“Having walked no more than a mile, I suddenly heard behind me a one-sounding rumble, similar to the murmur of a large stream. I looked around. Immediately, at the turn, a large black body appeared, which rushed with a noise towards me along the rails. Less than half a minute passed, and the stain disappeared, the rumble mingling with the rumble of the night. It was an ordinary boxcar. By itself, he did not represent anything special, but the appearance of him alone, without a locomotive, and even at night, puzzled me "(AP Chekhov," Fears ").
This is how legends about ghost trains are often born. In this case, Anton Pavlovich, as a decent man, did not frighten the reader in vain and, in the end, honestly admitted that the carriage, which had flown past the protagonist in a dead night without visible traction force, simply unhooked from the train and, having dispersed downhill, went to an independent journey, inducing mystical horror with its appearance on late passers-by.
The explanation is simple and straightforward. But there are still many legends about ghost trains walking around the world, and most of it is much more difficult to comment on, if at all possible. We will now talk about such trains.
The world's first real railway (real - in the sense of the one along which not only goods, but also people were transported with the help of steam locomotives, but also people), connecting the towns of Darlington and Stockton (Great Britain), was opened in the fall of 1825. The local residents did not like this innovation terribly for very many, most often, mercantile reasons, and therefore, at the suggestion of the local population, even then the wildest and most ridiculous rumors began to spread about railway transport.
Let's just say that not all wishes for steam engines (like any other innovation) were rosy. Most often, the first railway trains, along with rails and sleepers, wanted to fall through the earth, go to hell, perish in fiery hell, and so on.
For almost a century, the higher powers did not pay special attention to these curses. Only in 1911, whether the level of hatred for railway transport reached a critical point, or the very first angry human screams did reach the addressee, but it happened! On July 14, 1911, the three-car passenger train, leaving the station in Rome, did not arrive at the destination and did not return. There was no catastrophe, no fatalities or wounded. The train just disappeared.
Eyewitnesses claim that when the train approached a mountain tunnel in Lombardy, a thick, choking fog formed around the train. Several passengers, sensing something was wrong, managed to leave the cars (from their words, this story was recorded), the remaining 100-odd people, including the drivers, drove into the tunnel wrapped in fog. The train did not come out from the back side. And when the fog cleared, it turned out that the tunnel was empty.
But the story did not end there. A few years later, the missing train, apparently, showed up in … Mexico. Evidence of this is the diaries of the Mexican psychiatrist Jose Saxino. In them, he writes that he personally observed a hundred Italians in a local psychiatric hospital, who claimed that they had all arrived in Mexico on … a Roman train.
The Italians have never been seen again and their fate is unknown. But the ghost train itself was repeatedly met at railway stations in Europe, Britain, Russia and Scandinavia. The most surprising fact of its appearance was recorded in the Crimea. There, the train went along the embankment, from which the rails were removed long ago.
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In September 1989, the Astrakhan psychic E.Frenkel decided to use his abilities to stop the freight train. Seeing how the man stepped onto the rails, the driver hit the brakes. But it was too late.
Composition from Boyarka
In addition to stories about the mysterious Italian three-car guest, legends about other ghost trains began to multiply in the world. The most famous among them are: Abraham Lincoln's funeral train, still traveling through New York, Hitler's special train, which disappeared at the end of World War II on its way from the Fuehrer's Polish headquarters to Berlin, and many others.
In the former USSR, there are also such mystical means of transportation, for example, a narrow-gauge freight train, which occasionally appears at the Boyarka station (Ukraine).
This legend arose thanks to Ostrovsky's novel How the Steel Was Tempered. It was here, in Boyarka, that the Komsomol members of the 1920s, in the slush and cold, under the bullets of bandits, built a narrow-gauge railway about six kilometers long, so that firewood cut in the forest could be brought to the station.
The narrow-gauge railway was built, and it honestly served its purpose. Subsequently, it was dismantled, but local residents claim that they met in the places where it passed, the ghost of a train carrying firewood with a driver in Budenovka.
Do researchers of various phenomena have an idea of where ghost trains come from (and where do they disappear)? Of course there is, and more than one.
The most popular theory is about time lapses. The story of a passenger train that disappeared in Italy and appeared in Mexico fits perfectly into it. How else can you explain the "travel" of the train across the Atlantic?
The same trains that do not wander the world, but with enviable regularity (sometimes even corresponding to some unknown schedule) appear in the same places, rather, belong to the category of phantoms. It has been repeatedly noticed that human emotions, splashed out by a powerful wave in one place, sooner or later acquire a form, albeit inanimate, but visible to the eye. It is enough to re-read the chapter of the book “How the Steel Was Tempered”, dedicated to the construction of the ill-fated narrow-gauge railway, to understand what a storm of emotions - fear, pain, determination, selflessness, anger - swept through several kilometers of a fairly ordinary construction project on a national scale. It is not surprising that the Komsomol narrow-gauge railway responded with the appearance of a phantom train.
On the other hand, I would like to note that, from our point of view, the most promising places for the materialization of ghost trains are precisely the abandoned or destroyed “Construction of the century”. Suffice it to recall at least the "dead road" of Salekhard-Igarka - about a thousand kilometers of railway tracks, laid in the 50s of the last century, but never used. Dead rails, deserted, destroyed stations - this is where the expanse of ghosts and phantoms on wheels! But that is another story.