Pontypridd and Rhondda Valley Tramway

Photographs depicting the Pontypridd and Rhondda Valley Tramway Company are exceedingly rare, and those showing tramcar staff are scarcer still. The single image below suggests that in common with many horse tramways in the UK, conductors and drivers wore informal but smart attire — trousers, jackets, waistcoats, shirts and ties. Headgear appears to have followed the fashion of the day, predominantly the flat cap (in the late 1890s), though bowlers were probably worn in earlier years. No badges of any kind were worn on either the jackets or the hats.

For a detailed history of Pontypridd's tramways, see 'Passenger Tramways of Pontypridd' by R Large (Oakwood Press; 1977).


Horse tram drivers and conductors
Pontypridd and Rhonda Valleys Tramway horse tram
A Solomon Andrews operated horse tram emerging from the depot opposite Edmund St, Porth — photo undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society.

Pontypridd and Rhonda Valley horse tram
A blow-up of the above photograph — the individual second from left may be the conductor, though this is far from certain.