Drypool and Marfleet Steam Tramways
Photographs of employees of the Drypool and Marfleet Steam Tramway, either in company or in corporation days, are rare, however, the first photo below, which was probably taken in December 1889, clearly shows that uniforms were not worn. Drivers wore the same clothing as their counterparts on other steam tramways, namely, railway footplate-like clothing: cotton jackets and trousers, and heavy cotton caps. Conductors on the other hand wore smart but informal attire: jacket, trousers, shirt and tie, along with the fashionable headgear of the day, initially the tall bowler, and towards the end of the system's life, the flat cap.
Steam tram drivers and conductors
What looks to be a fairly new No 6 (a Thomas Green product) and its pristine G F Milnes-built, top-covered trailer, suggesting that the photo was taken soon after the former's delivery in December 1889.
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver, in typical cotton jacket and cap, devoid of badges.
Another blow-up of the above photo, this time showing the conductor (left). He is wearing informal attire and a tall bowler hat, a style that was particularly prevalent in the late 1880s. No badges or licences are in evidence.
An unidentified Drypool and Marfleet steam tram and trailer - photo undated, but certainly taken no earlier than 1896 when advertising boards were introduced, and probably much later. The conductor, assuming he is the figure standing between the engine and the trailer, is wearing informal attire and a flat cap. With thanks to the National Tramway Museum.