Hull Street Tramways

Summary
In common with many horse tramways in the UK, drivers and conductors 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, but later on, flat caps increasingly made an appearance. No badges of any kind were worn on either the jackets or the hats, though photos (see below) suggest that a small round licence may have been worn in the early years.

Although Hull Corporation purchased the Hull Street Tramways Company in 1896, it did not actually operate the tramway itself, instead leasing it to a local cab proprietor, W Nettleton.

Images

Drivers and conductors
Hull Street Tramways horse tram No 3
The crew of Horsecar No 3, working the Beverley Road route, pose for the camera - photo undated, but given the attire, probably taken in the late 1870s or early 1880s. Both men appear to be wearing small round licences. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with particular thanks to David Voice.


Hull Street Tramways horse tram No 6
The crew of Horsecar No 15 at Lambert St with a Beverley Rd service bound for Victoria Pier - photo taken in 1895. The conductor and driver (first and second left) are both wearing informal attire. The significance of the two uniformed figures is unclear, as no other photo shows staff wearing uniforms; it is possible that they are shipping, railway or Custom House officers. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with particular thanks to David Voice.


Hull Street Tramways horse tram No 4
The crew of Horsecar No 4 pose for the camera - photo undated, but probably taken in the late 1890s. Both men are in informal attire and are wearing what appear to be tartan flat caps. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with particular thanks to David Voice.


Hull Street Tramways last horse tram
A photo of Hull's last horse tram, No 23 entering the Temple Street depot - photo probably taken on the last day of September 1899. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with particular thanks to David Voice.