Rail Ghosts and Hauntings

 
 


Hazy Figure

Location: Kellingley (Yorkshire) - Siding close to Sudforth Lane
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 05:20h, Early April, 2009
Further Comments: While checking an empty freight train, the driver spotted a six foot tall human shaped figure, about 25 yards away in a field. The figure was whitish, hazy and blurred. The driver tried to approach, but vegetation and fencing prevented him from doing so.


 
 


Disembodied Footsteps

Location: Kelvedon (Essex) - Kelvedon Rail Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 04:45h (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: Since the station was rebuilt, there have been no more reports of the footsteps, always heard at the same time.


 
 


Man in 1930's Clothing

Location: Kenley (Surrey) - Road bridge that crosses the railway line near the station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: October 1996, evening
Further Comments: While walking home, a witness spotted this phantom gentleman walking towards the railway station. The entity appeared to be deep in thought, and as it reached the station, suddenly stopped before dissolving away.


 
 


Cries of the Wounded

Location: Kentsford (Somerset) - Site of former railway
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A collision between two steam engines at the site in 1857 resulted in several people dead and seriously injured - locals have reported hearing the accident repeated at night, some even seeing the engine pass by.


 
 


Driver

Location: Keynsham (Somerset) - Rail Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: Several porters, at different times, reported seeing a phantom locomotive pass silently through the station along the Bristol line. A few said that they could see the driver of the train looking out, a concerned expression on his face.


 
 


Passenger Train

Location: Killeavy (County Armagh) - Railway line, Barney’s Bridge area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This phantom train is only seen at a distance, and vanishes without trace at Barney’s Bridge.


 
 


Navvies

Location: Kilsby (Northamptonshire) - Railway tunnel ventilation shaft
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During the construction of the Kilsby tunnel three drunken navvies fell to their deaths down one of the ventilation shafts. Their shades are still thought to lurk in the area.


 
 


The Black Train

Location: Kyle of Lochalsh (Highland) - General area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Locals say that the construction of the railway upset the natural balance; now a black train which spits flames uses the track at night, disappearing into nearby hills.


 
 


Freight Train

Location: Launceston (Cornwall) - Area near the old railway station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Though the tracks have been removed, several people have reported hearing the phantom sounds of a long goods train passing through the area.


 
 


Flag Waver

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Area around former Otterspool rail station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Before closing in 1951, a teenager was saved by a man from being hit by a train, although the rescuer was killed in the process. He is said to wave a red warning flag in the area.


 
 


Overwhelming Presence

Location: Liverpool (Lancashire) - Walton Junction Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s onwards
Further Comments: It is said that ever since the last steam engine left this site, an evil, repressive presence has descended upon the area.


 
 


Cuppage

Location: Lurgan (County Armagh) - Railway lines
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Date of last sighting unknown, but reputed to be a nightly event
Further Comments: Drunk after splitting up with his wife, Cuppage decided to try to convince her to return. Knowing that she would be on a certain train, he foolishly stood on the tracks; the train didn't stop and Cuppage was decapitated. His headless ghost now walks along the track every night with head tucked under his arm. A slight variant of the tale has Cuppage lose a couple of limbs instead of his head, and now he looks for the missing appendages.


 
 


Station Porter

Location: Lyonshall (Hereford & Worcester) - Disused railway station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940 onwards
Further Comments: Since closing, this station has become a haunt for a sad looking man, who is said to have once been a porter at the building.


 
 


White Dog

Location: Macclesfield (Cheshire) - South of railway station
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: November 2011, around 21:45
Further Comments: Departing the station, this train driver reported seeing a white misty dog move quickly across the track from left to right. One side of the railway stands a six metre high wall, while on the other a 3.5 metre high mesh fence - nowhere where the dog could have come from or disappeared to.


 
 


Misty Female Figure

Location: Maldon (Essex) - Disused railway station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s onwards
Further Comments: Reports of a figure waiting on platform two date back towards the end of the 1950's. The station is no longer there; it became a public house before being left empty and for sale, but the figure is still seen, making a strange groaning sound as it walks. An icy chill is said to denote her presence.


 
 


Footsteps

Location: Manchester (Lancashire) - Mayfield Station (as of January 2013, empty)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s onwards
Further Comments: The footsteps have been heard echoing in the building late at night - they are believed to be those of a suicide (one of several which occurred here over the years) that occurred in the mid twentieth century.


 
 


Crying Baby

Location: Maryport (Cumbria) - Dearham Bridge railway station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man once threw his new-born child under a train here, killing the infant. The father was hanged for the crime. Now, as a train is now about to enter the tunnel, the child can occasionally be heard screaming before being hit.


 
 


Fred Nicholson

Location: Middlesbrough (Yorkshire) - Railway Station
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: A young station boy reported seeing Fred, a signalman whom he knew, vanish in front of his eyes. He was told that Fred had fallen in front of a train a few hours earlier, dying instantly.


 
 


Floating Woman

Location: Millom (Cumbria) - Railway Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990, 23:00h
Further Comments: A local story says that a woman leapt from the bridge during the Second World War after hearing that her husband had died in battle. Some fifty years later, a witness spotted a woman in old fashioned clothing hovering above a hedge next to the bridge. The figure appeared to be missing her legs.


 
 


Steam Train

Location: N2 (Greater London) - East Finchley to Wellington Sidings underground
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This stretch of the Northern Line is reputed to be haunted by a spectral steam engine.


 
 


Sounds of a Train

Location: N6 (Greater London) - Highgate High Level Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Started during the Second World War, the station was never finished, though locals sometimes reported the sound of a steam train along where the track was supposed to have been laid. One rational explanation put forward is that the sounds of the trains came from nearby stations which were active until the 1970.


 
 


POWs

Location: Netherfield (Nottinghamshire) - Railway track behind Jackie Bells public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: A CCTV system at the pub was said to have picked up the sounds of German prisoners of war singing, the sound coming from the area of the railway line. The track was once used to transport POWs, and the area beyond the pub was a holding area. The ghostly figure of a man has also been observed walking along the track, vanishing without warning.


 
 


Silent Woman

Location: No fixed location (Greater London) - Railway line between London & Carlisle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Dressed in black and wearing a veil, this figure has been seen sitting quietly and disappearing without warning. She is believed to be a bride whose new husband had stuck his head out of a window and was decapitated. Found holding his body once they reached London, totally insane, her spirit has been making the journey since.


 
 


Large Rat

Location: Norwich (Norfolk) - Railway Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This station is home to a frightful entity which takes the form of a rat-like creature with large teeth and obnoxious breath.


 
 


Steam Engine

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - Mapperley Tunnel, southern end
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970
Further Comments: Two school children playing in the tunnel heard a steam engine rapidly approaching them - terrified they ran out into the fresh air. A few seconds after their escape they realised that the train could not have existed, as the north end of the tunnel was barricaded.


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