As I write this today it is 8th August 2015. Many people are waking up to England on the verge of regaining The Ashes. Others are welcoming the beginning of the soccer season.
52 years ago we were waking up to the news that a Royal Mail train from Glasgow and heading to Euston had been stopped by some men dressed as railway workers. They coshed the driver Jack Mills; uncoupled the front part of the train and moved that up to the bridge where their getaway truck was waiting. In a well planned operation some two million pounds in used/ready to be destroyed notes were moved from the train, into the lorry and away.
The Great Train Robbery made headlines, stories and ‘heroes’ of some of the thieves.
Sometime soon I’ll tell you of another Great Train Robbery from years much earlier.