Ghost Train of the Pennsylvania Rail Road Station
in Newark, NJ
"Regularly at midnight on the tenth day of nearly every month during the 1870s, a ghost train pulled into this Victorian railroad depot. No one ever saw anything, but hundreds of witnesses reported hearing the engine's whistle and the screeching of iron wheels against the rails as the invisible train passed through the station. On one occasion,nearly six hundred people witnessed the phenomenon, but fortunately, the so called "Express Train to Hell" never stopped to pick up passengers."
I used to laugh at this story. I have talked to a lot of Rail historians in the area and apparently the old station was located at approximately the site of Track 5 platform in todays Penn Station Newark.
Place: Pennsylvania Station, Newark, NJ.
Date: July 10, 2001
Time: 12:00 AM, EDT - Railroad Time
Sound: What sounds like a Steam Locomotive Train moving through the station at a good clip.
I was on the platform for Track 1 and the sound was coming from the area of Track 5, inside the station. There were several people on the platform with me that were waiting for the Amtrak train to D.C. They were all somewhat mystified, as there was no train to match this sound in the station.
Recorded with a pocket digital recorder. It's what I had on me at the time, and I used it for making field notes on projects.
David M. Rountree AES