The Great Train Robbery 1963


Eli Marshall, Author


In 1963 15 thieves held a robbery on the Royal Mail train departing from Glasgow and transporting at least 2.3 Million dollars to a bank in London. With careful planning based on inside information from an individual known as The Ulsterman whose real identity has never been established, the robbers escaped with over 2.6 million dollars. The bulk of the stolen money was never recovered. The gang did not use any firearms, though, Jack Mills, the train driver, was beaten over the head with a metal bar. Mills suffered serious head injuries. But recovered and continued duties as normal. 


After the robbery, the gang hid at Leatherslade Farm. The police found this hideout, and incriminating evidence led to the eventual arrest and conviction of only 11 members. The other four are still unknown. The ringleaders were sentenced to 30 years in prison. The raid was devised over a period of months by a core team: Goody and Edwards along with Bruce Reynolds, and Charlie Wilson, with Reynolds assuming the role of “mastermind”. This gang, although very successful in the criminal underworld, had virtually no experience in stopping and robbing trains, so it was agreed to enlist the help of another London gang called The South Coast Raiders.


The bounty from the notorious 1963 crime was believed to have been split into roughly equal shares, with smaller amounts given to gang members who played a lesser role in the crime. Most of the money was never recovered.