Morecambe 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 flat cap. No badges or licences of any kind were worn, on either the jackets or the hats.

Shortly after the take-over of the majority of the company-worked lines by Morecambe Corporation, the company introduced petrol trams (1911). This innovative step does not appear to have led to a change in uniform policy, with drivers and conductors continuing to wear informal attire.

Photographs of inspectors and female employees have so far yet to come to light; indeed, it is entirely possible that the company never employed either given the size of the system and the dependency on tourist traffic (during the Great War).

Images

Horse tram drivers and conductors
Morecambe Tramways Company Horse tram East Parade
An unidentified horse tram on Morecambe East Parade - photo undated, but judging by the good condition of the tram and the absence of traffic, probably taken prior to 1909 when the corporation took over, and possibly very much earlier.


Petrol tram drivers and conductors
Morecambe Tramways Company petrol tram No 1
Driver and conductor with what appears to be a virtually new Petrol Tram No 1, dating the photograph to 1911 or shortly thereafter. Neither man is wearing a uniform of any description. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Morecambe Tramways Company Petrol Tram
Morecambe Tramways Company petrol tram and crew pose for the cameraman at the southern terminus in Heysham outside Strawberry Gardens - photo undated, but probably taken before or shortly after the Great War.


Morecambe Tramways Company petrol tram No 1
Another photograph of No 1 at Heysham, purportedly taken in 1911. The conductor, standing at the rear of the tram, appears to be wearing a licence, though this may just be a ticket clipper. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Morecambe Tramways Company petrol tram
An undated photo, possibly of No 1, probably taken prior to the Great War. None of those present are wearing a uniform of any description. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.