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.


According to lists on the web, AEC Routemaster 227CLT (RM1227) was scrapped in 1983 after being withdrawn from London Transport’s Aldenham depot.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.

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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