Fifty years ago, they were involved in 'the crime of the century'. But what happened when the law caught up with the great train robbers?
Police officers who investigated the Great Train Robbery have been commended for solving the "crime of the century" 50 years ago.
There have been bigger heists since 1963. But in my primary school playground, the only game to play was Cops and Great Train Robbers.
An email from notorious prisoner Charles Bronson has been read out at the funeral of Ronnie Biggs in which he paid tribute to the Great Train Robber as "staunch, solid, loyal to the end".
The homage from Bronson continued:
Much respect to a diamond geezer. I do hope the royal family show their respect with a nice train wreath. Three cheers to you Ron, we love you buddy.
Nick Reynolds, the son of the late mastermind of the 1963 robbery Bruce Reynolds, meanwhile described Biggs in heroic terms, saying:
The word legend is defined in the dictionary as an extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field, and Ron certainly fits that description.
Speaking about the ill health Biggs had suffered in his last years, Mr Reynolds said: "The house was a wreck but the lights were on and Ron was very much at home."
Charles Bronson, one of the country's longest-serving prisoners, has paid his respects to Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs with a bouquet.
The flowers contained an old ten-bob note with the words "Ronnie Biggs RIP" scrawled across it.
Flowers in the shape of two fingers have travelled in the back of the hearse carrying the coffin of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs to his funeral.
A Stetson hat and a red-and-white Charlton Athletic scarf sat atop the flags of Brazil and the UK as Ronnie Biggs' coffin was carried into a packed-out chapel in north London.
Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs' infamous defiance of authority has been celebrated at his funeral with a white floral wreath in the shape of a two-fingered salute included in his hearse.
The flag of Brazil, where he spent many years on the run, was draped over his coffin along with a Union flag as it was driven through north London on the way to his funeral service.
Biggs, who spent more than three decades as a fugitive, died at the age of 84 last month.
A service is being held to remember two men from Cheshire who died after being assaulted during the Great Train Robbery. Jack Mills from Crewe was clubbed over the head, David Whitby, died of a heart attack, aged 34.
Thames Valley Police will tweet a duty log for 'that' day fifty years ago - when used bank notes were stolen from the overnight mail train from Glasgow to Euston.
This time 50 years ago a 16 strong gang brought a Royal Mail train travelling from Glasgow to London to a halt #GreatTrainRobbery
We are yet to receive a call. Why? It would later be discovered that the gang had cut all phone lines #GTRcallLog
That’s it! Thanks to the meticulous planning, the whole robbery is now finished! #GreatTrainRobbery
Notorious train robber Ronnie Biggs said today he is proud to have been part of the gang involved in "The Crime of the Century" almost 50 years ago.
Biggs, who cannot speak, communicated his thoughts on the Great Train robbery through a spelling board, ahead of the crime's August 8th anniversary. The 83-year-old said: "If you want to ask me if I have any regrets about being one of the train robbers, my answer is, 'No!'.
"I will go further: I am proud to have been one of them. I am equally happy to be described as the 'tea-boy' or 'The Brain'. I was there that August night and that is what counts."
Biggs was released from prison on compassionate grounds in 2009. He said his only regrets about the incident were the injuries sustained by the train's driver. He has contributed to a new book about the robbery - The Great Train Robbery - 50th Anniversary - 1963-2013.