Aberdeen District Tramways

Summary
In common with the majority of horse tramways in the UK, drivers and conductors wore informal but smart attire - trousers, overcoats, jackets, waistcoats, shirts and ties. Headwear appears to have largely followed the fashion of the day, initially the bowler hat, but later on, flat caps and straw boaters (in summer) increasingly made an appearance, as well as a local speciality, the Luggit Bonnet. No badges of any kind were worn on either the uniforms or the hats; however, conductors do appear to have carried an oval licence of some description, invariably attached to the strap of their cash bags.

My thanks go to Mike Mitchell for sharing his knowledge of this Aberdeen horse tramway. For an historical account, see 'Aberdeen District Tramways' by Mike and his co-author, Ian Souter (N B Traction; 1983).

Images

Aberdeen District Tramways
Conductor and driver with a Mannofield horsecar - photo undated, but probably taken in the 1890s. Note that the conductor appears to be wearing an oval licence on his cash-bag strap. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with particular thanks to David Voice.


Aberdeen District Tramways horsecar
Starbuck-type horse car in King Street - photo undated. Whilst the conductor is wearing a style of hat that was fashionable throughout the rest of the United Kingdom and beyond, the driver sports a much more provincial style, the distinctive 'Luggit Bonnet' with ear flaps. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with particular thanks to David Voice.


Aberdeen District Tramways
A conductor stands rather proprietorily at the rear of his horse car at Mile End - photo undated, but probably taken in the mid 1890s. Although of rather poor quality, it does provide further evidence that licences were worn, in this case, apparently hanging from the cash-bag strap. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with particular thanks to David Voice.


Aberdeen District Tramways horse car 1898
Early Shinnie-type horse car at the Bridge of Don Terminus on the day of the corporation takeover - 26th August 1898. Though no uniforms are being worn, both men are nevertheless very smartly turned out. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with particular thanks to David Voice.