The day of the Great Train Robbery – level 2


On August 8, 1963, a train went from Glasgow to London, England. The train carried post or mail and also £2.6 million. At the same time, a group of 16 men was preparing to rob the train. They prepared a very clever plan.

When the train was going through the fields, they used a false red signal light and made the train stop. Then, they attacked the train. They didn’t kill anybody, but they made the train driver take the train to the nearest bridge. They put 128 bags full of the money in a car which was waiting under the bridge.

After the robbery, the men hid at a nearby farm. The police started to search every house around the place of the robbery. When the police found the farm, the men were gone, but they left their fingerprints there. Now, the police knew who they were because many of them were in prison before.

The men tried to hide in a different place, but the police found them all. The leaders were sent to prison for 30 years.

Difficult words: rob (to steal money from a bank), make (to force), anybody (no person), robbery (the crime of stealing money), fingerprint (a mark made by your finger).

What were some of the methods used by the robbers in order to carry out the successful train robbery?


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