Southwark and Deptford Tramways
(from 1893, London, Deptford and Greenwich Tramways)
A small number of photographs of this south-east London horse-drawn tramway have survived, enough to state with a reasonable degree of certainty that drivers wore robust but informal attire, along with the fashionable headgear of the period, the bowler hat.
The only surviving photograph of a conductor taken prior to 1893 shows the subject in a long single-breasted overcoat, possible self-purchased; it is unclear whether these coats carried any insignia, but probably not. Caps were in a kepi style and do not appear to have carried a badge. Late in the tramway's life, conductors certainly wore udouble-breasted uniform jackets with two rows of composite (i.e. non-metallic) buttons and lapels, and military-style caps with a tensioned crown (top). Neither the jackets nor the caps carried insignia.
Drivers and conductors always appeared in service with a Metropolitan Public Service Vehicle badge (see link), usually hung from a jacket button, or, in the case of conductors, from the cash-bag strap.
For a history of the company, see 'London County Council Tramways Vol 1: South London' by E R Oakley; London Tramways History Group (1989).
Horse tram drivers and conductors
Tramcar No 25 of the Southwark and Deptford Tramways Company stands in the depot yard - 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.
A blow-up of the above photo showing the conductor, who appears to be wearing an overcoat and a kepi-style cap.
Another blow-up of the above photo, this time showing the driver, who is wearing smart but informal attire. The oval shape on his coat is almost certainly a Metropolitan Public Service Vehicle badge.
Unfortunately out of focus, but nevertheless interesting as a relatively late shot of a London, Deptford and Greenwich Tramway Company horsecar and crew, probably taken around the turn of the century. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver (on the platform in informal attire and bowler hat,) and the conductor (at the front), in double-breasted uniform with plain composite buttons and a military-style cap, seemingly, though not conclusively, without a cap badge.