Ghost train (folklore)

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This article is about paranormal phenomena involving locomotives and trains. For other uses, see Ghost train (disambiguation).

Ghost train refers to a phantom vehicle in the form of a locomotive or train.


Popular culture[edit]

Ghost Train is the name of numerous plays, films, TV series and episodes, albums, songs, and other creative works. Notable examples are listed at Ghost train (disambiguation).

  • The Ghost Train (play) was written in 1923 by playwright and actor Arnold Ridley. Based on the author's personal experience during a rail journey, it was a popular success. Ridley later went on to appear as a regular in the cult situation comedy, Dads Army
  • In Enid Blyton's 1948 Famous Five book Five Go Off to Camp, mysterious "spook trains" are exposed as a cover used by criminals.[4] The story was subsequently adapted for television[5] and radio.
  • The 1989 film Ghostbusters II features the Ghostbusters encountering a ghost train in the subway system of New York City while investigating the paranormal pink ooze underground.
  • The beginning of the 1997 direct-to-video comedy-drama fantasy film Casper: A Spirited Beginning is set on a "death train" bound for Ghost Central Station.[6]
  • In the 1996 Hey Arnold! episode "Haunted Train"
  • A few various Halloween themed episodes of Thomas & Friends feature some ghost trains in them, but they're just mainly made by the engines' imaginations and in some stories about them they tell.


  1. ^ af Klintberg, Bengt, Råttan i pizzan. Stockholm: Norstedts Förlag, 1992. ISBN 91-1-893831-0
  2. ^ Yanko, Dave. "Mystery Solved?". Virtual Saskatchewan. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Abe Lincoln's Ghost Train". HallowFreaks. Archived from the original on Oct 5, 2006. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Five Go Off to Camp by Enid Blyton
  5. ^ The Famous Five - Five Go Off to Camp (TV episode 1996) - IMDb
  6. ^ Casper: A Spirited Beginning