Ghost Trains – Chilled The Very Marrow In My Bones

On Friday, October 21st, 2011, in Holiday, Railroading, TV, Film, & Radio, by Al Gengler
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Prologue

It is only fitting during the autumnal haunting season to take a look at the remains of once proud locomotives, these legends of the rails, moving off to be given up as scrap. Ghosts Trains, never ever to be seen again.

We have all heard the strange Halloween stories of haunted trains from the famous Lincoln funeral train to the ghostly specters seen at a remote railroad crossing in the state of  Texas. Trains, locomotives and railroads do lend themselves well as the background  for scary boogieman stories, and they tend to produce vivid lyrics for hard pounding country-western traveling music.

Here are some of these spooky railroading images as sung up by Hank Snow.

Hank Snow

            Ghost Trains

It was early in the fall and a blowin’ up a squall
From the trestle you could hear the weirdest moans
With a mighty lonesome cry came a whistle from the sky
And it chilled the very marrow in my bones
Then a loud rushing roar like you never heard before
Turned the blood to icy water in my veins
As I watched with rising fear something strange was drawing near
And I saw in the clouds Ghost Trains

(Ghost Trains Ghost Trains what a fearful sight)
The Cannonball and No 9 were racing through the night
Just as they passed me by I heard the engineer cry
Give her coal give her coal shovel it on
You could see the fireman grinning in the engine that was winning
But I knew before the finish they’d be gone
(Well he knew before the fisnish they’d be gone)

 

You could see the drivers roll as they shovelled on the coal
And the black smoke came pouring from the stacks
As they thundered through the sky I am here to testify
You could hear the wheels a clickin’ on the tracks
Through the smoke and the steam you could see the headlights gleam
Now I have no proof but still the fact remains
You may doubt it but I swear there were cinders in my hair
When I saw in the clouds Ghost Trains

Ghost Train - Shoveling On The Coal

(Ghost Trains Ghost Trains what a fearful sight)
The Cannonball and No 9 were racing through the night
Just as they passed me by I heard the engineer cry
Give her coal give her coal shovel it on
You could see the fireman grinning in the engine that was winning
As I watched I saw them fade into the dawn
(As he watched he saw them fade into the dawn)

 

                                                 

         Epilogue

Somethings strange here. Clanking and groaning the two steam locomotives seen in the film are being mysteriously  moved along  without power on an abandoned  track near the Wolsztyn Steam Depot in Powodow, Poland.

These eerie, broken, rusted hulks are a sad and lonely testament to their former glory. They no longer thunder along the rails under full steam. Now they are just Ghost Trains, destination, unknown.

Wait a minute…was that a spectral engineer peering out of the  broken side curtain on the second engine?

 

 

 

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