As a child I remember hearing some legends about headless train conductors and it sort of freaked me out. So I’ve decided to research about these so called legends and see where they came from and what they are all about. Could some of these legends be true? That is for the reader to answer for themselves, I’m just going to provide the research. There is a saying out there, that anything is possible!
The First Story:
In 1867, a railroad conductor of the Atlantic Coast Railroad named Joe Baldwin was decapitated in an train accident. The accident happened in Maco, North Carolina. So after his death, people who see these mysterious lights from a lantern. The legend states that his headless corpse would be carrying it so that he could warn other conductors at night or some say he roams looking for his head. The sightings even have a name, “The Maco Lights” and I guess some even say that President Grover Cleveland would tell the tale at the White House.
The Second Story:
This tale that I’m going to share has many different names some called it the “Ghost Light,” Bragg Light” “Saratoga Light” and the “Light of Saratoga.” The tale takes place in Texas and is about the railroad system from Bragg to Saratoga. Well people have reported seeing unexplained lights. They say that the lights are from the headless conductor looking for his head!
The Third Story:
The story that I’m going to share takes place in Moonville, Ohio. There are many ghost stories about the abandoned railroad tunnel in the area. The famous one is about the headless conductor, who is said to wear a railroad uniform and he’s carrying a lantern. It’s reported that the conductor was killed there and sightings of the ghost have been around since the 1890s.
There are two legends about how he died, one was he was having an affair with an engineer’s wife. Well the engineer got his revenge on the man by telling him to check the train and while the man was under it and he started up the train! Another story was the conductor had been drinking heavily and had been hanging on to the outside of the boxcar and he fell off, decapitated his head.
So these are three stories about a headless apparition. My advice to you is, next time you see a train coming make sure that the conductor has his head and if you are at an abandoned railroad station keep your eyes open you might see a ghastly figure!
The Ghosts of Moonville