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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia has a tale about a ghost story on a site now partially destroyed by an inner-city bypass. The site is locally famous for an event in November 1965, when local children went ghost hunting. The group heard about a ghost in a tunnel beneath the rail line bordering Victoria Park. The explorers hoped to catch a glimpse and off they went.

One of the boys fell behind and as he paused into the tunnel he was caught up in a weird event. An armless, legless and headless misty-green thing floated his way and he was mesmerised, his friends dragged him back to the nearby Royal Brisbane Hospital and they thought he had somehow been possessed by the strange green ghost. The sensational story made it into the headlines the next day.

For a while after, thousands of people went to the tunnel, all hoping for a glimpse of the bizarre. It was a talking point in Brisbane and an opportunity for some to undertake a family outing. Bizarrely the events led to all sorts of rubbish appearing in the nearby lake. Oil drums, broken furniture and rubbish were set alight to try to bring the spectre out. One man even turned up with a flame-thrower! He made people stand clear of the tunnel mouth, he planned to force the thing from it’s slumber.

The events went on for a week before a local paper printed what they called the answer to the riddle. A long exposure shot of the tunnel showed a strange mist might be gasses from rotting vegetables, but some say that this doesn’t explain the sightings from 1903, 1922 and 1932. It seems though that the ghost, if it’s there, hasn’t been sighted since.

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The pneumatic railway was built near Crystal Palace in South London, around 1864 and was effectively a vacuum-driven train that ran for about a year. The power came from a giant steam-powered fan and the fan was reversed for the return journey where the carriage used brakes at each end. Remnants of the tunnel were uncovered around 1992 in the Crystal Palace Gardens.

In 1978, 19 year old Pamela Goodsell claimed she had found the tunnel and within it was an old railway carriage. Her story also included the bizarre details that the occupants were in the train still and were skeletons still dressed in their Victorian garb. The tunnel however was not found at that stage, some believe it was destroyed by construction work in 1911 for the Festival of Empire celebrations. The celebrations were to celebrate the coronation of King George V.

The story may have more origins as a creepy tale in the 1930’s from local school children, the exact origin of the story does not seem to have been found however. The children’s tale says the tunnel was shut down as a commuter train was trapped when the tunnel collapsed. The local tale goes that they couldn’t get out the train or the passengers and so walled it up with the souls left trapped inside. From looking around on the internet if there ever was a train there then it was more likely retrieved and used for scrap not left buried with people inside.

I cannot help but think it’s more likely a themed ride at Disney than an actual event! It makes for a good story… but I am going to go with urban legend on this one.

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I am not entirely sure that this would count for my “paranormal” but it’s surely an interesting story, regarding mass death and indeed about the general events. And a slightly creepy aftermath…

 11th November, 2000 saw the disaster in the tunnel of Gletscherbahn Kaprun 2 funicular, Austria, claim the lives of 155 people, it left only 12 survivors from the burning train. They were 10 Germans and 2 Austrians, the train was carrying skiers on their way to the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier.

 The train service opened in 1947, and was modernized in 1993. There were two trains that worked simultaneously taking passengers up and down. The train could carry up to 180 passenfers, There were no smoke detectors on board, as it was felt (by Professor Joseph Nejez) that fires could not be an issue on the train. Oh how wrong was he!?

 161 passengers and one conductor boarded the train and the electric fan heater in the unattended cabin at the lower end of the train caught fire. The fire melted the fluid in the brake system, the train then halted unexpectedly 600 meters into the tunnel as a built in safety feature. The passengers had begun to try and get out of the train, 12 people left on the advice of a former firefighter there.

 By the time all this was coming to light, people were already unconscious thanks to the toxic fumes, and the conductor was unable to open any further doors. Those trapped inside were taken out by the smoke, and eventually the fire itself. Two fleeing workers from the Alpine Center mistakenly left their exit doors adding fuel to the situation, of four that tried to escape the center they were only able to save one.

 The furnicular was not opened again, instead it was replaced by a gondola lift and the stations were abandoned. The tunnels have been sealed and remain unused to this day, with the victims of the disaster that they could not fully recover left in a bizarre and macabre grave.

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