UK history was made on the 8th of August 1963 when £2.6 million in cash was stolen from a Royal Mail train. The “Great Train Robbery” has entered the collective consciousness of British culture as a daring heist executed by cool criminals, many of whom stayed on the run and evaded capture for years.
The facts behind the Great Train Robbery are astonishing. The cash (equivalent to about £43 million today) was carried in an unguarded compartment, and was stored in sacks (rather than a safe). Looking at this arrangement in the cold light of day, it’s easy to ask why the risk hadn’t been foreseen. I’m no expert in rail security – but if I was transporting over £40 million, I’d make sure it was locked and guarded! In many ways, it could be seen as a robbery waiting to happen.