Lincoln Tramways Company

Summary
Drivers and conductors working Lincoln's horse tramways 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, though later on, flat caps increasingly made an appearance. No badges of any kind were worn on either the uniforms or the hats, though a single photo (see below) hints that conductors may have worn a round licence of some description.

Although Lincoln Corporation purchased the Lincoln Tramways Company in July 1904, this appears to have had no visible effect on the staff, their attire, or the tramcars themselves; the latter continued to be festooned with advertisements, with no evidence presented in respect of who actually owned them.

Given the small size of the system, it seems more than likely that the LTCo did not bother to employ the services of an inspector, though if they did, photographs have certainly not surivived.

Images

Drivers and conductors
Lincoln Tramway Company Horse Tram No 8
A commemorative postcard of what appears to be Horsecar No 8 (bought in 1889), and very probably taken around that time, given the early livery and the complete absence of advertising. All present are wearing workman-like attire. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Lincoln Tramway Company Horse Tram No 3
Lincoln Horsecar No 3 in the vicinity of St Mark's Station with a service to Bracebridge. This photo was used as a postcard, being overprinted with "Last Journey Lincoln Horse Trams - 22nd July 1905"; however, given the relatively good condition of the tramcar, there is reason to believe that the photo was taken somewhat earlier, and that its use as a commemorative postcard was an opportunity the postcard publishers judged too good to miss, irrespective of whether or not they actually possessed a photo of the 'last tram'! The driver is wearing a robust jacket, waistcoat and bowler hat. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Lincoln Tramway Company Horse Tram No 7
Horsecar No 7 in St Benedict's Square - photo dated 1905, i.e. in corporation days. Although it is unclear who is actually who, i.e. crew or guest, all are clearly in everyday working attire rather than uniforms. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Lincoln Tramway Company horse tram
An unidentified horsecar outside the Gate House Hotel - the photo purportedly depicts the 'last horse tram', which if true, would date the photo to June/July 1905, under the corporation's ownership. The driver is wearing a heavy overcoat and a bowler hat. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Lincoln Tramway Company Horse Tram crew
Lincoln horsecar at Bracebridge - photo purportedly taken in 1905, so again in corporation days. Note that the conductor (far right) appears to have a round badge on his jacket breast pocket, which could easily be mistaken for a licence; however, given that this is not seen in any other photo, it seems highly unlikely. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.