Sheffield Tramways Company

Summary
In common with many horse tramways in the UK, drivers and conductors wore informal but smart attire - trousers, overcoats, jackets, waistcoats, shirts and ties. Headgear appears to have largely followed the fashion of the day, predominantly the bowler hat, and in the years directly before the corporation take-over (1896), flat caps. No badges of any kind. including licences, were worn on either the jackets or the hats.

It is unclear whether inspectors wore uniforms, or indeed, if the tramway company even employed them; the reasonably large body of surviving photographs certainly show no evidence of them.

Images

Horse tram drivers and conductors
Sheffield Tramways Company tram No 33 and crew
STCo Horse Car No 33, working the Moorhead-London Rd-Heeley route - photo undated, but taken in 1886 as a poster in the background appears to carry this date, whilst another advertises a race meeting on Good Friday 23rd April, which also occurred on this date in 1886. Photo courtesy of the National Tramway Museum.


Sheffield Tramways Company tram No 33 and crew
Blow-up of the above photo. The two conductors are wearing smart but informal attire; the tall bowler hat with upturned brim being characteristic of the 1880s.


Sheffield Tramways Company Horse Car No 1 and crew
Eades reversible Horse Car No 1, which worked the Moorhead to Nether Edge route, at Nether Edge Depot - photo undated, but given the good condition of the vehicle, probably taken not long after its introduction in 1886. Photo courtesy of the National Tramway Museum.


Sheffield Tramways Company Horse Car No 1 and crew
Blow-up of the above photo showing the conductor and driver, neither of whom are wearing uniforms.


Sheffield Tramways Company Horse Car No 1 and crew
Another shot of Eades reversible horse car No 1, this time in Moncrieff Rd - 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.


Sheffield Tramways Company Horse Car No 44 and crew at Nether Edge
Horsecar No 44 of 1877 at the Nether Edge terminus - photo undated, but given that at least one of the individuals is wearing a flat cap, probably taken in the mid 1890s. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Sheffield Tramways Company Horse Car No 9 and crew outside Tinsley Depot
Horse Car No 9, which worked the Sheffield-Attercliffe-Tinsley route, outside Tinsley Depot - photo undated, but believed to have been taken around the time of the Corporation takeover in 1896. The man in the top hat is the Company General Manager, Mr Henry Mallyon. None of those present are wearing uniforms. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.