Detective Constable John Bailey was the first to arrive at the scene in Ledburn, England on the day in 1963 that the mail train from London to Glasgow was held up. He took pictures that day and throughout the investigation, which he compiled into extensive scrapbooks. He’s retiring so he is making the collection available to the public. It’s even up for grabs at auction. DC Bailey’s collection is expected to fetch at least $5000 USD.
The Great Train Robbery of 1963 was a daring crime that had more in common with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid than a band of small-time London criminals. It was a crime that not only captivated the imagination of the worlds media and the public they served, it also succeeded in transforming one of the gang, Ronald Arthur Ronnie Biggs, into a folk hero. Read the complete Crimelibrary.com background story here.
A mugshot composite of twelve of the robbers arrested for the heist.