Pwllheli Corporation Tramways

Summary
Unlike its close neighbour, the privately owned Pwllheli and Llanbedrog Tramway, photographs of the short (0.51 miles) corporation-owned line are relatively scarce. However, from the few that have survived, it is possible to state with some certainty that staff wore informal but smart attire — trousers, jackets, waistcoats, shirts and ties. Headgear appears to have largely followed the fashion of the day, predominantly the flat cap. No badges or licences of any kind were worn, either on the jackets or the caps.

Given the extreme shortness of the line, it is highly unlikely that the corporation employed inspectors, and there is certainly no evidence (photographic or otherwise) to suggest that they did so.

It is unclear whether women were ever employed (this would have been during the Great War), though photographic evidence would suggest not.

For a history of the system, see: 'Pwllheli and Llanbedrog Tramways' by J F Andrews; D Brown and Sons (1995).

Images

Horse tram drivers and conductors
Pwllheli Corporation Tramways tram in Station Square
The corporation's sole open-sided horsecar waits In Station Square for customers bound for Victoria Parade — photo undated, but probably taken in the early Edwardian era. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Pwllheli Corporation Tramways
A blow-up of the above photo showing driver (seated nearest the camera) and the conductor, both of whom are wearing informal attire. The conductor, whose cash bag buckle can be seen reflected the light, looks very youthful.


Pwllheli Corporation Tram
A view of the same horsecar (outside the Victoria Hotel in Embankment Rd), but given the rather decrepit condition, clearly taken towards the end of the tramway's life (it closed in September 1919). Both the driver and his extremely young conductor are wearing informal but reasonably smart attire; no badges or licences are in evidence. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Pwllheli Corporation horse tram Victoria Parade
Passengers detrain from the corporation's sole enclosed horsecar at Victoria Parade — photo undated, but probably taken in the early Edwardian era. The boy conductor can be glimpsed on the rear platform, once again in informal but smart attire. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.