SOME extremely unusual items have been left on South Western Railway trains in its first six weeks of operations.

The train service has amassed thousands of lost property items including a barrister’s wig, an ironing board and a giant inflatable shark.

Now the group is reminding passengers to check they have taken all their possessions before leaving the train.

Michael Pugh, customer experience manager at Waterloo station, said: “Our staff from across the network work hard to ensure passengers are reunited with their belongings. However, we would encourage everyone to check they have their belongings before they leave our trains. Keys, phones and wallets are always such a pain to lose but it’s the sentimental items that really cause problems for passengers.”

Other strange items which have been found by the operator include a leather lounge chair, a pirate flag, complete with pole, a pair of false teeth and giant prize bananas, pandas and doughnuts from a theme park.

More common items of lost property left on trains include umbrellas, coats, wallets and purses, keys, railcards, spectacles, shopping bags and luggage, drinks bottles, phones, laptops, and other gadgets

Objects found on South Western Railway stations, including items left on other train companies’ services, are sent to an office at London Waterloo.

Use the online enquiry form to register a lost item. SWR will only contact you if they find a possible match. Alternatively, you can call the Lost Property Office on 020 7401 7861 (open Monday to Friday 07:30-19:00).