Pwllheli and Llanbedrog Tramway

Summary
In common with the majority of horse tramways in the UK, drivers and conductors wore informal but smart attire - trousers, jackets, waistcoats, shirts and ties. Headgear appears to have largely followed the fashion of the day, predominantly flat caps, which became increasingly bigger and baggier by the 1920s. All surviving photos which show conductors reveal them to have been young lads, whilst the drivers were invariably older men. No badges or licences of any kind were worn on either the jackets or caps.

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

Images

Horse tram drivers and conductors
Pwllheli and Llanbedrog tram
The driver of a Pwllheli and Llanbedrog open horsecar gazes back down the vehicle whilst a young passenger has a go at wielding the reins - photo undated, but almost certainly taken in the early Edwardian era, and probably in Cardiff Road. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


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One of the Pwllheli and Llanbedrog's four enclosed horsecars passes one of its fourteen open toastrack cars in the dunes between Pwllheli and Llanbedrog - photo undated, but probably taken prior to the Great War. The boy on the rear platform is almost certainly the conductor. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


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A driver poses with two young passengers on the platform of one of the enclosed horsecars - photo undated, but probably taken in the 1920s given the rather careworn condition of the vehicle. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


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A trilby-hatted driver and his young conductor (in flat cap with cashbag) pose with an open horsecar near the terminus in Cardiff Road, Pwllheli - photo undated, but probably taken in the 1920s. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


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A rather warped (hogsbacked) Pwllheli and Llanbedrog open horsecar in Cardiff Road - photo undated, but probably taken in the late 1920s. Both men are wearing robust jackets and trousers, and the large baggy caps of the day. With thanks to the National Tramway Museum.


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Another view in Cardiff Road, this time of an enclosed horsecar, with a somewhat chilly looking driver - photo undated, but again probably taken in the late 1920s. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


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The driver of an open horsecar poses for the camera, possibly in Cardiff Road - photo undated, but probably taken in the 1920s in view of the trilby hats. With thanks to the National Tramway Museum.


Pwllheli and Llanbedrog horse tram
Another shot in the upper part of Cardiff Road - photo undated, but almost certainly taken in the 1920s. With thanks to the National Tramway Museum.


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The driver of a small enclosed horsecar attends to his charge, probably along West End Parade, whilst the young conductor's attention appears to have been drawn to one of the axle boxes - photo undated, but certainly taken in the 1920s. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.