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Rail Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana


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.

A Man Vanishes

Location: W1J (Greater London) - Piccadilly Circus Underground Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1970s
Further Comments: In his autobiography, Gary Numan says that he and a friend followed a man dressed in 1940s style clothing as they passed through the station, believing he was heading towards an exit. The man turned a corner with Numan and friend close behind, but they turned into a dead end - there was no place the man could have gone.

Man in a Trilby

Location: W2 (Greater London) - Marble Arch
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s?
Further Comments: This underground station is said to be haunted by a man in a trilby hat and overcoat, seen on the escalator and vanishes when spotted.

Striding Grey Man

Location: W4 (Greater London) - Acton Green common, near Turnham Green tube station
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 12 February 2004, 06.45h
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.


Location: W9 (Greater London) - Maida Vale Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Although said to be haunted, details of the entity at this station are fleeting - a phantom is said to appear late at night, while hands are said to be 'felt' on the escalator.

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.

The site of the old railway station, Walberswick.

Something Invisible

Location: Walberswick (Suffolk) - Site of old railway line (aka Dead Man's 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.


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 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.

The Piccadilly Line of Covent Garden Station, London.

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.

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.

Egyptian Princess

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - Holborn tube station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown, late twentieth century?
Further Comments: An Egyptian Princess was said to haunt the British Museum underground station, but when it closed in 1933, her ghostly screams could still be heard emerging from the tunnels at Holborn.

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 re-enacted on the anniversary of the crash.

A ghostly man in grey.

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.

The National Railway Museum, York.

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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