- Dozens of train passengers have reported having spooky experiences at rail stations across the UK
- Spooky encounters include a screaming woman at King’s Cross and a growling dog in Moulsecoomb
- Some railway workers have resorted to quitting their jobs because of continual supernatural sightings
With shadowy lighting, mechanical noises whirring and long corridor-like platforms, it’s easy to feel a little uneasy when waiting for a train at the station after dark.
And it appears dozens of travellers have had spooky experiences around the rail tracks, with reports of spine-chilling apparitions patrolling lines.
From a screaming woman at King’s Cross, London, to a growling dog in Moulsecoomb, Sussex, here’s a round-up of some of the most haunted train stations across the country…
Boo-tiful scenery: From a screaming woman at King’s Cross, London, to a growling dog in Moulsecoomb, Sussex, MailOnline Travel has put together a round-up of some of the most haunted train stations across the country
King’s Cross, London
Cosmopolitan ghoul: The first sighting of a frightening female apparition at King’s Cross was in 1988
Who or what: A cosmopolitan young woman with long brown hair wearing modern clothing is said to walk the corridors of one of London’s busiest stations.
The lady is said to scream loudly with arms outstretched – but when people come to her aid, she disappears into thin air.
The first sighting of this frightening apparition was in 1988 and the infamous King’s Cross fire of 1987 is believed to be the cause of these supernatural incidents.
Covent Garden, London
Theatrical touch: Covent Garden’s Tube station has been the site of eerie goings-on for over half a century
Who or what: Covent Garden’s Tube station has been the site of eerie goings-on for over half a century, with numerous witnesses claiming to have spotted a tall man in a hat, coat and gloves stalking the dark tunnels of the Underground (and even the staff rest room).
The menacing spectre has provoked numerous Tube workers into requesting a transfer.
Many claim the scary figure bears an uncanny resemblance to actor William Terris, who was murdered in 1897 at the nearby Strand.
Paws for thought: Travellers at Moulsecoomb station claim to hear a dog panting and growling when there is no animal there
Who or what: Travellers at Moulsecoomb station claim to hear a dog panting and growling when there is no animal there.
Stories about the ‘hell hound’ date back almost several decades, and have even made it into the popular book Brighton Ghosts and Hove Hauntings.
The terrifying beast is also detailed in the book Bizarre Brighton, by Christopher Horlock.
Bolton Street, Lancashire
Eerie feeling: The waiting room at Bury Bolton Street station in Lancashire is said to be haunted by a hooded ghoul
Who or what: The waiting room at Bury Bolton Street station in Lancashire is said to be haunted by a hooded ghoul.
In 2007, a local man took a photograph of his grandson waiting for a train, but later found the youngster was joined by a ghostly figure when the image was developed.
Since then, word has spread that the commuter hub might be haunted.
Grand exterior: Carlisle railway station, which was built in 1847 for £53,000, has a series of rooms said to be haunted
Who or what: Carlisle railway station, which was built in 1847 for £53,000, has a series of rooms said to be haunted.
It’s rumoured that a headless man roams Platform 8 a while a veiled woman lurks in the undercroft.
Virgin Trains, who operate at the station, employed a paranormal consultant to investigate the situation in 2014 after a succession of station masters found it impossible to work in many of the station’s ‘spooky’ offices.
New Street, Birmingham
Grim history: New Street station is deemed one of Birmingham’s most haunted sites, with four platform suicides
Who or what: New Street station is deemed one of Birmingham’s most haunted sites.
Four people have committed suicide on platform four, and commuters have reported seeing their spirits over the years.
One ghost is that of Walter Hartles, who shot himself at the age of 68, while another is called Claude – a dapper man dressed up in Victorian garb.
The occupants of a Jewish Cemetery that was dug-up when the station was built in 1848 are also said to haunt the area.
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Bad reputation: Built in the late 1800s, Leamington Spa station is reputedly one of the most haunted places in Britain
Who or what: Built in the late 1800s, Leamington Spa station is reputedly one of the most haunted places in Britain, with both commuters and station staff reporting supernatural incidents.
One of the haunted areas is a disused basement on platform three, which has a partially blocked off staircase that seemingly leads to nowhere.
The other area is the upstairs office building where staff regularly see and hear things including doors slamming and electrical equipment turning on and off.
The station even employed a Supernatural Liaison Officer as their specialist ‘ghost hunter’ in a bid to ‘cleanse’ the area.
Balcombe Tunnel, Sussex
Coming through! The Balcombe tunnel running between Balcombe and Three Bridges in West Sussex was built between 1838 and 1841 and is said to be haunted by the ghosts of three World War I soldiers
Who or what: The Balcombe tunnel running between Balcombe and Three Bridges in West Sussex was built between 1838 and 1841.
Its creepy history started in 1881 when Precy Lefroy Mapleton dumped the body of Isaac Frederick Gold in the tunnel.
Years later, during World War I, three soldiers took cover in the tunnel during a bombing raid where they were tragically killed by a London to Brighton express train.
Their ghosts were said to have haunted soldiers during World War II, when they hid in the tunnel under similar circumstances.
York Road, Belfast
Strange sightings: Commuters reported seeing a strange person sitting in the locked canteen at night at York Road station in Belfast
Who or what: York Road station in Belfast, which closed in 1992, made the press during the 1970s when a worker was killed during a bungled robbery.
Over the years, commuters reported seeing a strange person sitting in the locked canteen at night.
Night staff also reported hearing footsteps in the area when nobody was present.
The Box Tunnel, Somerset
Into the dark: The Box Tunnel between Bath and Chippenham has been the source of many a creepy rumour over the years
Who or what: The Box Tunnel between Bath and Chippenham has been the source of many a creepy rumour over the years.
In 2011 four night workers heard the cries of a woman at the mouth of the east exit.
When one man shone his torch into the distance the group reportedly saw a woman in a nightdress. Just as they spotted the ghostly figure, she then vanished.
When the men reported the sighting, they were told the same figure had previously been seen by a group of six men.
Clayton Tunnel, East Sussex
Supernatural setting: The Gothic castle-like building at the mouth of the Clayton Tunnel, which runs between Hassocks and Preston Park, already sets a spooky scene
Who or what: The Gothic castle-like building at the mouth of the Clayton Tunnel, which runs between Hassocks and Preston Park, already sets a spooky scene.
Since a fatal rail crash in 1862, there have apparently been reports of screams and the sound of crunching metal emanating from this tunnel.
It’s said Charles Dickens may have partly based his story The Signal-Man on the tragic accident.
Hyde Park Corner Underground, London
Unexplained: Two Tube workers reported strange goings on at Hyde Park Corner Tube station one morning in 1978
Who or what: Early one morning in 1978 two members of staff were reportedly shocked to see an escalator working despite there being a full power outage.
When they went to investigate what was happening, one worker collapsed in a state of shock after apparently seeing a strange face.
The other Tube attendant was said to have felt the air turn cold and it was so chilly, he could see his breath in front of him.
Aldwych Underground, London
Skeletal: Aldwych Station Tube has featured in numerous films and it is occasionally used for parties and private tours
Who or what: Opened in 1907 as Strand Station, Aldwych Station was closed during World War II and its tunnels were used as air raid shelters and to store treasures from the British Museum including the Elgin Marbles.
It reopened after the war but closed on September 30, 1994, due to the high price of refurbishing the lifts.
As it was built on the site of the old Royal Strand Theatre, staff reported seeing the ghost of an actress who once trod the boards at the demolished playhouse.
The eerie Tube station has featured in numerous films and it is occasionally used for parties and private tours.
Lots of tales to tell: Torrington railway station was closed by British Rail in 1965 and later converted into a public house
Who or what: Torrington railway station was closed by British Rail in 1965 and later converted into a public house.
Guests at the train-themed Puffing Billy restaurant and B&B have reported ghostly encounters and hearing strange noises.
It’s believed the site is haunted by two ghosts. Station master Albert Ernest Willcocks and his wife Mary moved to Torrington Station in 1909, but Mary died in the building in 1914. Albert stayed on at the building until retiring in 1926.
Haunting: Locals report that a child was killed on the tracks at Entwistle station in Lancashire during World War I
Who or what: Locals report that a child was killed on the tracks at Entwistle station in Lancashire during the World War I.
A ghostly figure of the same boy was apparently spotted repeatedly after the tragic accident.
He was commonly seen running through the fields next to the station, with people believing he was in search of his friends.
Ashton Moss, Lancashire
Uneasy feel: On the outskirts of Manchester, Ashton Moss – now a tram station – had no history of ghost sightings until 1975
Who or what: On the outskirts of Manchester, Ashton Moss – now a tram station – had no history of ghost sightings until 1975, when a signalman spotted a mysterious figure in one of the signal boxes.
According to Party Casino, the shadowy man disappeared suddenly, only to reappear the same time next week on one of the train lines. This time around he was spotted by two signalmen.
Once again he disappeared in an instant, and this time he never returned – it has been suggested that it was the ghost of someone killed on the line years previously.
North Road, Durham
Open to all: The former North Road station now houses the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum
Who or what: The former North Road station now houses the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum. The visitor centre includes a third-class carriage built in 1865.
There have been several sightings of a young girl dressed in a Victorian costume sitting inside the carriage.
Staff members have also claimed to have heard strange noises coming from the cart late at night, including the sound of a child singing and laughing. Upon investigation, the carriage has always appeared empty.
Life-long career: A grey figure – believed to be the ghost of a former train driver – has been seen around the now-demolished Addiscombe Railway Station
Who or what: The legend of the Addiscombe Railway Station ghost dates back all the way to the early 20th century, when a train driver was reportedly killed on the line.
One worker witnessed a grey figure walking from the sheds, the apparition’s face blurred. The sounds of machinery being moved at night were also reported, though the buildings were locked.
The south east London-area station was demolished in 2001 to make way for a new tramline but the ghost has since been spotted in the area.
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