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English Electric Class 40, a class made famous for being a flagship when new and one of it's members being involved in the Great Train Robbery, 1963. Built 1958 - 62.


Ronald Arthur "Ronnie" Biggs (8 August 1929 – 18 December 2013) was an English thief, known for his role in the Great Train Robbery of 1963, for his escape from prison in 1965, for living as a fugitive for 36 years and for his various publicity stunts while in exile. In 2001, he returned to the United Kingdom and spent several years in prison, where his health rapidly declined. Biggs was released from prison on compassionate grounds in August 2009 and died in a nursing home in December 2013.

from Mail Online

The Great Train Robbery set to be told in new two-part BBC drama

from mirror

Shocked to the core: 10 crimes that shook Britain

from The British Postal Museum & Archive blog

The Great Train Robbery, the aftermath and the Investigations: A Story from the Archive

The train carriage following the Great Train Robbery. © Thames Valley Police.


Great Train Robbery mastermind Bruce Reynolds has died at 81

from the Guardian

Great Train Robbery: 10 things you didn't know

Ronnie Biggs, one of the Great Train Robbers, in police custody in 1963.