THE BLUE GHOST TUNNEL
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The story of the Blue Ghost tunnel.
The Blue Ghost Tunnel
in St. Catharines, Ontario is a tunnel that was built as an answer
to the number of vessels that were travelling through the two canals
already in existence. Another canal was needed and so, the tunnel
was constructed between locks 18 and 19. It was decided on that
along with the new canal, a tunnel would be needed to travel under
the canal itself. Construction of the tunnel began in 1870 and the
tunnel was officially opened in 1882. While the tunnel was being
built, 107 lives were lost of those that were helping to build it.
The tunnel took an extremely long time
to construct so that it could accommodate the train tracks that
would enter and exit the tunnel. Once construction was complete, it
was a total 713 feet in length and was comprised of limestone, which
is still in superb condition today. The Grand Trunk Railway System
was the first company to use the tunnel. A few companies used the
tunnel occasionally but in 1915 it is was virtually abandoned as a
major transportation route and was only used by a few farmers.
Along with seeing its fair share of
trains, the tunnel also saw its fair share of deaths, including the
Great Rail Disaster. This accident was caused by two trains, which
were both travelling at full speed, crashed into each other on the
west side of the tunnel. While the engineers from both trains
escaped with minor injuries, the firemen that were operating the
boilers on both trains died in tragic deaths. One was horribly
disfigured with his body mangled while the other had burns covering
ninety percent of his body.
Another tragedy to happen within the
tunnel was the Lock 6 Disaster. This accident occurred on August 6,
1928 and claimed the lives of eight men within the tunnel and two
that died later after suffering injuries due to the accident.
Exactly two years from the date of the accident, eight more men were
killed, spurring on rumours that the tunnel was cursed.
Those who have visited the tunnel today
have reported that they have felt other presences as soon as they
have gotten near the property. There have been reported incidents of
animals dying on the spot, people feeling nauseous in certain areas
around the tunnel, whistling and conversations being heard inside
the tunnel, and little children crying. Even for those who do not
believe in ghosts, it’s hard to say that this tunnel isn’t haunted.
Many pictures have been taken of the area and in almost all of them
one can see misty figures, sometimes with a blue centre. There are
also several orbs that have been captured in many photographs. There
is no certain ritual that needs to be performed on the property, nor
any specific date when the property should be visited. This is just
a very spooky place, regardless of when it is visited or one’s
intentions for visiting.
The Blue Ghost Tunnel
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