Lancaster and District Tramways

Considering that the L&DTCo soldiered on until relatively late for a horse tramway (1921), and was heavily dependent upon tourist revenue — it plied its trade between Lancaster and Morecambe — photographs are surprisingly uncommon. Those that have survived however, show that drivers and conductors — in common with many horse tramways in the UK — wore informal but smart attire: trousers, jackets, waistcoats, shirts and ties. Headgear appears to have largely followed the fashion of the day, predominantly the flat cap. No badges of any kind were worn on either the jackets or the hats.

It is unclear whether inspectors were used by the company, or whether female staff were employed during the Great War. What is however certain is that nothing has survived photographically.

For a history of Lancaster's tramways, see: 'The Lancaster and Morecambe Tramways' by S Shuttleworth; Oakwood Press (1976).


Drivers and conductors
Lancaster and District Tramways horse tram
Conductor and driver pose for the cameraman at the Stonewell Terminus in Lancaster - photo undated, but judging by the large flat caps, possibly taken just after the Great War. Both men are wearing smart but informal attire. Photo courtesy of Duncan Holden.

Lancaster and District Tramways horse tram
Another photo taken at the Stonewell Terminus, once again of a single deck, open-top horse tram — photo undated, but probably turn of the century. Although it is uncertain if any of those pictured are crew members, what is however clear is that no uniforms are in evidence. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.