By Dan Loosemore: Ever wondered what happened to those gloves or that umbrella you left on the London Underground? And what do you think is the most lost item? Well today SmartRail World finds out courtesy of this lovely video from Transport for London (TfL) and the below league table of lost items. 2014 saw more lost items handed in than any of the previous 40 years on the network. Not sure if that means Londoners are getting more honest, or just more forgetful? And the Lost Property Office at the Baker Street Station contains items as varied as a life-sized Spiderman model, a Wedding Dress, prosthetic limbs and even three separate sets of cremated ashes! After three months, unclaimed items are donated to charities including the Salvation Army and British Red Cross, with others being recycled, disposed of, or auctioned. So what is that most lost item… ?
10 most common items processed at the Lost Property Office during 2014/15 financial year:
Ranked Position and number found:
1st Travelcard Wallet (19491)
2nd Mobile Telephone (19453)
3rd Spectacles and Sunglasses (11455)
4th Credit / Debit Card (11157)
5th Wallet (11029)
6th Umbrellas (10097)
7th Bunches of Keys (9560)
8th Rucksack (8067)
9th Purse (6841)
10th Jacket (Waist Length) (6428)
If you’ve lost anything on London network, then it might be worth a trip down Baker Street, you never know what you’ll find! TfL Lost Property Office, 200 Baker St, NW1 5RZ is open Mon-Fri, 8.30am-4pm or click here.
Pictures courtesy of the London Transport Museum Blog. Top a selection of clothes, a box of false teeth.