Sorry mate, we’re full up!

I just had to post this photo of an elephant trying to board the No 31 to Earls Court Station. You may have seen it before: it appears on popular greetings cards and was scanned from one that my wife received last year.

227CLT-and-elephant

According to lists on the web, AEC Routemaster 227CLT (RM1227) was scrapped in 1983 after being withdrawn from London Transport’s Aldenham depot. Sister vehicle 214CLT (RM1214) is preserved. I can’t helping wondering if, had RM1227 survived, it’s current custodians might have had to carry out major structural repairs to the rear platform.

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8 comments on “Sorry mate, we’re full up!

  1. davemoore1 says:

    I believe the 31 was one of London Transport’s trunk routes.

    • busmanjohn says:

      Your jokes are wasted here, Dave. You should offer your services as a ‘heavyweight’ scriptwriter to Paul Merton. I’m sure he would provide a better ‘platform’ for your one-liners than Busman’s Holiday!

  2. Bill Stickers says:

    Ear, ear.

  3. davemoore1 says:

    Sell jokes to Paul Merton? Now that would be a mammoth tusk!, Sorry, Task

  4. davemoore1 says:

    Judging by the ears, would this be an Indian Takeaway?

    • busmanjohn says:

      Arrrrgh! And I’ve got to work with this guy and his brand of humour later this year!

      • Dave Moore says:

        Sorry John, plenty more where that came from!!

        Was the conductor on this service a bit elephant’s? (Cockney rhyming slang. Translations available on request.)

        So RM1227 was scrapped in 1983. Presumably, shortly after this photo was taken!

  5. He should be travelling to Elephant & Castle

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