It's been called "the heist of the century": In the early morning hours of August 8, 1963, a gang of 15 masked men robbed a Royal Mail train on its route from Glasgow to London. The bandits made off with £2.6 million — today's equivalent of $53.3 million.
The Great Train Robbery of 1963 captured Britain's imagination and held on for decades — perhaps because the crime itself was just the beginning of a sprawling and, at times, outlandish tale that included prison breaks, plastic surgery, and book deals. On the 55th anniversary of the crime, a look back.
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