THE son of the Crewe train driver attacked during the Great Train Robbery has refused to slam a moneymaking scheme cooked up by the mastermind behind the raid.
John Mills refused to be drawn into criticising convicted robber Bruce Reynolds's use of the gang's getaway truck to raise cash for a village hall.
The thief brought the Austin Loudstar lorry back to the Buckinghamshire village of Oakley, near to where the robbery took place in 1963.
Until then the white truck, now mottled with old age, was kept under lock and key in the Cae Dai museum in Denbigh, North Wales.
But Reynolds, who claims he has turned his back on his criminal past, used it as the main attraction in an anniversary convention to raise money for Oakley Village Hall.
Displaying a host of items used in the world-famous heist, and reuniting crooks with policemen from the time, the event brought in cash for the rundown building.
Mr Mills, who has never forgiven the robbers for hitting his father with an iron bar said, while he did not support it, he could not blast the charity event.
He said: 'I suppose it's better they use the truck for something like that rather than a robbery, and if it's raising money for a good cause then I can't really complain.'
But Mr Mills did question Reynold's claims he had turned over a new leaf and launched an attack on the underworld figure who planned the attack that left his father a broken man.
He said: 'I am not sure what he is doing now, but what can I say? He is a 'big' man for being part of what happened to my father.'
The truck, which was photographed at the gang's rural Leatherslade Farm hideaway, has been lent out for the event by Cae Dai museum boss Sparrow Harrison.
Mr Harrison said: 'One of the robbers had planned to use the truck to help carry off his share of the cash, and he had even installed a false floor to hide it.'
The truck was bought from Scotland Yard after the robbery by a Mr Wainwright, but ended up at a Yorkshire scrap yard, which later sold the vehicle to Mr Harrison.
He said: 'It took me a year and a half to broker the deal, but eventually they sold it to me and I put in it the museum as an exhibit. It's great to see it on the road again.'