Birkdale and Southport Tramways Company

Summary
Photographs of Birkdale and Southport horse trams are rare, but two shots have survived which indicate that the company - like many Victorian horse tramway operators - simply instructed its staff to wear smart but informal attire, namely: jacket, shirt and tie, along with the fashionable headgear of the day, either the bowler hat, or later on the flat cap. It is possible that in later years, licences may also have been worn, though this is currently far from clear.

Images

Horse tram drivers and conductors
Birkdale and Southport Tramways horse tram No 4
The crew of Horsecar No 4 pose for the camera - photo undated, but probably taken in the early 1890s before the line was extended to the Crown Hotel (1894). Both men are in smart but informal attire, with the taller bowler hats that were in vogue during the earlier years of the decade. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society.


Birkdale and Sountport Tramways Tram No 2 and crew
Horsecar No 2 of the Birkdale and Southport Tramways Company with a service to the Crown Hotel in Birkdale - photo undated, but certainly no earlier than 1894 when the line was extended to this destination. The conductor is unfortunately in shadow, but he does appear to be wearing a round badge on his jacket, possibly a municipal licence. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society.


Birkdale and Southport Tramways horse tram driver
Blow up of the above photo showing the driver, who is clearly wearing informal attire, along with a policeman.