THE Great Train Robbery was dubbed the crime of the century, and now the Tyrone man said to be behind it may be unmasked.
A hairdresser who was jailed for 30 years for his part in the crime says he will name a Tyrone man who was the ‘insider on the job’, 50 years after 12 armed men got away with £2.6m.
Douglas Gordon Goody, sentenced to 30 years for his part in the robbery, will name the only robber who eluded capture in a TV documentary to be screened in October.
Known only as The Ulsterman, the informant possessed inside information about the supposedly secret Royal Mail trains that were being used to carry large sums of money between Glasgow and London each night.
Goody (84), living in Spain since his release in 1978, says he first heard about the robbery plan from crooked solicitors’ clerk Brian Field, who said a Northern Ireland man had this perfect robbery plan.
Field arranged for Goody to meet The Ulsterman. The pair bonded over the fact that Goody had spent much of his childhood in Tyrone. They met three times and the anonymous Northern Ireland man gave Goody a bit more information each time.
Goody and ‘Buster’ Edwards were the only members of the gang ever to meet The Ulsterman. Goody handed over his share of the loot the night after the £2.6m robbery – around £150,000 – and never saw him again. Brian Field died in 1979 while Edwards died in 1994, leaving Goody as the only living person who knows The Ulsterman’s identity.
The mystery figure, believed to have died some time ago, remains the only one of the 17 criminals with a full share of the stolen money to get clean away with it.
Goody has indicated that, due to the passage of time, there is no longer any reason to keep the man’s name secret.
It is 50 years ago today when the dozen men ambushed a train and stole £2.6m in old bank notes (£45m in today’s money).
One casualty was driver Jack Mills (58), who sustained head injuries after being coshed by the raiders, who were masked and armed with clubs and iron bars. (He died in 1970 from leukaemia.)