Hours upon hours of very tedious searching. This was before Google Earth. I used TerraServer in conjunction with Yahoo Maps to trace the CSX tracks to the East and almost everywhere a road crosses them you find another old graffiti'd up train tressel.
Last Edit: Jun 27, 2008 6:10:28 GMT -5 by Barrettm95
Yes. About every website and forum that mentions it has the exact same description:
[glow=red,2,300]Legend has it that a past tragedy involving a train derailment is what has brought all these spirits here. Stop your car at night and you can hear laughing, screaming, and then a crashing noise, as if the train is derailing over and over again, stuck in time. They say there are like 7 or so gates...and an underground cult in the area[/glow]
It brings me to wonder the ultimate origin of the description. It's probably copied out of Haunted Heartland or some other local interest book.
I've also read the gates are supposed to form a pentagram. Which clearly they don't, more of a straight line. regarding there being 7, theres probably more. If you just kept following the tracks east you would keep finding more and more but I stopped when I found 7. There is also the legend of phantom trains heard over head. Well what they are hearing is probably a bonafide honest to God modern dieselelectric train. These tracks, owned and maintained by CSX, are very much in use today. There is an up to date street level crossing complere with lights and bells in Carbon. You can also see on Google Earth a fairly real-looking train headed for Gate 2 and then Gate 1. Which also means anyone who climbs up the hill to the tracks is in very real danger. Of being run over by a train.
On an interesting side note. I just now noticed the South-East side of Gate 1 is exactly on the boarder between Vigo and Clay Counties.
Last Edit: Jun 28, 2008 6:23:54 GMT -5 by Barrettm95