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A Monopoly set famously played by the Great Train Robbers using real money while lying low at a farm after there £2.6 million heist has emerged 50 years after the infamous event.<br />
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The tatty board game came to light after it was brought to the Antiques Roadshow for valuation, revealing the little-known story of its part in the 20th century's most notorious heist.<br />
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It was discovered by police in a farmhouse hideout days after the brazen hold-up on a Royal Mail train in 1963.<br />
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The train had been travelling from Glasgow to London but was set upon at Ledburn in Buckinghamshire by the gang, who had tampered with signals.<br />
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The robbers stormed the train and took all but seven of 128 highly-prized sacks worth a total of £2.6 million - the equivalent of nearly £50 million nowadays.<br />
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Following the robbery the gang, including ringleader Bruce Reynolds, Buster Edwards and Ronnie Biggs - retreated to a nearby farmhouse to avoid police.<br />
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There they played the board game to pass the time and would use real money to buy 'property'.