All aboard! Across the globe there are some superbly spooky ghost tours that are dedicated to remembering the ghosts of the past, exploring old, abandoned rail yards, and searching for ghost trains that are said to run through stations and then disappear…
1. The Ghost Train Of Paris, France
If there are ghosts in the Metro stations of Paris, they must be shy or well hidden.
The city’s Metro Preservationist Group doesn't go hunting for ghosts on foot. Instead they conduct their ghost tours by train in the dead of night.
Each night, after the Metro cars have stopped running, the club and their guests board a train and cruise through the empty but still active stations to the underground stops that have long been closed. There, actors re-enact some of the tragic scenes that happened at the stations in the past.
From where the lovelorn lady waited for her husband to return for years before tossing herself in front of a train, to the supernatural meeting of a jubilant couple reuniting from World War II – only to find out his special lady had died while he was away. The scenes are as heartbreaking as they are informative, providing a unique and chilling view of the abandoned underground beneath Paris.
2. Kymlinge Metro Station Near Stockholm, Sweden
In the 1970s the authorities in Stockholm intended to build a Metro line out to Kymlinge. Before the line was actually built, workers started work on the station. However, for reasons unknown, construction stopped suddenly in 1976 and never started again.
Authorities assumed that they could continue building the station in the future, but it started to earn an eerie reputation. The locals began to say “Bara de döda stiger av i Kymlinge,” which means “Only the dead get off at Kymlinge." Some people believe that is why construction stopped so abruptly. They believe that the workers stumbled upon something sinister that halted work.
3. Funeral Train Of Abraham Lincoln, Washington, DC to Springfield, IL
After he was assassinated, Abraham Lincoln’s body was taken back to his home in Springfield via train. Every year in April, it is said that Lincoln's phantom train runs through 180 cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Springfield.
The rumours say that sometimes you cannot always see the train, but you can hear it or see its lights. The legend says that even if you don’t see it, check your watch. People in close proximity have reported that their watches and clocks die at the exact time the original train passed through all those years ago.
For those who claim to have seen it, accounts vary. Some felt as if it was just a real train before they watched it disappear. Other claim to have seen a coffin draped with the American flag, surrounded by Union solders. Some report a cold wind rolling in, as well as a black fog preceding the train.
4. The St Louis Ghost Train, Saskatchewan, Canada
The St Louis Ghost Train or the St Louis Light, as it is more commonly known, isn't quite as grand as Lincoln's phantom train, but it has some similarities.
This particular ghost train isn't carrying a dead president, nor does it stop the clocks as it passes. The ghost train is not so much a train, but a light. Coming up the tracks, people claim to have caught glimpses of a light moving up and down along the abandoned railway line at night. The light appears to change colour and varies in brightness, but it could not be a train, as the railway had the tracks removed long ago.
It is so famous that it has been featured on many ghost shows, including Unsolved Mysteries. Some twelfth grade students thought they had the mystery all unraveled though. They even won their local science fair for their theory. During their investigation, they duplicated the phenomenon, which they determined was caused by the diffraction of distant vehicle lights.
For a while it seemed as though the mystery has been solved, but there are two problems. The lights are reported to be seen before cars even existed – and sometimes other lights appear that could not possibly be caused by cars, as they appear in the trees.