A special exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery is proving popular with visitors at the Severn Valley Railway.
The exhibition is being held at The Engine House Visitor Centre in Highley and is suitable for inquisitive minds of all ages.
In 1963, a gang which was to become infamously known as The Great Train Robbers, targeted a train bound for Euston Station, carrying £2.6 million mainly in used £1 and £5 notes, as well as letters and parcels, 72 post office staff to sort the mail en-route and a quantity of registered mail for sorting.
The train, which was made up of 12 postal vehicles known as Travelling Post Offices (TPOs), set out from Glasgow at 6.50pm on Wednesday, August 7, 1963, before it was stopped at 3am on Thursday, August 8, at a place known as Sears Crossing.
The gang made away with 121 sacks of money and a total of £2.5 million in cash.
The exhibition at the SVR includes one of the Royal Mail TPO carriages and an informative display.
Visitors can explore the inside of the vehicle and have fun sorting letters just like staff would have done in 1963.
Clare Gibbard, SVR’s marketing and communications manager, said: There is a good chance that the Royal Mail carriage on display in our Engine House was one of the vehicles involved in the Great Train Robbery that night. If not, it is certainly typical of the vehicles used during that period.”
The exhibition runs throughout the summer.
For more information and ticket bookings, visit www.svr.co.uk or call 01299 403816.
Organised largely by a dedicated body of more than 1,200 volunteers, the full-size, standard-gauge railway line runs regular steam-hauled passenger trains along a scenic 16-mile route between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire.