Preston Tramways Company

Summary
Preston Tramways Company operated horse trams on its 2.5-mile line from early 1879 to the last day of 1886, when its assets passed into the hands of Preston Corporation. Fortunately, a single photograph has survived that depicts this early period of horse tramway operation in the town. This indicates that staff wore informal but smart attire, comprising shirt and tie, jacket and trousers, and bowler hat. Although the quality of the photograph does leave some room for doubt, the fact that a large body of photographic evidence from the subsequent corporation era (1887 to 1903) clearly shows that staff wore informal attire, strongly suggests that this was also the case in PTC days.

Images

Horse tram drivers and conductors
Preston Tramways Company single deck horse tram Fishergate
A single-deck horse car and crew in Fishergate, Preston - photo undated, but almost certainly taken prior to the corporation takeover of 1887 given the style of dress and the vehicle's livery. Both men appear to be in informal but smart attire. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.