Ghost Stories

Phantom Train Wreck

A North Carolina Ghost Story 

retold by

S. E. Schlosser

The passengers were grumpy and heavy-eyed as they boarded the train in Salisbury during the early morning of August 27, 1891. The train was headed to Asheville, and the riders settled into their seats and tried to catch a few more minutes of sleep.

Around three a.m., the passengers were suddenly awakened by suddenly bucking and rocking of the train. The engineer fought for control as the passenger train raced across the stone-and-brick Bostian Bridge near Statesville, but the train suddenly derailed. The chug and whoosh of the rushing train was replaced by the scream of metal and the sounds of the huge train falling, falling down towards the creek bed sixty feet below the bridge. The horrible thunder of the train as it smashed into the stream was quickly replaced by the equally terrible sound of trapped passengers screaming and moaning in agony as the twisted wreckage of the train was encompassed by the waters of the creek. Twenty-two people were killed that night in the worst train wreck in the history of North Carolina.

Fifty years to the day after the wreck, a woman waiting by her stranded car near the Bostian Bridge in the early morning hours of August 27 saw a train come rushing down the track, its head light gleaming brightly in the darkness and the whistle blowing. As it raced across the bridge, it suddenly derailed, screaming its way down and down sixty feet to smash into the creek bed below. The woman was terrified. She ran toward the wrecked train and gazed down into the creek. She could hear the frantic cries and agonized moans of the survivors.

At that moment, a car pulled up beside her stranded vehicle and her husband jumped out, followed by the owner of a local store who had come to help them fix their flat tire. She ran towards them in a frenzy, desperate to get help down to the poor trapped passengers below. When they heard her story, the men ran to the edge and looked down into the creek bed. There was nothing there. The woman had seen the train wreck of Statesville re-enacted before her eyes.

Some people say the phantom train appears each year in the early morning hours of August 27th and is wrecked before the eyes of any who watch for it.

 

You can read more North Carolina ghost stories in Spooky South by S.E. Schlosser.

 

Comments

wow the story was weird

I would like to know the exact location of where the train was.

Just this morning around 2:00 on Aug. 27th 2010 a man and woman came to bostian's bridge to watch the re-enacment but an actual train came killing the man and critically injuring the woman.

Someone was killed yesterday (8/27/10) on the anniversary of the wreck, they were out ghost hunting.

We went to the sight of the train wreck on its anaversery and we almost didnt make it out alive. It was a scary experience! But it was a frightening thing for a Father and Daughter to do together but I'll never forget it!

WOW that sucks that someone got killed. I can't wait to go watch this thing happen...but of course I won't stand on the tracks and watch it. :)

OMG thats where i live

we play the song that describes this song its slow then fast then slow again
PHANTOM TRAIN

OMG. That's the day of my birthday.

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