Monday, April 21, 2014

Hauntings: Railroad Crossing in San Antonio


Railroad Crossing (San Antonio, Texas)

Mostly an urban legend rather than verifiable fact, the story about the Haunted Railroad Crossing by Shane Road, south of San Antonio, is well known in the area – and really creepy!

It’s said that in the 1930s, a school bus stalled on the railroad tracks.  Before they could escape, a speeding train smashed into the bus, killing the ten children and the bus driver.  Since then, if any car stops on the tracks it is pushed by unseen hands across to the safety of the other side.  People claim it’s the spirits of the children who push the cars to prevent a tragedy like their own.

Even today, cars line up at the haunted intersection to see if the legend is true.  The driver stops the car near the tracks and puts the car in neutral.  And even though it appears that the road is on an upward grade, the car begins to roll.  It rolls slowly first, then gains speed, rolling up and over the tracks to the other side.

But that's not all.  People who have sprinkled powder over their car's trunk and rear bumper before their car is pushed across the tracks have then discovered tiny fingerprints and handprints in the powder - the prints of the ghost children who push them to safety.





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37 comments:

Kate Larkindale said...

That's really creepy! I'm tempted to to go there to test it out!

Andrew Leon said...

I think there are haunted railroad crossing stories all through the south. There was at least one in Shreveport when I was a kid and another in Marshall and a few others I heard of.

Sophie Duncan said...

I've heard of this story thanks Mysterious Ways a creepy TV show with Adrian Pasdar. There's also a really good movie inspired by this legend, called Fingerprints (they've added in a homicidal maniac to spice things up, but the ghosts of the kids are the same).
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Heather Holden said...

So eerie, even if it is just an urban legend!

Natalie Aguirre said...

What an interesting legend. Not sure if I'd want to see if it really happens.

Ms Misantropia said...

One of my favorite American urban myths! Though I have never read if anyone has checked the records if it ever happened..? Even in the 30's a school bus massacre would be recorded somewhere.

Misha Gericke said...

I find this story sad, but beautiful.

Now I'm going to read the rest of your hauntings. You've picked a theme right up my alley. :-D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds like that one could be verified if someone took the time.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Creepy !
Interesting mystery !
Have a great week ahead and take care :)

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

My, my, those are strong, dead kids.

Stephen Hayes said...

I don't find this one creepy at all--ghost children trying to protect people. Kinda sweet---okay, in a creepy way.

Al Diaz said...

Too many allegued proofs to not having been verified. Nice urban legend, though.

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S. L. Hennessy said...

I've been there before. It is the CREEPIEST thing I've ever come across. Years later and it still terrifies me.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I've been there before. It is the CREEPIEST thing I've ever come across. Years later and it still terrifies me.

Milo James Fowler said...

I really need to visit those tracks. Might make me believe in ghosts...

Julie Flanders said...

I think I'd pass out if I really saw the finger and handprints in the powder!

Jennifer Hawes said...

I just got goose bumps! Seems like there are (or were) lots of school buses hit by trains. Another reason why I drive my kids to school:)

Gina Stoneheart said...

I've always been fascinated with hauntings of little children. You can't help but to be curious instead of afraid of sightings or experiences such as these. The finger prints would definitely give me goose bumps though!

Mere Joyce said...

What a creepy legend, although it would be a little bit fun to test it out...unless the track still has actual trains running on it?

Winter Moon said...

This is sad and creepy.

Loni Townsend said...

Children + creepy = *shudder*

Still, I'd have to say this is a bit more positive view for ghosts, as opposed to the vindictive, murderous type.

Stephsco said...

Seems like a dangerous legend to challenge...


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cleemckenzie said...

Raises hand. I believe this one! At least, I want to believe it.

mooderino said...

That actually sounds quite helpful. Creepy but helpful.

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Ava Quinn said...

Huh. I don't know how I feel about this one. On the one hand it's sad, but on the other it's kinda cool. In a creepy dead children kind of way. hmmm.

Gail M Baugniet - Author said...

Love the eerie tale. In Hawaii, tales of such events are commonplace and accepted without question.
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Kelly Steel said...

Poor kids. I hope their soul rests in peace after a car is over safe.

Lara Lacombe said...

Oh wow, that's a great story! Not actually scary, for a change :)

Liz said...

Spooky! There is a road in the Uk where this happens - it's a trick of the landscape, it looks like the road is going uphill, but really, it is going downhill. It's famous. I suspect that something of this sort if going on here.

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Mary said...

This one gave me chills!

Jocelyn Rish said...

Ooohhhh! This is my favorite ghost story yet. I love the idea of ghosts being helpful rather that evil or sad. And you found an awesomely creepy picture to go with it!

Kim Graff said...

That's interesting, it's actually a nice haunting for once. I have to say, Lexa, I love all these posts. I've had an idea for a haunted house mystery for a while, and these posts are finally inspired me to plot it out :)

Inger said...

A sweet and weird story, but fascinating too.

Medeia Sharif said...

I got chills reading about the ghost children.

Rhonda Albom said...

That is cool, creepy and sad all at the same time. Did they ever run the fingerprints?

M said...

I'm from Texas (Austin) and grew up with this legend. For more such tales, Ghost Stories of Old Texas was a favorite of mine as a kid.

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