Readers Tales and Comments:
used to live in Seguin,
Texas. I know
many dispute the legend of the railroad track ghosts. However, I was
witness to one very indisputable event there in my late teens, early 20s.
Personally, I don't think a tow degree declination is enough to push a
3600 pound car (2 tons with passengers) over those tracks with no starting
afternoon, I had gone to the railroad tracks with a few friends. After
having drove over the tracks a couple of times, we were chatting with some
visitors who had already taken a Lincoln Continental (2.5 tons +) over the
tracks once. They were a husband and wife, and a visitor from Mexico, who
didn't believe the event, accusing the husband, who was driving, of making
the car roll. So, the husband and wife got out let their Mexican
visitor take the wheel for himself.
by Carol M.Highsmith, 2005.
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They staged the Lincoln about five yards
back from the tracks, with the engine shut off. With their
visitor in the driver's seat, the car suddenly began to scream and
slamming on the brakes. However, he could not stop the car
until it completed its crossing of the tracks! He had also tried
putting the transmission in park, but it still sped forward! I've
never seen anyone so terrified. Once the car finally stopped, he
jumped out, still screaming and shouting in Spanish, then demanded
that his hosts take him back to his hotel, stating further that he was
leaving and was never coming back!
I once went over in my 1968 Firebird convertible with a new parakeet
in the car. The bird had been chirping happily, until we staged the
vehicle for the tracks, when suddenly his chirping was completely
silenced. It wasn't until we left the area that he began to chirp
Once, when I used the baby powder on my car, I had multiple small hand
prints and one set of adult-sized hand prints. But, these hand prints
did not belong to me -- they were larger than mine, but smaller than
my husband's. I had had no children anywhere around my car
previously and was extremely meticulous about the appearance of my
car. Also, all the prints were either on the bumper (small prints) or
the ridge of the trunk (adult & more small). The bumper is too low for
most people to place their hands for anything other than pushing and
all prints were with the fingertips pointed up, unlike if someone just
touches the back of a car (usually if they're sitting on the trunk or
opening the trunk lid). When one washes their car with dish soap, oils
from hands is removed, so no prints will remain.
Personally, I think the "experts" are
"debunking" the myth so that people stop coming to the ghost tracks.
The area has developed considerably since my visits, with a number of
nearby residences. When I went, it was "countryside" near an
industrial area. Also, the targeting criminals probably live nearby;
kids/teens. If their debunking helps divert unwelcome visitors, more
power to them. However, I know the tracks myth is real!
Incidentally, I never went over the tracks
with the engine running, unlike most who try this. Timeframe of my
experiences there was mid 1970s to 1981.
Whether or not a bus did
get struck by a train there, there is something psychic in the
area. I personally think the spirits there go much farther back in history
than the use of buses. Was there an orphanage there once? Did someone once
stall there in a vehicle after the tracks were laid and got killed? Those
are the questions the debunkers should be researching. -- Myrene, Hawaii,
Reader's Comments: Probably
someone has thought of this, but for the tiny hand prints that come on the
trunks of the cars, here's an idea. Putting a cam coder or 8mm camera on
the car, aiming at the baby powder (that is put on earlier) to actually
see if the hand prints appear while the car is being pushed over the
tracks. I've seen different stories about this (on Discovery Channel,
etc,) but no one has tried putting a camera on the car when this occurs. -
Rich, October, 2005