Photographs taken prior to the municipal take-over of 1897, which depict drivers and conductors, are relatively rare, and of those that do survive, it is likely that all were taken in the Chesterfield Tramways Company era (1886 to 1897). These clearly show that the crews wore informal but smart attire, consisting of a jacket, shirt, tie and the fashionable headgear of the day, invariably a bowler hat. No insignia of any kind appears to have been worn, including municipal licences.
With thanks to Barry Marsden for background information and help with identification. For further information on Chesterfield's Tramways, see Barry's 'A Chesterfield Tramscape' (Ryestone Publications, 2011); 'Tracks and Trackless - Chesterfield's Trams and Trolleybuses (Amberley Publishing, 2012); and 'North Derbyshire Tramways (Tempus Publishing, 2002).
Horse tram drivers and conductors
Driver and conductor stand with an unidentified horsecar at West Bars - photo undated, but certainly taken before 1897 and possibly before 1890 given the style of the bowler hats. Photo and background information courtesy of the Barry Marsden collection.
The Driver of Chesterfield Tramways Company Horsecar No 5 converses with his conductor at the Market Place terminus - photo undated, but certainly taken between 1890 and 1897. Photo and background information courtesy of the Barry Marsden collection.