The document was issued
by a Mr Gillett, who appears to have been the Station Manager
at Congleton, and it reads:
In the event of any of the above-mentioned
trains being 5 minutes or more overtime in any section, the signalman
concerned must immediately advise the District Control office
of the circumstances, who will in turn promptly inform "999"
and the railway police."
Various train times
etc. listed, then
not directly concerned with these trains must be prepared for
the same action to be taken in the event of diversions."
Great Train Robbery took place on 8th August 1963 and it's interesting
to note that this document is dated 30th August 1966. Surely
it didn't take three years for the railways to react to the mail
train being robbed- did it? Explanations welcomed.
This document was found in Elton Crossing box on the Sandbach
branch so which of these mail trains used the branch? I would
love to know the relevance to Elton Crossing.