Mansfield and District Light Railway

Motormen and Conductors wore single-breasted jackets with five buttons (presumably brass - see link), two breast pockets, epaulettes and upright collars; the latter each carried a brass employee number.

Caps were of the railway type with a glossy peak, and bore a one-piece, block-letter ‘M&DLR’ badge (see below). White rain covers were usually worn. A small number of photos show staff wearing what appear to be pillbox style caps (see below), though it is unclear exactly when they were in vogue.

Like many other tramways, the M&DLR employed women during the First World War to cover the shortage in manpower. The third photo below shows three ladies - two ‘Conductresses’ and a ‘Motorwoman’ - two of whom are wearing baggy hats. One lady sports a ‘Conductor’ cap badge, suggesting that the company had run out of the standard cap badge and had resorted to purchasing ‘off-the-shelf’ badges.

It is currently unclear what uniforms Inspectors wore.

Employee No 40, Charles Robert Walker. Mr Walker was at various times, the tramway engineer (during construction), the General Manager and Secretary. Given the seniority of these grades, it is unclear why he is wearing a uniform in this photo. With thanks to the Old Mansfield Society.

Cap badge - brass

Two conductresses and a Motorwoman - photo undated but almost certainly taken during the First World War. Note that the lady on the left has a ‘Conductor’ cap badge, presumably because the tramway had run out of M&DLR cap badges. With thanks to the National Tramway Museum.

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Mr H Watts and Inspector Fred Stevens. Note that the latter is wearing a pillbox-style hat with what appears to be a regimental badge. WIth thanks to Tony Hurst.