Gloucester Tramways

Summary
Photos of the first operator of Gloucester's horse tramway system - the Gloucester Tramways Company - appear not to have survived, so it is impossible to say whether or not they wore uniforms. Several good quality images have however survived of the successor company - the City of Gloucester Tramways Co - though mostly from the last few years of this concern's existence. These clearly show that both conductors and drivers wore long, single-breasted overcoats with collars of a much darker colour - and probably a different material - than the main garment. These may have been issued by the company, but as the photos below appear to show variations, it is possible that the men were simply required to buy these themselves, a not uncommon practice at this time. It is unclear whether uniform jackets were worn underneath the overcoats.

Caps were in the kepi style with a steeply inclined glossy peak; they do not appear to have carried a badge of any kind.

The last photograph below suggests that the company employed inspectors. If the individuals depicted are indeed inspectors, then they appear to have worn double-breasted overcoats with lapels and upper collars of a darker material than the main garment. Caps were in the same kepi-style issued to tramcar staff; once again, no badge would appear to have been worn.

Images

Horse tram drivers and conductors
City of Gloucester Tramways horse tram No 10
City of Glounceter Tramways Co Horse Tram No 10 with uniformed driver and conductor - photo purportedly taken at the India House in 1897. Photo courtesy of the Stephen Howarth Collection.


City of Gloucester Tramways horse tram driver
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver. He is clearly wearing a company-issued overcoat and a kepi-style cap, all seemingly devoid of insignia.


City of Gloucester Tramways horse tram No 10
Another photo of No 10 - undated, but probably shortly before the corporation take-over judging by the battered state of the tram. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


City of Gloucester Tramways horse tram driver
Blow-up of the above photo showing the driver.


City of Gloucester Tramways horse tram No 13 and driver
CofGTCo Horse Tram No 13 outside the avenue hotel on Bristol Rd - photo undated, but probably turn of the century. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Senior staff
ity of Gloucester Tramways horse tram No 13 and inspector
A blow-up of the photograph of Horse Tram No 10 above showing a conductor (middle) flanked by two individuals, one or both of whom may be inspectors. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.