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The Night Train

Updated on June 5, 2015

In late April, near Albany,New York, it appears. A cloud covers the moon and The air on the tracks "becomes cool and sharp, while just off to the side, the air remains warm but still. "Ghostly headlight pierces the night...With a rush of wind, the train passes by, noiselessly, as if running on a carpet". "Its brass fittings gleam with a strange phosphorescence in the moonlight." Draped in black streamers and black cloth. Small flags dance in the breeze. The smokestacks puff into the night. Mournful Music flows out into the night. Through the train windows, with men in blue uniforms standing respectfully around it, you clearly see a casket. Its said that clocked and watches stop as the phantom train goes past. " If the phantom train encounters a real train, the sounds are suddenly hushed as the ghost train passes through it and continues on its spectral journey."

This is the ghost of Abraham Lincolns funeral train, usually appearing on the nights of April 26th and 27th outside Albany. It's been reported in seven other states, by hundreds if witnesses, but the one in New York is the best known.


After the presidents assassination on April 16th 1865, he was placed aboard a train, called The Lincoln Special, to return the president home to Springfield, Illinois for burial. They left Washington,on the 21st of April. and arrived in Springfield on the 3rd of May. During the 13 day journey "entire towns and communities turned out to pay their respects and watch silently as the train" went by. Some see the honor guards and band playing funereal music as skeletons. Playing music for a funeral procession that never ends.


sources: A Grave Interest. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2015. <>.
Roberts, Nancy. Civil War Ghost Stories & Legends. Columbia. University of South Carolina Press. 1992
Rodegher, Max. "Gost Trains." N.p., 2012. Web. 01 June 2015. <>.


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