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.

Haunted Blackpool

Haunted Blackpool

As a kid I was always jealous of my mate Glyn and the summer vacations he used to take. Every year his family would pack up the car and head through mid Wales towards Blackpool.

By the time I got to see Blackpool for the first time I was already a teenager – and the battered old fashioned coast had lost it’s spark somehow.

The third day I was there I discovered a book on haunted Blackpool and I badgered my dad to purchase it for me.

This article covers a handful of the more interesting cases of paranormal activity in this famous English seaside destination.

The Grand Theater Spirits

The Victorian Grand Theater in Blackpool is home to a well known presence called Charlie.

Charlie has put in many appearances over the years ruining productions and pestering spectators.

He is thought to be the spirit of a young man who committed suicide in the theater after a young actress rejected him. He was apparently so heart broken he jumped to his death from one of the balconies.

The most famous encounter with Charlie came in 1980 when a play director sat watching proceedings from ‘Charlie’s balcony’. As he watched the rehearsal he felt a tapping on his shoulder – when he turned around there was nobody there!

The tapping continued throughout the performance yet every time the director turned around he was confronted by a row of empty seats!

Charlie is not the only spirit that walks the aisles of the Grand – former manager Thomas Sargentson has often been spotted keeping a weary eye on the newer employees.

The Village of Kilmigrol

Kilmigrol is a village off Blackpool Beach that was eaten up by the sea in the Dark Ages. Ever since it’s disappearance there have been paranormal reports linked to it’s inhabitants.

The Ghostly Kilmigrol Bells

Whenever there is a sea front storm on Blackpool beach many local residents claim to hear tolling bells and melancholy shanties. From time to time ghostly lights can be seen shimmering on the horizon.

The Ghost Train

These days, the Ghost Train is a typical attraction found in most fairgrounds, but did you know that they originated from Blackpool Pleasure Beach?

In 1936, Blackpool Pleasure Beach opened its spooky ride and a few years later its name was changed to “ghost train”. This was the first ever Ghost Train ride of it’s kind!

For many decades a worker named Cloggy used to tend to the Train’s every need until he passed away in 1970. Cloggy’s devotion to the ride seems to have carried on even after his death.

Guests would often report being grabbed and touched by some unseen presence as they took on the ride. At first these guests thought is was part of the show – a worker hiding in the shadows to freak them out maybe?

When they disembarked the ride they were told that no such worker was employed inside the ride itself!

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Ghost Reports

Several years ago a group of maintenance workers were carrying out a large batch of repairs on the ride when they heard terrifying moans ring out. They finished up their work as quickly as possible and turned the main lights off on the ride switchboard.

As they left the Pleasure Beach they noticed that the skull at the very top of the Ghost Train was still shining out a bright light.

They returned to the electrical switchboard and discovered that everything was shut off – the skull’s light remained on for several more hours throughout the night.

No one know’s how or why it was lit…

If you have any opinions on haunted Blackpool that you’d like to share please use the comment section below.