Drypool and Marfleet Steam Tramways

The Drypool and Marfleet Steam Tramway Company opened for business in May 1889, and operated steam-hauled services for almost 11 years, until its take-over by Hull Corporation in January 1900. This was not quite the end however, as the Corporation contracted the company to run the services on its behalf (effectively as a lessee) until such time as the line could be converted to electric traction. In the event, this was only one year away, and the last steam tram ran on the 13th January 1901.

Photographs of employees of the Drypool and Marfleet Steam Tramway, either in company or in corporation days, are rare, however, the first photo below, which was probably taken in December 1889, clearly shows that uniforms were not worn. Drivers wore the same clothing as their counterparts on other steam tramways, namely, railway footplate-like clothing: cotton jackets and trousers, and heavy cotton caps. Conductors on the other hand wore smart but informal attire: jacket, trousers, shirt and tie, along with the fashionable headgear of the day, initially the tall bowler, and towards the end of the system's life, the flat cap.

Further reading
For more information the tramway, see: 'A History of Kingston Upon Hull's Tramways' by Malcolm Wells; Adam Gordon Publishing (2012).


Steam tram drivers and conductors
Drypool and Marfleet Steam Tram No 6
What looks to be a fairly new No 6 (a Thomas Green product) and its pristine G F Milnes-built, top-covered trailer, suggesting that the photo was taken soon after the former's delivery in December 1889.

Drypool and Marfleet Steam Tram No 6 engine driver
A blow-up of the above photo showing the driver, in typical cotton jacket and cap, devoid of badges.

Drypool and Marfleet Steam Tram No 6 engine conductor
Another blow-up of the above photo, this time showing the conductor (left). He is wearing informal attire and a tall bowler hat, a style that was particularly prevalent in the late 1880s. No badges or licences are in evidence.

Crypool and Marfleet Steam Tramways
A Drypool and Marfleet steam tram (purportedly No 7) and trailer — photo undated, but certainly taken no earlier than 1896 when advertising boards were introduced, and probably much later. The conductor, assuming he is the figure standing between the engine and the trailer, is wearing informal attire and a flat cap. With thanks to the National Tramway Museum.