Train Conductors Describe The Creepiest Things They've Seen

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Vote up the stories that scare you away from that train conducting course you were contemplating.

Trains have been an integral part of civilized society for over 200 years. The railways opened up a whole new world for shipping, travel, agriculture, and leisure. These beast-like machines are still in large part operated by human beings, and those people have seen some things.

Railroad workers took to Reddit to share stories of the creepiest moments they experienced on the job. There are the inevitable stories of roadkill and some that will make your skin crawl.

There is something inherently creepy about trains. Long stretches of track completely segregated from the rest of society, often operating in the middle of the night? Needless to say, there are plenty of opportunities for strange, sometimes unexplainable events to occur.

Photo: Jarle "Speedemon08" Dixon / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

  • 1
    10,983 VOTES

    Woman Jumps In Front Of Train, Recovered Body Looks Like A Different Person

    From Redditor /u/jd428jd:

    I am a freight conductor. We hit a young lady walking between the two main tracks at like five in the morning. That sucks... but the craziest part was that I thought we hit two different people. The woman that I saw was white, heavy set, and in her late 40s. she was walking toward the train leaning out in front of us. When myself and the brakeman walked back to find the woman, what we found did not match what I had seen.

    She did not go under the train, so she was mostly in one piece. We found a Latina woman who was very thin. I later found out she was in her early 20s. Now I thought I was crazy, but the brakeman started asking me if we had hit two people, and described the woman in her 40s the same as I had seen her. Needless to say we only hit one person.

    He and I were convinced that this young girl was possessed by some evil entity. The face I saw before we hit her still pops into my mind occasionally; it was evil, twisted and full of pain.

    10,983 votes
  • 2
    8,524 VOTES

    Man Sees Ghost Of Crash Victim Walking Away From Derailment

    From Redditor /u/AwayWeThrow504:

    My dad, who is a no-nonsense man, came home one night after a derailment and was white as a sheet. He told my mom he met a man walking away from the derailment, which was in the middle of the woods. He didn't think it was too weird, because some people check out wrecks and derailments.

    Anyway, my dad gets to the derailment. The cause of the derailment was a truck had been hit, and then pushed by the engine. Now, none of this is weird until my dad sees the deceased man in the truck... it looked like a beat up version of the man he saw on the way to the derailment.

    8,524 votes
  • 3
    7,623 VOTES

    Dog's Head Mounted On Crucifix Pops Up Next To Isolated Tracks

    From Redditor /u/sittinonastump:

    Creepiest thing I ever saw was in West Philly. Someone cut a pitbull's head off and stuck it on sticks in the shape of a cross beside the track. They stuffed fruit and flowers in the body where the head was and spread flowers around it.

    There was an unlit candle at the base of the cross. Looked like some f*cked up voodoo sh*t.

    7,623 votes
  • 4
    6,159 VOTES

    People Tie Unwanted Pets To Tracks To Be Killed

    From Redditor /u/choochoocharles:

    The saddest thing I see quite often is people tie dogs to the tracks, like fight and bait dogs. To anyone that does that, get f*cked. I can deal with a lot, but hitting a creature that is stuck on the tracks against their own will bothers me.

    6,159 votes
  • 5
    5,465 VOTES

    Wild Dogs Keep Running In Front Of Train To Nibble On The Corpse That Was Lodged Under It

    From Redditor /u/nawniemaria:

    My dad works on the trains in Northern California. quite a few years ago, the foreman of the shop told him to check out the underside of the train and clear any debris, wild dogs frequently get hit by the trains and can sometimes cause problems. a few minutes with a flashlight and my dad sees part of a skull with long brown hair attached.

    Turns out the train had hit [someone] from a nearby homeless camp that had passed out on the tracks and the wild dogs kept getting hit because they were eating the poor bastard.

    5,465 votes
  • 6
    4,663 VOTES

    Train Runs Over Corpse That Was Just Hit By A Previous Train

    From Redditor /u/5ptBRO:

    I think finding a body that was hit by a previous train might have been the creepiest. I've hit a few cars and people before but I never had to go back and look (that's the conductor's job). The person we found wasn't really identifiable as a human being, just a pile of meat.

    What gave it away were the scraps of clothing mixed into the pile.

    4,663 votes