Ghostly Transport : is a phenomenon that challenges the
commonly held view that ghosts are spirits of the dead. There
are a wide variety of reports about phantom vehicles or ghostly
forms of transport some forms reported more often than others.
Out of all of the reports of ghostly transport, ghostly cars are possibly
one of the rarest forms of phantom vehicle. One of the
theories behind this, is that the car is a relatively recent invention
which has left little time for the phenomenon to become established.
It would seem that many reports of phantom cars appear, sadly, to
be linked to tragic road accidents. However, the predecessors to
cars, namely horses and carriages, do tend to be much more frequently
reported, probably due to them being around much longer.
Apparently, phantom trains account for one of the more common forms
of ghostly vehicle. They are said to appear, usually at the site of
a rail disaster. One example of this was the Tay Rail Bridge
disaster in Scotland in 1879. Here a bridge collapsed in a bad
storm, leaving the oncoming train to plunge into a river below.
Unfortunately, there were no survivors, and since the bridge was repaired,
there have several reports of a phantom train disappearing near the
middle of the reparations. As with all forms of phantom
transport there does not always have to have been a tragic accident
beforehand, for example Abraham Lincoln's funeral train. This phantom
funeral train is said to pass along the original route taken by Lincoln's
funeral train. Witnesses have reported it passing along, complete
with a skeletal band on one of the wagons, playing an unidentified tune.
There are even reports of ghostly planes that appear to be apparitions of
military planes from the world war. Sightings of such phenomenon
appear to be more common over Britain, France and Germany. This
could be linked to the number of craft lost during the last world
war. It would appear that there isn't anything specific that
triggers the materialisation
of these ghostly planes, although it is suggested that violent storms may
invoke a few.
Ships are a much older from of transport than cars and planes and as a
result reports of ghostly ships abound. One example is an 18th
century ship called 'The Flying Dutchman'. In this tale the captain
of the ship, Henrik van der Decken is alleged to have sworn in a fit of
rage; that he would round the Cape of Good Hope even if it meant sailing
for all eternity and straight into the wind. He even suggested that God
himself could not stop him. Legend now has it that the ghostly ship
appears during stormy weather off the Cape of Good Hope, at Africa's
southern tip during stormy weather. On board is van Decken, who
because of his evil nature and taunting of God is condemned to sail
forever into the wind. Mariners fear the sighting of 'The flying
Dutchman' because it is said to be a bad omen, and any sailor that spots
it, will be thus doomed to join van Decken and his ghostly crew in their
special form of damnation.