10 Most Haunted Railway Stations In The UK
The UK's rail network is the oldest in the world, first opening in 1825 and is the fifth most used train service in the world, with so many journeys and so much history, it's no surprised that many stations are said to be haunted.
Below are ten train stations that have a haunted reputation, they've been ranked in order of the number of reported sightings and the highest number of unique hauntings.
Narrowing down the ten most haunted station in the country is a tricky challenge as many rail station across the UK are reported to be haunted including, York Road Railway Station in Belfast, Moulsecoomb Railway Station in Brighton, North Road Railway Station in Darlington, Middlesbrough Railway Station in Yorkshire, St. Thomas Railway Station in Exeter and Penmere Station in Cornwall, to name just a few.
10. Norwich Railway Station, Norfolk
We start our list at Norwich station, which was originally named Norwich Thorpe and has been helping the people of Norfolk get around the county and into London since 1844. The station has one of the strangest tales of the supernatural associated with it, not the ghost of a human, but an aggressive entity in the form of rat-like creature with large teeth.
9. Keynsham Railway Station, Somerset
Keynsham station is on the Great Western Main Line in that serves London Paddington, the station lies between Bath and Bristol is said to be haunted by a phantom locomotive. Railway staff and passengers say they have seen the train pass silently through the station on many occasions. Some have even said that the train's driver was visible in the cab with a concerned expression on his face.
8. Shrewsbury Railway Station, Shropshire
Built in 1848, Shrewsbury train station is now a Grade II listed building and it's said to have two paranormal hotspots. It's at the entrance from Castle Street and platform three that the ghost of a local councillor has been seen either sitting or standing, seemingly waiting for a train. It said that he was killed when part of the roof collapsed and landed on him.
7. High Wycombe Railway Station, Buckinghamshire
Chiltern Railways station on the main line between Beaconsfield and Saunderton is said to be haunted by they ghostly sound of footsteps. Staff have reported hearing the disembodied footsteps walking along the stone ballast that the tracks are laid on. Many staff are said to have gone to investigate the sound, suspecting someone was trespassing on the lines, but no one is ever found and the footsteps continue.
6. Yeovil Junction Railway Station, Somerset
Yeovil Junction Railway Station was opened in 1860 on the London to Exeter line, it is said to be haunted by the ghost of a female station worked named Molly. It's thought that she work in the railway restaurant during the 1960s and died on one of the platforms. Ever since her ghost has been blamed when items are moved around and electrical devices seemingly switch themselves on and off.
5. Birmingham New Street Railway Station, West Midlands
Birmingham New Street is a major transport hub and the busiest of the three main railway stations in the city, it said that throughout its more than 160 year history, four people have committed suicide, all on platform four. Their ghosts are said to appear on the platform late at night and include the spirit of Walter Hartles, a retired train driver who shot himself and a Victorian man who goes by the name of Claude, who is said to have poisoned himself.
4. St. Pancras Railway Station, London
London's St. Pancras serves that capital with trains to Sheffield, Nottingham and Kent, as well as services to Europe via the Eurostar. The station is said to be haunted by poltergeist phenomena, workers at the Eurostar terminal reported strange happenings in a corridors that run parallel with Pancras Road. The activity includes doors opening and closing of their own accord and chairs that won't move when people try to push them, as if an unseen presence is sat there.
3. Leamington Spa Railway Station, Warwickshire
The present art deco-style station dates back to immediately prior to the Second World War and is well known as a paranormal hotspot, so much so that in 2014 Chiltern Railways appointed Nick Rees as that station's "supernatural liaison officer". It's been said that for year passengers travelling to and from the station have been plagued by ghosts. The most haunted areas include a disused basement on platform three and the upstairs of an office building where staff regularly see and hear things including doors slamming and electrical equipment turning on and off.
2. Carlisle Railway Station, Cumbria
This Grade II listed train station is a major hub on the West Coast Main Line and is home to many unexplained phenomenon. Station staff and passengers have reported several ghosts, including a headless man, the ghost of a little boy and the spirit of a woman who is always seen wearing a veil.
1. Crewe Railway Station, Cheshire
Crewe station opened in 1837 and is one of the most historically significant railway stations in the world, it is alleged to be so haunted that the former station manager, Sheila Breeze, recently described one area of the station as "not for the faint-hearted".
Throughout its 180 year history, there have been reports of the patter of a children's footsteps, a phantom cat and a there's said to be a general feeling of unease in the north subway near an old lift, that was rumoured to have once been used by Queen Victoria to access a secret private tunnel.
In 2014, Virgin Trains employed a paranormal consultant, Barri Ghai, to detect paranormal activity following the frequent reports of strange goings on. There have been so many tales of unexplained supernatural activity, that for a time the station ran official ghost tours.
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