The 8th Day of August

The Great Train Robbery 1963

The robbery of £2.6 million from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London on the West Coast Main Line happened in the early hours of 8 August 1963. Led by Bruce Reynolds, other gang members included Gordon Goody, Buster Edwards, Charlie Wilson, Roy James, John Daly, Jimmy White, Ronnie Biggs, Tommy Wisbey, Jim Hussey, Bob Welch, Roger Cordrey, Harry Smith and Danny Pembroke.

After tampering with the line side signals near the Bridego Railway Bridge in order to bring the train to a halt, a gang of 15 attacked the train not using any firearms.

The Great Train Robbery 1963

After the robbery, the gang hid at Leatherslade Farm. After the police found this hideout, incriminating evidence led to the eventual arrest and conviction of most of the gang. The ringleaders were sentenced to 30 years in jail.

Extra Note: The bulk of the stolen money was never recovered.

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