Llanelly Tramways

Summary
Photographs of Llanelly Tramways Company horse trams are exceedingly rare, and those that have survived (see below) are inconclusive as to whether or not uniforms were worn.

The situation following electrification is scarcely better, so details of uniforms and insignia are therefore sketchy. Motormen and conductors certainly wore uniforms, and these appear to have been single-breasted with lapels; it is however currently unclear whether the jackets carried insignia of any kind (badges or marked buttons). Caps were military in style with tensioned crown (top) and appear to have borne a small round badge of some description. Photos taken later in the tramway's life (after the Great War) indicate that by this time, script-lettering grade badges - either 'Motorman' or 'Conductor' - were being worn on the caps (whether these were nickel or brass is currently unknown). Tramcar crews were also issued with long, double-breasted overcoats with two rows of five buttons and high, fold-over collars; the latter do not appear to have carried any badges.

Photographs of inspectors, either from the horse or electric eras unknown, however, an excellent studio portrait has survived of a chief inspector. The latter wore a single-breasted jacket with hidden buttons (or an hook and eye affair) with four slit pockets and upright collars; the pockets, collars and the edge of the jacket were all embellished with material of a finer quality than the main body. The collars bore the grade - 'Chief Inspector' - in embroidered scrip lettering. The cap was military in style with a tensioned crown, with a glossy peak with black braid; the bearer's grade was carried on an elaborate hat band in embroidered script lettering. It is likely that inspectors wore very similar garb, though confirmation awaits photographic evidence.

It seems likely that female staff were employed during the Great War to replace men lost to the armed services, however, neither photographic nor documentary evidence is currently available which would confirm this.

Images

Horse tram drivers and conductors
Llanelly Horse Tram
Llanelly Tramways Company 3 ft-gauge horse tram - photo undated, but possibly taken in the 1890s. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Llanelly horse tram driver
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver. It is unclear whether or not he is wearing a uniform.


Llanelly horse tram
Another shot of what is in all probability the same horse tram as in the previous photo - again undated, but possibly taken in the 1890s. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Unknown - 1CROP
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver - once again, it is unclear whether he is wearing a uniform or informal attire.


Motormen and conductors
Llanelly and District Tramways No 3 and crew
Llanelly and District Electric Lighting and Traction Company Tramcar No 3 outside the Melbourne Inn - photo undated, but probably taken between the inauguration of electric services (12th June 1911) and the start of the Great War. Author's Collection.


Llanelly and District Tramways Tram No 3 and crew
A blow-up of the above photo showing the crewmen. Neither man is wearing a script-lettering grade badge, though the conductor does appear to be wearing a small, round cap badge of some description, though this could equally be an employee number.


Llanelly and District Tramways Tram No 2 and crew
A poor quailty photograph, but the only one I've been able to source from later on in the tramway's life, showing Tramcar No 2 - photo undated, but probably taken in the 1920s. Both men are wearing script-lettering cap badges. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Llanelly and District Tramways badges
Script-lettering cap badges of the pattern worn by Llanelly and District Tramways staff. It is currently unclear whether these badges were issued in brass or nickel.


Senior staff


Llanelly Tramways Chief Inspector
Llanelly Tramways Chief Inspector - photo undated, but almost certainly taken in the 3 years prior to the Great War. The photographer was F J Anthony in Llanelly. Author's Collection.


Llanelly Tramways Cheif Inspector
A blow-up of the above photo showing details of the collar and cap insignia.