Rail Ghosts and Hauntings

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.


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.


Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - Railway bridge over Wood Lane, and Gedling Station (currently a youth centre)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The phantom woman who is said to peer over the edge of the bridge and watch passers-by may be the same entity also reported at the old station.


Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - RHM Factory, part of which was Daybrook Railway Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s, early 1980s
Further Comments: Workers at the factory sometimes reported a phantom woman in one of the mixing rooms, which was once Daybrook Station. After improvements were made to this part of the plant, Mabel never returned.

Man with Lamp

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - Sherwood Rise Tunnel near former New Basford station (tunnel now bricked up)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1953
Further Comments: A phantom man swinging a lamp was seen emerging from the tunnel and walking a short distance along the track before vanishing. He was thought to be an engine driver killed during the 1890s.

Clanks of the Carriage

Location: Nottingham (Nottinghamshire) - Thorneywood Station (no longer operational) and tunnel (now bricked up)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s, 1970s
Further Comments: Sounds of old steam engines, and the clanking of carriages were heard around this former station, even though the last train to pass through was in 1951. The tunnel was said to be haunted by the sounds of footsteps that crunched on the gravel, and some say that a ghostly train still travels through it.


Location: Nuneaton (Warwickshire) - Railway line and bridge near the Bomb Hills
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa October 1986
Further Comments: Two people walking home spotted steam coming from under a bridge. Looking down from the bridge they could see a stationary steam locomotive and dozens of people laying across the tracks - the scene was semi-transparent. The witnesses ran off to find someone, and returned several minutes later, by which time the scene had gone.

Boadicea's Grave

Location: NW1 (Greater London) - King's Cross Station, Platform 10
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: The final resting ground of the warrior queen is reported to be under this busy platform.

Distressed Woman

Location: NW1 (Greater London) - King's Cross underground station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 1998
Further Comments: A witness spotted a woman in her twenties with long brown hair, wearing jeans and t-shirt. The figure was kneeling at the side of the corridor with her arms outstretched, and appeared distressed and crying. Someone walking in the opposite direction then walked through the woman. The witness said that upon reflection, it was like watching a repeating piece of film.

Moving Chairs

Location: NW1 (Greater London) - St Pancras Railway Station
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: July 2013
Further Comments: Several workers at the Eurostar terminal have reported poltergeist activity in the corridors that run parallel with Pancras Road. Doors have been opened and closed and chairs refuse to budge when people try to push them.

Walking Woman

Location: Outer London: Bromley (Greater London) - Bromley North Line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s?
Further Comments: This small stretch of line is reputedly haunted by a woman who was struck by a train.


Location: Outer London: Enfield (Greater London) - Hadley Wood railway - south tunnel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980 onwards
Further Comments: Since being cut up for scrap in 1980, the diesel powered 'Nimbus' has been spotted running along the tracks.


Location: Outer London: Queensway (Greater London) - Queensway Station, Central Line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Witnessed waiting on the platform, Sir Winston Churchill once lived quite close to the station.

Woman with a Red Scarf

Location: Outer London: Uxbridge (Greater London) - Ickenham Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Winter evenings (reoccurring), 1950s onwards
Further Comments: This ghostly figure stands at the end of the platform, close to where she fell and was electrocuted. She sometimes waves to attract attention before vanishing.

Young Woman

Location: Pinmore (Ayrshire) - Railway line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A girl who threw herself under a train just before the start of World War Two has occasionally been spotted standing by the tracks.

A Man and his Dog

Location: Plumtree (Nottinghamshire) - Outside Perkins' Bar & Bistro (formally Plumtree railway station)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The ghosts of a man and his dog haunt the site of former railway tracks just outside this bistro, where it is believed they were killed by a steam engine.

Rumbling Train

Location: Powerstock (Dorset) - Powerstock station (was also known as Poorstock station), now a private residence
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Even after the station was closed and the track removed, a steam locomotive could be felt as it passed by the building.

Figure in Blue

Location: Poynton (Cheshire) - Middlewood Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 February 1995, around 18:15h
Further Comments: The only person waiting at the station watched as a figure in blue cross the platform and down onto the tracks, where it appeared to lay on the tracks, disappearing from view. The witness walked to the platform edge and looked for the figure, but no one could be seen. The story was later told to another person, who said the figure had been previously seen.

Steam Whistle

Location: Redditch (Hereford & Worcester) - Along the A441 by Oakenshaw McDonalds
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: On quiet nights you are said to be able to hear a steam whistle from a train which once passed along this area before the line was closed by Beecham.

Slow Moving Train

Location: Rhydyfelin (Dyfed) - Close to the old railway line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2003 or 2004
Further Comments: Four people heard the sound of a slow moving train from their cottage which stood close to the disused railway line. They went outside to investigate, but saw nothing.

Man in Green

Location: Ripley (Derbyshire) - Butterley Station railway museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 6 May 1991
Further Comments: A visitor to the museum reported seeing a dark-haired man dressed in green clothing that looked like it was from World War One. The entity sat in an old box coach, used mainly for storage because of bad condition. Other people have complained of a strange atmosphere in the car.

Lorry Driver

Location: Rolleston (Nottinghamshire) - Rolleston station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Several entities have been reported at this station and around the track. A lorry driver who was killed at the junction is said to stand around the site where his death occurred, and another phantom man with a newspaper waits on a platform. At least one crossing keeper has reported the sounds and smell of a ghostly locomotive passing through, though nothing could be seen.

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