) that was very fashionable in the 1880s. Photo courtesy of Jim Kilroy, tram archivist at the National Transport Museum (see link).


Galway and Salthill Tram No 2 Shop St
Another evocative scene, this time of Horsecar No 2 in Shop St around 1910. The conductor is standing on the extreme left on the platform step; he is in an informal jacket and is wearing a flat cap. Original photo believed to be held in the National Library of Ireland.


Glaway and Salthill horse tram conductor
Another shot of Horsecar No 2, this time in Williamsgate St - photo undated, but probably taken around 1910. The conductor is once again wearing a flat cap. Original photo believed to be held in the National Library of Ireland.


Galway and Salthill Tramway Tram No 3 Eyre Square
Tramcar No 3 captured in Eyre Square in Galway around 1912. Although difficult to make out, the driver is wearing informal attire with a flat cap. Photo courtesy of Jim Kilroy, tram archivist at the National Transport Museum (see link).