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Train Conductors Describe The Creepiest Things They've Seen

Updated March 23, 2020 112.5k votes 21.4k voters 7.6m views19 items

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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.

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    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.

    Is this creepy?
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    Railroad Workers Try To Comfort Crying Woman

    From Redditor /u/a_jill_sandwich:

    My dad was an engineer for a while. He was working at a station one day and there was a woman crying on one of the benches. A few of the staff asked if she was okay or needed help, but she completely ignored them. 

    Next thing they knew, she threw herself in front of one of the express trains. They were finding pieces of her as far as the next station along.

    Is this creepy?
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    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.

    Is this creepy?
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    Conductor Sees Mysterious Man In Trench Coat

    From Redditor /u/greenlantern33:

    Conductor here. One time in the middle of the night in the middle of winter (10 degrees and a foot of snow on the ground) my train went into emergency. I had to walk the length of the train to see what the problem was. The train was right in the middle of a very small town.

    As I'm walking by one of the houses on the outskirts of this town, I see a guy standing in the driveway about 50 feet from me, wearing a trench coat and a sock hat type thing. The first thing that struck me as odd is that it was way too cold to be wearing just a trench coat. I shine my lantern on the guy, wave, and say 'Hi.' Nothing. The guy doesn't even move.

    I continue walking past the guy to the end [of] the train while looking back very often. I get to the end, turn around and head back. I get back to the house where this guy is standing and he is still there in the same place in the same position. I don't even say anything this time. I just speed walk back to the head of the train. The next day I'm taking a train back home during the day. I'm paying special attention to this house as we go by it. There is nothing there. The drive isn't shoveled. Nothing is there that could have been mistaken for a guy in a trench coat. I have since been by this house dozens of times and I have never seen a car parked there, or a light on or anything at all.

    Is this creepy?
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