Gosport and Fareham Tramways

Photographs depicting the staff of Gosport and Fareham Tramways are relatively rare, and those showing platform staff in close up are sparser still. Photos from the early days of operation seem to show staff wearing sturdy jackets and flat caps, effectively the same attire as they had worn in the latter days of the horse tramway system (Gosport Street Tramways). In one sense this is unsurprising as there was no break in ownership between Gosport Street Tramways and Gosport and Fareham Tramways, the parent company of both being Portsmouth Street Tramways (a subsidiary of the Provincial Tramways Company).

Uniforms were certainly introduced at some stage, but when is unclear, and the precise form of the jackets and the type of badges worn is unknown. All that can be said with certainty is that upright military style peaked caps were worn, which may have carried script-lettering cap badges.

In common with many tramway systems, female staff were employed during the Great War to replace male colleagues lost to the armed services; it is currently unclear what uniforms were worn, and again, all that can be said with certainty is that they were issued with standard military-style peaked caps, which do not appear to have carried any insignia.


Motormen and conductors
Gosport and Fareham Tram No 4 townhall
Gosport and Fareham Tramways Tramcar No 4 captured outside Fraeham Townhall in 1906. Both the motorman and the conductor (on the rear platform) would appear to be wearing informal attire and flat caps. Photo courtesy of the National Tramway Museum.

Gosport and Fareham No 7 and conductresses
A motorman and two conductresses on the platform of Tramcar No 7 - photo undated, but almost certainly taken during the Great War. Although both ladies are wearing badges on their caps, these are almost certainly sweetheart badges, very probably army battalion/unit badges; this was a common way of showing support for friends, colleagues or loved ones away on armed service. With thanks to Stephen Howarth

Gosport and Fareham Tramways No 8
Motorman (or possibly an inspector) at the controls of Tramcar No 8 on its last journey, to Anns Hill, on the closing day of the system, 31st December 1929. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with particular thanks to David Voice.