Keighley Tramways

Summary
The Keighley Tramways Company operated horse trams for just over 12 years: from 1889 to 1896 as the owner, and from thence until late 1901 as the lessee, at which point it was fully acquired by the corporation. In common with the majority of horse tramways in the UK, drivers and conductors simply wore informal attire — trousers, overcoats, jackets, waistcoats, shirts and ties. Headgear appears to have largely followed the fashion of the day, primarily the bowler hat, but later on the flat cap. No badges or licences of any kind were worn, either on the jackets or the hats.

Photographs of inspectors have so far yet to come to light, and indeed, in view of the small size of the system, it is entirely possible that the company never saw fit to employ them.

For a history of the system, see: Keighley Corporation Transport by J S King; The Advertiser Press Limited (1964).

Images

Horse tram drivers and conductors
Keighley Tramways horse tram
A Keighley Tramways Company horse tram captured for posterity outside the Roebuck Inn at Uttley — photo undated, but as the extension to this location only opened in 1897, probably taken at that time or very shortly thereafter. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Keighley Tramways Company horse tram conductor
A blow-up of the above photo showing the conductor (at the back); he appears to be wearing rather bohemian headgear, especially so for a northern provincial town where every other man would probably have worn a bowler hat or flat cap.


Keighley Tramways Company Horse Tram No 1 and crew
Horse Tram No 1 pictured near Corn Mill Bridge (probably) — photo undated, but given the condition of the vehicle, probably taken in the late 1890s. Photo courtesy of the Tramways and Light Railway Society, with thanks to David Voice.


Keighley Tramways Company Horse Tram No 1 and crew
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver and conductor, whose workaday and slightly down-at-heel appearance no doubt reflected the financial state of the company in its latter years.