Morecambe Corporation Tramways

Summary
Although Morecambe Corporation had been a tramway owner since 1898, it wasn't until 1909 that it operated services itself, prior to this, leasing its line to the Morecambe Tramways Company. Several photographs exist which suggest that the Corporation initially continued the policy of the tramway company (see link), with staff wearing smart but informal attire: i.e. shirt, tie, jacket and trousers, along with the fashionable headgear of the day, at this time, the flat cap.

Around the time of the Great War, or shortly thereafter, the Corporation appears to have begun issuing tramcar staff with uniforms, though possibly only those individuals working full time, as some photographs from this period show individuals in informal attire. Although drivers certainly wore double-breasted, 'lancer-style' tunics, with buttons narrowing from top to bottom, the style of conductors' uniforms is less clear, primarily due to the paucity of photographic evidence. Caps were in a military style with a tensioned crown (top), though whether or not they bore cap badges, remains unknown.

It is currently unclear whether inspectors were employed, and certainly no photographs depicting them are known. There is some suggestion that the corporation may have employed female conductresses in the 1920s, though nothing further about them or their uniforms is known (assuming they had any).

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

Images

Drivers and conductors
Morecambe Corporation Tramways horse tram
An unidentified Morecambe Corporation Tramways horsecar — photo undated, but possibly taken shortly after the Great War. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Morecambe Corporation Tramways crew
A blow-up of the above photo showing the crew, both wearing military-style caps, and the driver clearly wearing a 'lancer-style' tunic.


Morecambe Corporation Tramways tram no 13 and crew
Horsecar No 13 with driver, and possibly a conductress — photo undated, but judging by the large flat cap, probably taken in the 1920s. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Morecambe Corporation Tramways tram no 13 and crew
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver and a lady who may well be a conductress. The driver is wearing informal attire.


Morecambe Corporation Tramways horse tram
A corporation horsecar with uniformed crew on the promenade opposite Central Pier — photo undated, but probably taken in the 1920s.


Morecambe Corporation Tramways tram No 8 1926
The driver of Horsecar No 8 unhitches his horses at Bare on the last day of operation, 6th October 1926. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Morecambe Corporation Tramways tram No 8 1926
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver, in greatcoat and military-style cap.