This song has an upbeat vibe that doesn't seem to fit the soundtrack to a film about a train robbery, but that story has been sanitized and romanticized by the mass media. Buster Edwards was one of the men known as The Great Train Robbers. In August 1963, a Glasgow to Euston mail train was robbed netting over two million pounds for the perpetrators. When the gang were brought to book they received Draconian sentences - many convicted murderers served less time. Ronald Biggs, the most infamous gang member, famously escaped from Wandsworth Prison and fled to South America; likewise, Edwards ended up south of the border with his wife - hence the song - but eventually returned to Britain and surrendered to the authorities, receiving a "lenient" fifteen year sentence. He ended his days selling flowers outside London's Waterloo Station.
The Great Train Robbers won admiration for the sheer audacity of their crime, but the driver of the express, Jack Mills, was struck over the head with an iron bar, and suffered both physical and psychological trauma until his premature death in 1970.
Alexander Baron - London, England