Ipswich Tramways

Summary
In common with many horse tramways in the UK, drivers and conductors wore informal attire - trousers, overcoats, jackets, waistcoats, shirts and ties. Headgear appears to have largely followed the fashion of the day, predominantly the bowler hat, and later on the flat cap. No badges were worn, on either the jackets or the hats, however, a round licence was carried by both conductors and drivers, affixed to either their jacket or cash bag strap (in the case of the latter).

Photographs of inspectors have so far yet to come to light; indeed, it is entirely possible that the company never employed them given the small size of the system.

Images

Drivers and conductors
Ipswich Tramway Company horse tram No 3
Ipswich Tramway Company Horsecar No 3 outside Derby Road Station - photo undated, but probably taken in the late 1880s given that the tram looks to be in good condition. The driver is wearing a bowler hat and plain jacket. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Ipswich Tramway Company horse tram conductor
A blow up of the above photo showing the conductor (right), who is in informal attire, in contrast to the two uniformed figures to his right, who are almost certainly employees of the Great Eastern Railway company. The man on the left appears to be wearing an armband, signifying that he is probably a 'porter' or 'out porter'.


Ipswich Tramway Company Horse Tram No 3 Derby Road Station
Another view of Horsecar No 3 outside Derby Road Station, this time looking a little less shiny, so possibly taken a few years after the previous shot. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Ipswich Tramway Company horse tram driver
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver, again in informal attire, and whose jacket appears to bear a round licence. The two uniformed figures are almost certainly railway employees.


Ipswich Tramway Company Horse tram No 3
One last view of Tramcar No 3 - photo undated, but possibly taken in the late 1890s, though given the absence of the company title above the windows, it may in fact be later. Both the driver and conductor are wearing informal attire, with the latter also having a round licence. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Ipswich Horse Tram Derby Road Station
An unidentified horsecar outside Derby Road Station - photo undated, however, the straw boaters would suggest that it is turn of the century. The uniformed figure second from the left is almost certainly a Great Eastern Railway employee. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Ipswich horse tram
A blow up of the above photo showing the conductor (with round licence) and driver, both of whom are wearing informal but smart attire. The driver is also wearing a licence (on his left breast).