91-Year-Old Earns Ph.D. After 18-Year Train Project

Here's a back-to-school story 70 years in the making. The last time retired British army Col. Michael Cobb picked up a college degree was 1938. He went back this weekend to pick up another — a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. The 91-year-old put in 18 years of research to create an atlas of British train stations.

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Here's a back-to-school story 70 years in the making. The last time retired British army Colonel Michael Cobb picked up a college degree was in 1938. He went back this weekend to pick up the next - a Ph.D. from Cambridge. To earn the degree, Cobb put in 18 years of research to create an atlas of British train stations. At 91, he may be the oldest trainspotter in the nation and a doctor, too.

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