Rail Ghosts and Hauntings


Cloaked Figure

Location: Tebay (Cumbria) - Railway tracks, exact location unknown
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1967
Further Comments: David Johnson, a steam train enthusiast, accidentally caught a ghostly figure on film as he photographed a locomotive in the village.



Location: Thurgarton (Nottinghamshire) - Station Cottage
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several ghostly children were reported as haunting here before the occupiers were replaced by automatic crossing barriers. Footsteps were also hear around the building.


Suicidal Man

Location: Tilehurst (Berkshire) - Railway station waiting room
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This ghost left the premises after a blessing from a couple of local clergymen. Popular belief is that he took his own life in the waiting room, and not that he was the first casualty of the mythical British Rail sandwich.


Ghost Train

Location: Tywyn ((formerly known as Towyn) (Gwynedd) - Talylln Railway, the Dolgoch Viaduct
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1982
Further Comments: Seen by climbers, a black shape was watched as it darted along the track at midnight. Local people have reported hearing whistles and watching lights on the track late at night after the last trains have ceased.


Victorian Man looking Worried

Location: Upminster (Essex) - Between Upminster and Barking, along rail tracks
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: While slowing down, a train passed a man dressed in Victorian clothing standing in a small brick building, looking very surprised to see the locomotive. A curious passenger investigated further, and found the building no longer existed.



Location: W1 (Greater London) - Baker's Street to St John's Wood, northbound tunnel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: Bill, an underground track walker, sat down for a break while patrolling the line. He reported disembodied footprints which crunched down in the ballast and appeared before him. The footsteps went straight past him and stopped ten metres from his position. When he finished his rounds, one of his colleagues said that other people had also encountered the footsteps, and they belonged to a workman killed in the area.



Location: W1 (Greater London) - Hyde Park Corner underground station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1978, early morning
Further Comments: Two members of staff were alarmed when they discovered an escalator working, though the electrical connection had been disabled. Walking into a room, one man reported hitting a spot so cold that his breath was visible, while the other worker collapsed in a state of shock. The latter claimed to have seen a strange face, and left the station before his shift ended, never to return.


Woman in Lace

Location: W1 (Greater London) - Marylebone Station, switch room on Platform 1
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa May / June 2000, 02:00h
Further Comments: While trying to sleep, a maintenance fitter saw a young woman hovering in front of him. The figure had a lacy top, and her face was blurred. The man ran from the room, and met a cleaner, who asked if he had seen the ghost of the woman who appears there.


Striding Grey Man

Location: W4 (Greater London) - Acton Green common, near Turnham Green tube station
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 06.45h, Thursday 12 February 2004
Further Comments: This semi transparent entity was observed walking parallel to the railway line, wearing a knee length cape. The dark grey figure vanished when the witness momentarily looked away.


Victorian Woman

Location: Wakefield (Yorkshire) - Kirkgate Railway Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom woman in Victorian clothing has been reported moving around the subway that connects platforms 1 and 2.


Something Invisible

Location: Walberswick (Suffolk) - Site of old railway line (aka dead mans gully)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area's history is unknown, but animals are known to become quite upset if forced to pass through the locality.


Snowy the Cat

Location: Wansford (Cambridgeshire) - Yarwell tunnel, Nene Valley Railway (13m west of Peterborough)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Snowy's owner, the stationmaster, was killed by a train while out looking for his pet. The cat is doomed to haunt the area in which it disappeared until found by the stationmaster.


Train Whistle

Location: Washford (Somerset) - Valley area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A train hasn't travelled here since the early part of the twentieth century, though this hasn't halted the reports of steam whistles and the traditional 'chuff' of an old engine.


Train and Trucks

Location: Watchet (Somerset) - Disused railway lines in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: Even though the railway lines had been closed for many years, people were still reporting hearing and seeing phantom locomotives moving around the area. Disembodied laughter, thought to belong to children, also haunt the same area.



Location: Watford (Hertfordshire) - Tunnel near Watford Junction railway station
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Late nineteenth / early twentieth century
Further Comments: At a certain point in the tunnel, the firemen of steam driven engines reported their boilers would spit coal back at them. It was later said it was there that a pile of bodies were disturbed during the tunnel's construction, and the spirits were restless.


Egyptian Princess

Location: WC1 (Greater London) - British Museum Station (closed 1933)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1933
Further Comments: Connected to the 'curse' of the Amen-Ra's tomb, this Egyptian Princess would return from the grave late at night and would wail and scream in the tunnels. A more recent report states that these sounds can now be heard further down the track, in Holborn station.


Displaced Actress

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Aldwych Underground Station (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Built where the Royal Strand Theatre once stood, it is thought the female ghost seen standing on the tracks migrated from the original building to the station shortly after it became operational. She is normally reported by cleaning staff working the night shift.


William Terriss

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Line
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Around midnight, winter months (reoccurring). Last seen 1972?
Further Comments: An actor, Mr Terriss was stabbed to death in December 1897 at a nearby theatre. His ghost, tall in stature, has been seen dressed in a grey suit with white gloves, standing on the platform late at night.


Oppressive Feeling

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Embankment Station - Page's Walk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000
Further Comments: Staff who walk along the long dark tunnel known as Page's Walk complain of cold winds, doors which open and slam shut, and an oppressive feeling.


Floating Monk

Location: Winchcombe (Gloucestershire) - Railway station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in a dark robe, this holy figure floats a half a metre above the ground.


Glowing Train with Red Lights

Location: Wormit (Fife) - Tay Bridge
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 28 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The badly designed Tay Bridge collapsed in 1873, a passenger train crashing down with the faulty structure into the cold waters of the Firth of Tay below. The scene is reenacted on the anniversary of the crash.


Man in Grey

Location: Wraysbury (Surrey) - Railway Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s - present
Further Comments: A man dressed in 1930s clothing, a grey overcoat and flat cap is reported walking up and down the platforms here.


Robed Figure

Location: Yatton (Somerset) - Church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1952
Further Comments: Two witnesses reported, at separate times, seeing a female figure in a grey robe walking away from the altar. The ghost had her head bowed and hands clasped.



Location: Yeovil (Somerset) - Railway Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Molly worked at the railway restaurant during the 1960s, and died on the platform. Her ghost is held accountable when items are moved around and electrical items are switched on and off.


Odd Spots

Location: York (Yorkshire) - National Railway Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A sleeping car housed here is said to contain a strange presence, while the darkroom is also reportedly home to a ghostly presence.

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