The Luna Park Ghost Train Fire

The Luna Park Ghost Train Fire

This article will be taking a look at the tragic Luna Park ghost train fire from 1979 – is there an occult undertone to this event that managed to trap the spirits within the confines of the popular family location?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Park

Opened on October 4th, 1935, Luna Park is considered to be one of the most popular family attractions in Sydney Harbour Foreshore. It was built as a sort of ‘homage’ to the original Luna Park that sits in New York (Coney Island).

It was built on an area of land that used to be a construction headquarters – used for the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Once the bridge was finished, the area became open for bids…and the Luna Park setup won the deal!

The park actually hit on hard times during the 50’s when it’s attendance levels dropped significantly due to the birth of household TV etc. At one point, during the early 70’s, new owners tried to develop it into a multi-story trade center.

This application for development was firmly refused, so the park remained open to the public…


The Fire

Tragedy hit the park’s ghost train on June the 9th, 1979, when a sudden fire broke out at 10:15pm. Unfortunately, the ride itself was full to the brim with passengers.

The fire raged until about half past eleven, that same night, when the fire services finally managed to get a hold of it.

Firefighters taking on the fire

Seven victims were recovered from the ride: John Godson, his two children, Damien (6) and Craig (4), and College students Jonathon Billings, Richard Carroll, Michael Johnson, and Seamus Rahilly.

These bodies were not found inside the train cars – they were scattered all over the inside of the ride. Apparently they had all left the cars in desperation…looking for a way out of the flaming amusement ride.


A Ritual Sacrifice?

It wasn’t long before the conspiracy theorists jumped on the bandwagon, and many different theories about the cause of the fire rose from it’s ashes.

The one theory that stood out, and is still discussed regularly, is the idea that this fire could have been linked to a ritual sacrifice to the ancient Ammonite god Moloch.

This theory came to light when a photograph was released that contained the image of one of the young boys killed in the tragedy. It was taken on the ferry, just before he arrived at the park…and standing in the background is a horned figure that apparently had no links to the park.

A Ritual Sacrifice at Luna Park

On top of this, a witness, Marshall Said (16), claimed that the ride operator was letting cars full of kids into the ride…AFTER the park had been alerted to the fire inside!

The Sydney newspaper, The Sun, picked up on this theory and actually published a front page story on it.


The Luna Park Ghost Train Fire

There have been numerous reports of paranormal activity around the building that was eventually built on the site of the destroyed ghost train – The Big Top.

These paranormal incidents always involve visitors to the park experiencing calming whispers in their ear, as they walk through The Big Top area.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the tragic incident we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.