Wrexham District Tramway

Although photographs of the Wrexham District Tramway are rare, two good quality images have survived from each end of the system's life. These strongly suggest that the crews working the trams — either under the auspices of the company (1876-1879) or the lessee, Frederick Llewelyn Jones (1880-1901) — wore informal but smart attire: shirt, waistcoat, jacket and trousers, along with the fashionable headgear of the day, e.g., flat or soft-topped caps. No badges of any kind, including licences were carried.

For a history of the Wrexham's horse tramways, see 'North Wales Tramways' by Keith Turner; David and Charles (1979).


Horse tram drivers and conductors
Wrexham  District Tramways Horse tram No 2 at the New Inn
Horse Tram No 2 outside the New Inn at Johnstown. The tram is in very good condition, suggesting that the shot may have been taken as early as the 1880s, though this is far from certain. The unusual screens were apparently to shelter/shield smokers, and were probably unique to this system (thanks to Alan Brotchie for this information). Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.

Wrexham District Tramway Horse Tram No 2 conductor
A blow-up of the above photo showing the individual on the platform. Although it is unclear whether he is the driver — there are other figures in the gloom behind him — all of them appear to be wearing informal attire.

Wrexham Tramways Horse Tram No 1 Last Day
The crew of Horse Tram No 1 pose for the cameraman outside the New Inn on what is probably the last day of operation — 26th April 1901. Although the tram is emblazoned with 'Wrexham and District Tramway', the company had actually changed its name some 22 years previously, to the 'Wrexham Tramways Company'.

Wrexham Trmaways condcutor Arthur Owen
A blow-up of the above photo showing one of the conductors — Arthur Owen— who is wearing smart but informal attire.

Wrexham Distirct Tramway Driver J Mackie
Another blow-up of the above photo showing the driver — J Mackie — whose attire is less clear, though probably also informal. Mr Mackie subsequently became a motorman on the WDT's successor, the Wrexham District Electric Tramways (see link).