bullion box full of lead shot
Bullion Box, South Eastern Railway, box containing lead shot from Great Gold Robbery from London - Paris via Folkestone train on 15 May 1855. This bullion box is from the first great train robbery. A shipment of gold was stolen from a guards’ van on a South Eastern Railway (SER) train running from London to the south coast, where it met a ferry bound for France. The crime was discovered in Paris, when bank staff realised that thieves on board the train had replaced the gold with lead shot. As a result of the robbery the SER built special bullion vans to avoid carrying gold in guards’ vans.
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- Miscellanea & Curiosities
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- British Rail, Historical Relics
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