The Tyneside Tramways and Tramroads Company Limited


Summary
The first photograph below, which was probably taken in the first decade of operation, indicates that motormen and conductors wore single-breasted jackets with lapels, white shirts, collar and tie. Caps were in the kepi style with a stiff glossy peak and chinstrap, and bore a large, gilt, oval cap badge with the full company name around an employee number. Somewhat unusually, these caps appear to have been retained until at least the end of WWI, and possibly right through to closure in 1930. Although photos of TT&TCo staff are hardly common, all those I've seen, bar the first one below, show staff wearing kepi-style caps.

The jackets however were replaced - certainly by 1912 - by single-breasted tunics with five buttons (presumably bearing the ‘TT&TCo’ monogram - see link), two breast pockets (with button fastening), upright collars and epaulettes. The latter were fastened at the neck end by a button, whilst the upright collars bore individual metal initials, ’TT&TCo’ on the right-hand side, and possibly an employee number on the left-hand side, though this awaits photographic confirmation.

In common with many tramway systems, conductresses were employed during the First World War. Uniforms consisted of long skirts and jackets, the latter being a tailored single-breasted design with five buttons, a waist belt, lapels and two hip pockets (with button fastenings). No insignia appear to have been worn on the jackets. Headgear was a wide-brimmed bonnet bearing the standard ‘TT&TCo’ cap badge. The photo shown below indicates that most ladies were also issued with long double-breasted overcoats bearing two rows of six buttons and epaulettes.

Inspectors wore single-breasted braided jackets with breast pockets, upright collars and hidden buttons; the collars probably bore the designation 'Inspector' in embroidered script. Standard kepi-style caps were worn, at least during the early years.

Images

Motormen and conductors
A group of staff pose with what is probably a newly delivered Milnes tramcar (built 1905). Both motormen and conductors are wearing jackets with lapels, whilst the inspector (second from the left) is wearing a long jacket with hidden buttons and upright collars, fairly standard attire for a tramway 'inspector' of the period. With thanks to Malcolm Fraser.



TTT&TCo Motorman posing with his family in Wallsend in 1912. Note the oval cap badge of the pattern depicted below, and the upright collars with individual ’TT&TCo’ lettering. Image kindly supplied by Beamish Museum Limited (see link), image copyright Beamish Museum Limited.



Cap badge No 83 - gilt/brass. With thanks to Stephen Howarth.



A group of TTT&TCo conductresses at Wallsend Depot - photo undated but almost certainly taken during World War I. Image kindly supplied by Beamish Museum Limited (see link), image copyright Beamish Museum Limited.



A blow-up of the above photo. In common with the remainder of the group, the lady in the centre is wearing a long double-breasted overcoat. The lady on the right appears to be wearing a proper tailored lady’s tunic, whereas the lady on the left is probably wearing a man’s tunic. Image kindly supplied by Beamish Museum Limited (see link), image copyright Beamish Museum Limited.