Trains have been an integral part of civilized society for over 200 years. The railways open 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 road (or track) kill, 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 dead of night? Needless to say, there are plenty of opportunities for strange, sometimes unexplainable events to occur.
Woman jumps infront of train, recovered body looks like a different person
"I am a freight conductor. We hit a young lady walking between the two main tracks at like five in the morning. That sucks- and dead bodies are creepy on their own, 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."
Man sees ghost of crash victim walking away from the derailment
"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."
Dog's head mounted on crucifix pops up next to isolated tracks
"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."
Train hits deer; man in camo shows up to butcher it
"I worked on the signaling for the light rail system in Pittsburgh. We would do all of our testing late at night, after revenue hours. Lots of wildlife around the tracks. As we were moving along at about 50 mph, a whitetail deer jumps out onto the tracks, and we clobber the poor thing. The engineer doesn't hesitate, gets on the radio, and tells central control to call Hannibal Lecter, and gives the milepost. I look at him sideways, but he doesn't explain. We continue our run into the city, turnaround, and head back out the same way. As we come up on the site where we hit the deer there is a guy in full camouflage on the side of the railroad, butchering the carcass, with a big pile of steaming deer guts next to the track (did I mention it was about 15 degrees F and snowing)? Engineer gives a toot on the horn and we continue with our run..."