Six weird and wacky things handed in to Transport for London's Lost Property Office

An urn of ashes and a false leg, to mention a few...

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prosthetic leg

A prosthetic leg, a life-sized Spiderman doll and "enough musical instruments to form a band" have been lost on London's travel network.

More than 300,000 items were left on the capital's trains and buses last year as Transport for London received a record haul of missing goods.

Alongside the daily collection of around 150 mobile phones, the office has received more peculiar finds, and here are just six of the weird and wacky items handed in to Transport for London's lost property offices.

Transport for London Lost Property Office

Urn of ashes

An urn containing the ashes of Thomas Frederick Johnston was kept in the lost property office for seven years as workers tried to reunite it with the family. Eventually a call from Canada came and the family collected him to everyone's delight.


Prosthetic leg

A prosthetic leg

Possibly the hardest item to lose on the Tube but someone managed it. The limb, which runs up to the knee, is even still wearing a trainer with tied laces.

Transport for London Lost Property Office

Full-sized house carpet
An off-cut carpet was handed in to staff in November 2015 after one unfortunate passenger walked off without the 10ft textile.

Motorola 500X car phone

1980s Motorola mobile phone

150 mobiles, many of them smartphones, are handed in every day across London – but one retro find includes a huge 1980s Motorola phone which comes with a hefty battery pack.

Lifesize Spiderman doll

Life-sized stuffed Spiderman doll

Hundreds of cuddly toys go through the doors at lost property HQ but workers took a shine to one misplaced Spiderman doll, which now hangs from the ceiling of one of the storage basements.



Hairdresser's mannequin

Hairdresser's mannequin

One hairdressing student travelling across London decided not to collect their bearded mannequin left behind on a bus, and it now lives in a bag of the "weird and wacky" inside TFL lost property.

All items given to TFL end up at the three-storey building next to Baker Street station and are stored for three months before being donated to charity, sent to auction or recycled.