Following a vicious attack on a wages van at Heathrow airport in November 1962 the gang concerned are disappointed that the haul is less than expected and their leader, Bruce Reynolds, despite his wife's request that he eschews crime, is greedy for a bigger heist. This comes about when an anonymous Ulsterman alerts the gang to the Glasgow to Euston mail train, said to be carrying a million pounds. Recruiting more villains Reynolds begins his meticulous plan to halt the train with false signals at a lonely Buckinghamshire crossing and, on August 8 1963, a night later than planned, the robbery takes place. Despite Reynolds' desire to play down violence train driver Jack Mills is injured and the getaway bungled as the gang, dressed as soldiers, hole up in a farmhouse. The haul is also far more than they imagined and Reynolds is conscious that it will be harder to dispose of as the robbers go their separate ways. Soon afterwards Reynolds sees in a newspaper headline that he is a suspect ... Written by
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Did You Know?
Two of the gang to go what is captioned as 'Euston trainyard' - to practice driving a diesel loco. Firstly the term 'trainyard' was and is not one in common British usage and certainly not the formal or informal title the caption implies of an engine shed (steam era) or motive power depot (diesel/electric era). Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, Euston did not have any such facility in 1963, the nearest engine shed was/is at Willesden. See more
Who's Gonna Pay the Check
written by 'Peggy Lee (I)'
published by Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd
Performed by 'Eliza Doolittle' See more