I first came across the ‘story’ of the San Antonio ghost train tracks about a decade ago – at the time it hadn’t been hit up by the debunkers and the skeptics (man I HATE those guys!).
Anyway, over the last decade or so…this paranormal report has take a little bit of a beating…
Fact or Fiction…
So what’s the story behind the San Antonio ghost train tracks?
Okay, to get this paranormal ‘episode’ to work – you have to set your car up first…
Yep – you have to first drive to the train tracks on the South Side of town near Villamain and Shane roads. After this you need to get out and spread baby powder (or Talcum Powder – depending on where you live!) all over the back window of the car.
You then drive up onto the tracks…and leave the car parked in neutral.
You then have to wait until a train approaches.
At this point, a team of ghostly children are thought to appear and push your car to safety!
Now, I’m not exactly condoning this sort of thing – if you are mad enough to try it out for yourself – go for it!
Just don’t blame me if things go…wrong!
But why do these ghostly children appear?
Well, it all comes from a local legend that says that in the early 1900’s, a bus got stuck on these very tracks, and a train collided with it…
Killing all of the children on board.
Recent research points to the fact that this tragic bus accident probably happened elsewhere – in Utah.
On top of this, a group of skeptical ghost hunters discovered that the road near the tracks provides an optical illusion where it looks completely flat, but in fact, there is a gradual decline.
This means that if you leave a car in neutral – it will gradually move along as if someone is pushing it along a flat road with no incline!
Now it’s over to you – real paranormal happenings or nothing more than a urban legend?
Do you think these ghostly children exist?
Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.
In this article we will be taking a look at the known haunted tube stations in the South London area. If you are from this area and have additional information to add to our findings please feel free to use the comment section found at the bottom of this article.
The Elephant & Castle Footsteps
The Elephant and Castle tube station is said to be haunted by ghostly phantom footsteps, tapping sounds and doors which open of their own accord.
Numerous staff members have reported the sound of unseen footsteps leading from a main platform to the booking hall area.
One particular night porter put in several reports claiming that his office door would violently swing open and then closed again throughout the night.
He would often jump out of his seat and run onto the platform believing he could catch the culprit. Whenever he got to the other side of the door the platform was eerily deserted.
More recent porter employees have reported the sound of strong footsteps walking along the platform at night. They would reach the porter office door and suddenly stop, as if someone was about to barge into the room.
One particular porter employee heard the phantom footsteps lead up to his room followed by a loud banging on the office door.
He left the job the next day telling his employers he would never work at the station again.
The Haunting of The Kennington Loop
Kennington station forms part of the Northern Line in the London underground and over the years it has received it’s fair share of paranormal phenomena.
Kennington is the terminus for the Charing Cross branch line. To prevent the need for shunting, terminating trains proceed in to what is known as the Kennington loop.
This loop is basically put in place so that trains can switch direction and return to the same platform for a return journey in the opposite direction.
The most famous Kennington paranormal incident happened one night in 1980 when a train was held at a loop signal as it waited to return to the station platform.
Only the driver and guard were on the train at this time and they both heard someone walking through the carriages loudly slamming the doors behind themselves.
The driver and guard were separated at the time so they naturally thought that the other was making his way through the train…this was not the case!
When they finally came off duty later that night they reported the incident to their bosses.
It turned out that they were not the only tube workers to have experienced this – other train crews had also experienced the opening and slamming of the carriage doors on several occasions.
The Oval and Stockwell Worker
Paul Fisher, a London Underground trainee manager, was hard at work one night in 1984 after he had been given the task of walking the line between the Oval and Stockwell stations.
Deep into the walk he exited the south Island place tunnel to find an old man working at replacing a portion of the train track.
He noticed that this elderly gentleman was using an old tilly oil lamp for work light and he asked where the man had got it from.
The elderly worker replied that he preferred to use these types of lamps and had always opted to use them.
After some further conversational pleasantries Fisher resumed his walk and ended up in his destination in Stockwell.
On arrival, his first task was to inform the line controller that there were no real problems on the train line, other than the elderly worker by the south Island place tunnel.
The controller informed Fisher that no workers were booked in to be working the track that night so they both returned to the track area to see if they could locate the man.
When they arrived there was no sign of the man or the work on the track that he had been carrying out.
Fisher was adamant that he met and talked with this elderly worker and decided to look into the matter further.
He found out that in the 1950’s, a track maintenance man, working on a noisy compressor, failed to hear a approaching train and was killed.
The driver of the train wasn’t able to stop in time before hitting the elderly worker who was carrying his trusty tilly lamp…