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According to lists on the web, AEC Routemaster 227CLT (RM1227) was scrapped in 1983 after being withdrawn from London Transport’s Aldenham depot.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