The Legend Of Lost Locomotive 13
In the dead of the night at the height of the Witching Hour on All Hallows Eve an eerie steam chugging sound echos about the Mystical Forest in the town of Woodland Springs, Colorado. Every so often a terrifying train whistle bellows through the foliage growing ever heavy with a foreboding fog. A pitch black locomotive looms forth despite the post-mining abandonment of the rusty railway remnants. In many spots there’s nothing but dirt, stone, and brush with the ghostly train seemingly gliding over it like a supernatural specter. Those who have had the courage to view the locomotive up close were faced with a spine chilling Engineer glaring at them with eyes glowing a fiery orange. The crimson caboose stands out from the rest of the dark train with a Conductor peering puzzled into dead space with eyes as black as coal! The passenger cars can be seen loaded with frightened children sitting near the front, and apathetic ones near the back with blank stares. All sporting undead pale faces, and dark circles under their soulless eyes. Some have even viewed this surreal spectacle inside their own homes as the train follows it’s old railway line even through trees, and buildings acting as an apparition.
Legend has it that this horrifying haunted Halloween express is in fact the mysterious missing train of 1877 known as Locomotive 13. The Engineer, the Conductor, and his 11 year old son set out on the trains first nocturnal test run at Midnight on Halloween. As the sun rose that morning they never returned, and not a trace of the train was ever located. However beginning the next Halloween the lost locomotive would be seen inexplicably riding the rails. Locals attempting to jump on the train ended up falling through it to the ground, or the entire enchanted express simply disappeared before their very eyes. Unfortunately one child under the age of 12 would disappear every year. Often lured away from trick o treating, or from their beds into the forest.
One horrifying account in 1904 details a Father’s journal as he witnessed the horror of his son climbing aboard the stopped spectral locomotive despite crying for the boy to run. His son appeared to be in a trance as he entered the unholy express with the Engineer staring down the Dad, and handing his son a handful of wrapped candy. He then fired off a sinister snicker as the train puffed away. The Father tried repeatedly to hop aboard the slow moving metaphysical machine but was unable to make physical contact as his biological body went through the supernatural structure. Eventually the train vanished in a billowing fog cloud.
Paranormal investigations experts,such as Mystic Investigations, have studied this paranormal phenomenon during it’s short stay each Halloween. We’ve come to the conclusion that the train must have entered some type of traveling inter-dimensional porthole that converged with our local supernatural hot spot known as The Heart Of The Mystical Forest. An elusive force responsible for much of the paranormal activity in our town. Who knows what living Hell this train, and it’s passenger go through 364 days of the year before returning on Halloween. Since the porthole itself is probably invisible, and appears only briefly we have yet to locate it despite it’s annual clockwork schedule. The train is clearly out of phase with reality until a child touches it. This indicates that their magical innocence, and, probably it’s link to the Spirit Of Halloween, play some role in the trains reappearance until the first embers of dawn when it re-enters the porthole. Perhaps it’s the Spirit that’s pulling it back from total disappearance into damnation? There’s also the possibility the porthole is some kind of paranormal trap set by a non-physical entity of a malevolent nature who feeds of the children’s ageless astral energy.
Theoretically it’s possible to re-phase the lost locomotive back into our reality with everyone biologically intact. However it’s unknown what the mental, and emotional state of these lost souls would be. Certainly it seems the Engineer is possessed by some dark force. Maybe the being who set this potential paranormal trap to begin with. Perhaps this Halloween Mystic Investigations will finally solve this mystery, and save this damned train from kidnapping anymore kids on what should be a Happy Halloween!