If you’re hopping on the train come Halloween, be sure you’re sharing your carriage with ghouls of the fancy dress kind!
From sinister footsteps, to headless men and suicidal spectres, these haunted hubs will have you hot-footing it before you can utter the words ‘trick or treat?’
1. Leamington Spa
If nabbing a seat during rush hour is your biggest train woe, you might want to spare a thought for the commuters that travel via Leamington Spa station in Warwickshire.
The station, which was built in the late 1800s, has been plagued with so many spooky apparitions (think anything from slammed doors and unexplained footsteps) that, in 2014, Chiltern Railways recruited Nick Rees – a ‘supernatural liaison officer’ – to investigate all ghostly goings-on.
2. Covent Garden
With such a rich history, it’s hardly surprising that Covent Garden station has a few skeletons in its dusty old closet. One of the most infamous spectres – allegedly a tall man in a hat, coat and gloves – is believed to be the ghost of murdered 19th-century actor William Terriss.
Stabbed to death at the nearby Adelphi Theatre, Terriss’ persistent stalking has even resulted in current-day tube workers asking for a transfer.
3. North Road
North Road station in Darlington has long been noted as a hotbed of paranormal activity, thanks to a third-class, misused carriage that was built in 1865 and today sits on the far platform.
Not only have there been numerous sightings of a young Victorian girl seated in the cab, but staff closing the onsite museum have reported strange noises coming from the carriage, including a child singing and laughing, plus unsolved heavy knocking too.
You might be a ‘dog person’ – but chances are you’d draw the line at phantom mutts? As investigated in paranormal book, Brighton Ghosts and Hove Hauntings, the Sussex station of Moulsecoomb is said to be frequented by ‘hell hounds’ that stalk lone travellers late at night.
Reports, which date back more than 30 years, include tales of menacing panting and growling, as well as vanishing ghouls.
Once labelled the UK’s most haunted railway station, Carlisle’s strange and unexplainable happenings have long spooked staff and passengers. Mirroring something out of a horror film, rumour has it the base is home to a headless man, a veiled woman and the ghost of a little boy.
Two years ago, Virgin Trains even went as far to draft in Barri Ghai, founder of Ghostfinder Paranormal Society, to detect any creepy spirits – and put workers at ease.
6. Bethnal Green
As if the feeling of despair that runs through London Underground isn’t depressing enough, Bethnal Green’s corridors are also cursed with the tragic sounds of women and children screaming and sobbing.
One of the busiest air raid shelters during World War II, the East London station suffered one of the worst civilian disasters, whereby 173 people – 27 men, 84 women, and 62 children – were killed, many trampled underfoot, following the heavy bombing of German forces in 1943.
With 180 years of history behind it, Crewe station certainly has some stories to tell – many of which detail its spine-chilling haunts.
Once hailed ‘not for the faint-hearted’ by the station manager, the major railway junction has endured everything from inexplicable child footprints to phantom cats and a disturbing lift shaft – said to have been Queen Victoria’s main route to her private tunnel beneath the platforms. There’s so many tales, in fact, the station has even welcomed organised ghost tours.
8. New Street
If you ever catch yourself on platform 4 of Birmingham New Street station, in the early hours, a little bit of advice: keep yourself to yourself.
For your ‘fellow commuters’ may not be commuters at all. After four people committed suicide in the spot, rumour has it their spirits appear late at night – from Walter Hartles, a retired train driver who shot himself almost 80 years ago; to a dapper Victorian gent who goes by the name of Claude (and poisoned himself).
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