The great train robbery 1963

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the great train robbery 1963

The Great Train Robbery: Crime of the Century by Nick Russell-Pavier

£2.6 million stolen in 46 minutes, prison sentences totalling 378 years, 23 criminals, countless victims. In the early hours of Thursday, August 8, 1963, at Sears Crossing near Cheddington in Buckinghamshire, £2.6 million (£45 million today) in unmarked £5, £1 and 10-shilling notes was stolen from the Glasgow to London mail train in a violent and daring raid which took forty-six minutes. Quickly dubbed the Crime of the Century, it has captured the imagination of the public and the worlds media for fifty years, taking its place in British folklore. Ronnie Biggs, Bruce Reynolds, and Buster Edwards became household names, and their accounts have fed the myths and legends of The Great Train Robbery. But what really happened? This definitive account dismantles the myths and strips away the sensational headlines to reveal a flawed, darker, and more complex story. The crime, the police investigation, the trial, two escapes from high-security prisons, and an establishment under siege are all laid bare in astonishing detail for an epic tale of crime and punishment. Fifty years later, here is the story set out in full for the first time—a true-life crime thriller, and also a vivid slice of British social history.
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The Great Train Robbery of '63

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Nick Russell-Pavier

The Great Train Robbery, 1963

The 15 holdup men, wearing helmets, ski masks, and gloves, were aided by two accomplices—an anonymous insider who provided sensitive train-schedule and cargo information and another person who provided a country hideaway, Leatherslade Farm in Buckinghamshire. The ring leader was Bruce Reynolds , a known burglar and armed robber. The robbers stopped the train by turning off a green track signal and, with batteries, turning on a red signal. The robbers took about mail bags by Land Rovers to their farm hideaway, where they divided the loot. With this and other evidence, 12 of the 15 robbers were caught, convicted, and sent to prison none serving more than 13 years. One, Ronnie Biggs , escaped from prison in , had his face altered by plastic surgery , and fled first to Paris , then to Australia , and finally to Brazil. In Biggs returned to the United Kingdom and was rearrested.

I t is the 50th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery, on Thursday. Even after all this time, many myths surround it. A new compilation, the Great Train Robbery 50th Anniversary, compiled by Nick Reynolds, son of the robbery's architect, Bruce, who died earlier this year — and with contributions from the late robber and Ronnie Biggs — hopes to put the record straight. Here are 10 things you quite possibly didn't know about it. Completely unfounded rumours about the involvement of the Formula One supremo have circulated for years, prompting him to make the cheery denial that "there wasn't enough money on that train". There is a tiny connection in that one of the robbers, the late Roy James, who had been a professional racing driver, wrote from prison to the former champion Graham Hill, asking for help with his career when he came out. He was told he was wasting his time if he hoped to return to the track.

The Great Train Robbery of remains one of Britain's most notorious crimes and continues to fascinate people 55 years on. One of the most infamous robberies of all time, the heist involved the hijack of a London-bound post train and the theft of millions of pounds. Standing in wait for the train to pass Bridego Bridge, north of London , the robbers changed the green track signal to red using batteries, bringing the train to a halt. When co-driver David Whitby went to investigate, he was thrown over the railway embankment. Bruce Reynolds planned the robbery and as a result has become one of the most notorious criminals in British history.

The Great Train Robbery was the robbery of £ million from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London on the West Coast Main Line in the early.
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After tampering with the lineside signals in order to bring the train to a halt, a gang of fifteen, led by Bruce Reynolds , attacked the train. A 16th man, an unnamed retired train driver, was also present. The bulk of the stolen money was never recovered. Though the gang did not use any firearms, Jack Mills , the train driver, was beaten over the head with a metal bar. Mills' injuries were severe enough to end his career.

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