Multiple tracks are on the main East-West route of Conrail and Amtrak, along the path of the long gone
It was an exceptionally warm Saturday night in late October many years ago. Like every weekend before Halloween the local bars and taverns were filled with young people reveling in holiday costume parties, drinking until the wee hours of the morning. One private club , “The Queen’s Pawn” was always the scene of the most extravagant and popular pre-Halloween parties. With a grand prize of $100 for the best costume and a guarantee of scantily clad coeds from the local sororities trying to win that prize it was always standing room only.
Holly wasn’t one of those girls though. She was a popular, beautiful and modest twenty something who worked as a hostess at a local restaurant. Her perfect costume was a Wedding Gown, for she was engaged to be married the following year. Her fiancé accompanied her dressed as a Groom wearing a tuxedo. During the evening the couple drank and danced the night away until the early morning. Tipsy and tired Holly and her fiancé left the club with a group of 30 of her friends at about . The club sits very close to the train tracks on
So Holly jumped. She grasped the rail, and the train of her wedding dress became caught up in the wheels of the locomotive.
As the stunned crowd looked on Holly screamed in terror as she was dragged leisurely under the crushing wheels of the locomotive. Her white dress became crimson as her body was gradually entangled within the wheels itself. The crowd ran in fear, including her fiancé, as her body was dragged over 100 yards stopping only by the intervention of an on looking police officer. Her body parts were strewn across the street by the crushing power of the locomotive. I had visited the scene the day after, since my wife works a few blocks away. The evidence of the grisly death still remained at the scene in the form of the painted outlines of the severed limbs and head scattering the sides of the track for the entire 100 yard length of the accident. The accident and the situation was a true tragedy.
The train tracks have long been removed replaced with a newly paved road. The trains are now diverted to other tracks in the area, far away from the casual pedestrian. But recently acquaintances of mine who have visited the area late at night have reported strange phenomenon.
People have been witnessing a ghostly apparition in the dark hours of early morning, the figure of a woman in a wedding dress walking down the street where the train tracks once lay. She says nothing, interacts with nothing. She hovers gradually down the street and vanishes in a white mist.
Tami told me: “We were traveling down 19th to get to
Tami never heard the tragic tale of Holly from years ago. When she told me of her tale she assumed that there was some spirit loose from the nearby
I inquired at the local police station if anyone had reported to them about any ghosts on
Late at night, does Holly once again don her wedding veil to relive her hopes of a marriage that never was?Or does she walk the streets of
Whatever this is, I hope that Holly finds peace.
Until next time,
Pastor SwopeNote: Names of people and places were changed to protect the privacy of those involved.