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September 15, 1997
Abandon Erie - Lackawannock Line
Information: Locals report sounds, lights, along abandon branch line of former Erie - Lackawannock Railway. Gary and Colin sent to aquire landowner permission, find best spot to set up.
Conditions: Abandon rail bed: dry. Totally surrounded by bogs, marshes and Nashannock creek. Warm night, no percipitation, breeze in swamp, stronger at higher elevations, clear to slightly cloudy by morning.
Investigation: 4pm to 7 am.
Team: Chad, Colin, Gary, Ian
Equipment: Motion Activated Cameras (three), starlight monocule, red lens flashlights (six), boat, hip waders, rope, audio recorders.
Location Selected: Sunken Station Platform?. (note: occasional telephone/graph poles? sticking out of marsh pools plus ground fog give definate creepy atmosphere. High chance of false sighting/swamp gas.) Square hole in swamp filled with water. Set up on small grassy area opposite railbed here.
Audio: Nothing out of the ordinary
Cameras: two deer, one racoon, one heron. No trains.
Experiances: Colin and Gary both claim that they did hear something like a steam engine when out with land owner on opposite (high) bank of creek comming from this direction. Reported sound of steam piston, as though train backing up at station. Were unable to find cause of sound, though wind on high bank at time makes audio recording they tried to make near useless, though a faint sound is audible.
Notes: Campers further down the track line reported hearing it that night, approx 3 am. Possibly just in the wrong spot.
That''s pretty much all I have on ghost sounds that our team directly experianced. This one we really didn't follow up on, due to the onset of the local hunting season.
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Sounds good Baronlveagh and I agree that you do get audio based phenomena during hauntings. But as with your case above, you didn't get an apparition being seen and being the cause of said noise. So, are appartions silent or have they been seen making a noise, rattling chains etc.
That sounds like a good case above. I am sure Dan knows someone who heard a phantom steam train on a now removed stretch of rail. It had been used to ferry prisoners of war to the nearby camp during and just after World War II. I assume the experience took in the late 1960's.
I'd have thought a phantom steam train blowing it's whistle would go "Woo, Woo". lol
I have had people I consider reliable tell me of one case with both an audio and visual component at once: They were restoring a house known as the Rhodes Farm (sp?), at Gettysburg, which had been a field hospital during the battle. In exchange for doing light reconstruction work on the place, they were given full, round the clock access. (These were NOT ghost hunters; they're historians, historic preservationists, and amateur archeologists)
Anyway, they noticed something odd going on (things moved, etc) and suspected that someone was messing with the site at night. So out come the volunteers to spend the night. They reported the usual assortment of noises (footsteps, knocks, etc.) However, the most unusual thing they described was just after dawn. In the back bedroom, the light coming in threw a shadow on the wall of a woman rocking in a rocking chair, rocking back and forth, and what drew them to the room was they could hear the chair rocking. The problem? There was neither a woman, nor a chair, in the room. This phantom, according the people I talked to, lasted long enough for the first person to run away and bring back some others to see it before fading away, approx five minutes.
I am sure I have read or heard reports of a phantom roman legion or a part of one, that can be heard as it marches, footsteps and the noise of their livery, also they march at a different level to the ground so have only been seen from the knees up? Not sure where I have got this from will try to find the reports.
Apparently the report I had read concerned the Treasurers House in York, old faithful York, in 1953 a workman was working in the cellar when he heard the sound of a trumpet, followed by Roman soldiers appearing through the wall!! Aparently the soldiers appeared weary and battle worn, they were seen only from the knees up, during later excavations it was found that the cellar had been built over a Roman road, which lay approximately 18" below the cellar.
still think I have read of the sound of marching though.
I wonder. Remember that many animals were traditionally taken for spirits/ghosts/monsters because of their noises and calls.
Tawny owls for one go "wooo" or "hooo" when staking a territory (I think? the whole "twit" "twoo" male/female thing is a misconception... they both make each noise far as I recall).
Barn owls hiss quite harshly, and i think they might screech too?
Lapwings make a very melancholic wail when disturbed.
There is one bird... I can't remember if it's guillemot, skua or other such bird, but people used to think they were lost souls.
Of course, we can't forget the nightjar which has been since immortalised by H P lovecraft (albeit the American variety- the "whippoorwill").
These can all be heard on the RSPB website, so judge for yourself.
Perhaps the notion that ghosts go "woooooo" didn't come from ghosts lore itself, but from the animal side?
In 1993 a potential apparition of an aircraft triggered a series of noise sensors around an airport in Orange County.
Many ghosts seem to make a "Woo" noise because it is the sound of moaning
The nearest I've known to a ghost or ghosts making noise is one of the hauntings here in New Orleans. We have a large and quite old Cathedral here and there's tell that on a foggy night if you walk quietly along one of the alleys along side the church you can hear priests or monks chanting the "Kyrie". I've yet to know of a foggy night ahead of time to then drive over to the French Quarter to investigate. :(
But do you actually see apparitions of monks chanting or is it just the voices. Do we ever get an apparition being seen to create a noise?
They're only heard.
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