Of all the paranormal activities that have been observed over the decades, ghost trains are the weirdest. Most of them put in an appearance in the United Kingdom, which is known for its affinity to the paranormal, and also in America, which has experienced some historically significant moments.
What do ghost trains look like? Phantom or ghost trains are as huge as real trains. Some of them are quiet, while others make the usual train noises, such as clanks and whistles. Some of the trains are totally empty, while others have ghosts and other astral entities as travelers.
Recorded in the pages of history are some famous ghost trains. Here is a list of 3 that enjoy the most fame.
1. The Nimbus
This phantom train is British in origin-a Deltic Rail Class-55 diesel engine, to be exact. The British decided to dismantle it in the late twentieth century, and the material obtained was used as scrap metal. Around nine months after its destruction, the Nimbus reappeared as a phantom train and was observed several times on the tracks.
2. The funeral train of President Lincoln
This train was used to transport the bodies of President Lincoln and Willie, his son, to Springfield in Illinois for the burial ceremony. Its phantom version has been spotted on the tracks on every anniversary of its significant journey. Some people have even observed skeletons travelling on this phantom train. As the ghost train chugs along, even the clocks are believed to become nonfunctional.
3. St. Louis Phantom Train
Based in St. Louis, Saskatchewan in Canada, this phantom train is famous for its ghostly light. While some consider it to be the train’s headlight, others think it is a lantern belonging to a brakeman’s ghost. This brakeman is believed to have died a violent death while on duty; a passing train had chopped off his head. Today, the brakeman is believed to be looking for his lost head in the light of a lantern. Skeptics, of course, are sure that the lights come from the headlights of vehicles on the highway.
Nobody knows what causes a phantom train. Moreover, ghost trains are not really “ghosts.” They are not spirits of deceased people. A ghost train is more of an imprint, energy trapped by the surroundings owing to repetitive actions or intense emotions. The event is then replayed several times in favorable conditions.
Whatever they are, they are truly fascinating paranormal phenomenons that demand a lot of research and study.