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CrossCountry, one of Britain's largest train operators, has revealed the most unusual and interesting items that have been left behind on their trains during 2008. As the busy Christmas holiday season approaches, CrossCountry is reminding its customers to take care of their possessions when travelling.

The top five unusual items left behind by some of the 30 million customers who travel with CrossCountry every year include:

  • A cat called Holly
  • Over £30,000 in used banknotes in a small green holdall
  • A pair of crutches
  • A wheelchair
  • An antique typewriter

Every year, approximately 6,000 items are found by CrossCountry's onboard staff. The top 10 items left on a CrossCountry train are:

  1. Mobile phones
  2. Books
  3. Umbrellas
  4. Bags (handbags, hand luggage, briefcase etc)
  5. Ipod / MP3 players
  6. Glasses
  7. Carrier bags / shopping
  8. Laptops
  9. Jewellery
  10. Wallets / purses

Andy Cooper, Managing Director at CrossCountry said: "People leave all sorts of items on trains and this year we have found some very unusual ones, including baby buggies, shoes, designer handbags, cricket bats and even a wedding dress."

Andy added: "We always advise passengers to check their seats and the areas around them when leaving a train, especially at busy times, to ensure that they have all their belongings with them. However, people can sometimes forget things and our staff are always on the lookout for anything left behind, and we always endeavour to reunite our passengers with their lost luggage."

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Please find notes to Editors, CrossCountry facts and figures below.
For more information feel free to contact us on 0121 2006115 or by email to [email protected]

Notes for Editors:

CrossCountry is part of the Arriva group which operates transport services in twelve European countries, employs more than 40,000 people and provides more than one billion passenger journeys every year. For more information about the Arriva group visit

CrossCountry facts and figures………….

PASSENGERS CARRIED: Over 30 million passenger journeys a year anticipated
ANNUAL TRAIN MILEAGE: Approximately 16 million
EMPLOYEES: Approximately 1,800
LONGEST TRAIN SERVICE: Penzance to Aberdeen (772 miles)