Wallasey Tramways Company / Wallasey United Tramway and Omnibus Company Ltd

Summary
No photos have survived that depict either tramcars or staff of the Wallasey Tramways Company (1879 to 1891), so details of the uniforms worn, if any, remain unknown. Several photos do however exist from the days of its successor - the Wallasey United Tramway and Omnibus Company - so matters are considerably clearer for the last decade of the horse tramway's existence.

In common with the majority of horse tramways in the UK, drivers simply wore heavy duty informal attire - trousers, jackets, knee blankets and the normal headgear of the day, the near ubiquitous bowler hat. Conductors may have worn informal jackets and trousers (this is unclear), but were very probably issued with long company overcoats and kepi-style caps (at least in the latter years of operation). Although it is difficult to say with any degree of certainty, these caps appear not to have carried any kind of badge.

Photographs of inspectors have not survived, and it may well be that the company never employed them.


Images

Horse tram drivers and conductors
Wallasey United Tramway and Omnibus Company
Wallasey United Tramway, Omnibus and Carriage Company Car No 10 - location and date unknown. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Wallasey United Tramway and Omnibus Company
Blow-up of the above photo clearly showing the conductor's kepi-style cap - apparently worn without insignia of any kind - and the company-issued overcoat.


Wallasey United Tramway and Omnibus Company
Wallasey United Tramway, Omnibus and Carriage Co Car No 13 at the Upper Brighton terminus - photo undated, but probably taken in 1901. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.