Chris Taft open extra display coach (see text)

To reveal a Great Train Robber playing monopoly with "Real 1963 money"


17 August 2015

Moving The Mail event at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Event declared a great success

On Sunday 16th August Buckinghamshire Railway Centre’s “Moving the Mail” was declared a “great event”! Organised annually by the Travelling Post Office (TPO) Group to highlight the TPO Coaches - two original coaches that were used to sort mail and deliver it to the UK regions on its nightly journeys – many people don’t realise that these trains ceased operating early in 2004.

Luton Model Railway Club’s Diorama of the 1963 Great Train Robbery was very popular with visitors, numbering about 240 or so that saw the action of a fantastic model railway layout showing the robbery as it happened, with lights & sound to illustrate the action!

In the Cinema Coach, many people listened to illustrated talks by retired Police Chief Inspector Tony Keep of the Thames Valley Police Museum who spoke about the robbery from the Police perspective and by one of the TPO Volunteers talking about the Post Office Investigations Branch – history and its own investigations of what has been dubbed the “Crime of the Century”.

Children competed for small prizes by finding large coloured photographs of International Mail Vans pinned up all around the Centre, and Members of the Post Office Vehicle Club displayed their lovingly restored PO Telegram Motorcycles.

BRC’s TPO Coaches show short films about Moving the Mail, information about moving and sorting mail, and the Great Train Robbery that took place locally – and visitors can even “have a go” at sorting mail. TPO Group Secretary Sheila Lobley said, “The Group were very pleased at the crowd who packed the Coaches to witness Chris Taft, Head of Collections at the British Postal Museum & Archive cut the ribbon to open a third Display Coach which includes a “Robbers’ Hideout Kitchen” with a full-sized “robber” playing Monopoly – with `real` money!”


Tina Jones - Retirement

Many members will be sad to learn that Tina Jones our stalwart refreshment room Catering Manager, has decided to retire. Tina stepped into the role quite some time ago when the previous incumbent had to leave the job quite suddenly. {Web Master was not around in those days so I don't have the details of quite when and why.)

Tina tells us that her legs are not up to running around the kitchen all day any more so we wish her well as she take the opportunity to put her feet up a bit every Sunday. No doubt Charlie will bring her in to see us from time to time and who knows she may be found sitting behind the counter in the 6989 outlet shop before long!

Ray Powell – Stepping Down

Just as the heat of summer is upon us and the visitor number soar Ray Powell, our Commercial Roster Clerk, has announced he is stepping down from this position at the end of June. He is also retiring early as a Trustee from the Executive Committee as overall he feels his contribution to the Society has not matured as he would have wished. Ray has a number of other volunteer interests where he feels he will be able to contribute in a more positive manner and, maybe, have a little more time for his family.

Information on Ray's other activities and personal reflections of the world about him can be found on: