Nottingham and District Tramways

Summary
The Nottingham and District Tramways Company operated horse trams for just over 21 years before being taken over by Nottingham Corporation. The surviving photographic record is relatively rich, and clearly shows that horsecar drivers wore robust but informal attire (jackets, overcoats etc) along with the ubiquitous bowler hat. No badges or licences of any kind were worn. The situation with conductors is less clear, though in all probability they also wore msart but informal attire.

The N&DTCo also operated a steam tram (between 1888 and 1889). A single photograph has survived which shows fitters and crewmen with this engine; drivers wore typical railway footplate-like attire (e.g. cotton trousers, jackets and caps), whilst conductors wore informal attire and bowler hats.

Images

Horse tram drivers and conductors
Nottingham and District Tramways horse tram
A superb shot of one of four trams (Nos 31 to 34) which had been converted from horse omnibuses acquired by the N&DTCo in 1888 (from Andrews of Carrington) - photo undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s or early 1890s. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Nottingham and District Tramways horse tram driver
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver, who is wearing informal attire and a bowler hat.


Nottingham and District Tramways horse tram conductor
The situation with the conductor is less clear, though he certainly appears to be wearing informal attire.


Nottingham and District Tramways depot staff 1890s
N&DTCo staff assembled at one of the depots with a Starbuck-built horsecar behind - photo undated, but probably taken in the 1880s. The bowler-hatted individuals are almost certainly drivers and conductors. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Nottingham and District Tramways horse tram No 31
Another shot of a converted horse omnibus, this time readily identifiable as No 31, turning out of Long Row and into Market St around 1890. Once again, the driver is in informal attire with a bowler hat. Author's collection.


Nottingham and Distirct Tramways horse tram
An unidentified N&DTCo horsecar - photo undated, but probably taken in the 1890s. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.