Bath Horse Tramways

Summary
Photos of the horse tramway are relatively rare, but those that do exist suggest that staff working for the first operator - the Bath Tramways Company - were required to turn out in a collar, tie and jacket; the latter more than likely informal (i.e. not issued by the company). Kepi-style caps were worn, but these appear not to have carried a badge. The subsequent take-over by the Bath Roadcar and Tramways Co Ltd (1888) appears not to have brought about any change in uniform policy, though one photo (see below) does show a driver wearing a bowler hat rather than a kepi-style cap.

This informal approach to staff attire was fairly common amongst horse tramway operators.

Images

Horse tram drivers and conductors

An informal photo of staff of the Bath Tramways Company Ltd taken outside the Porter Butt Hotel on 3rd September 1881. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.



A blow up of the above photo showing a group of drivers and conductors (note the cash bag straps). All are wearing shirts, ties and jackets (probably not standard), and have kepi-style caps; no insignia of any kind is evident, either on the jackets or the caps. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.



12-seater Horsecar No 1 at Grosvenor - photo undated but definitely after the take-over of the Bath Roadcar and Tramways Co Ltd in 1888. The driver appears to be wearing informal attire, including a bowler hat. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.