Train Rules and Darwin
Trains run around the clock. On weekends. At night. And trains come from both directions. Conductors only blow train horns at crossings. In Georgia, horns do not sound at Quiet Zones, locations were silent crossings have been established. These are hard learned lessons to learn on an investigation. Darwinism may get the best of you. That is, if you aren’t paying attention.
Recently, API conducted a follow-up investigation at the Camp Creek train wreck site in McDonough, Georgia. In 1900, torrential rain storms caused a train truss bridge to fail and the Southern No. 7 plunged into the creek. At least 36 people died (See previous blog). Reported hauntings abound in this area. At API that translates into follow-up investigations.
The sky was clear and the temperatures hovered in the mid-forties. All in all it was a beautiful evening for an outdoor investigation. Upon arrival we observed the predictable animal bone. Found some last time, too. After setting up our equipment we waited for the first train to pass. I captured lots of orbs. Further, I was able to distinguish between condensation images and anomalies. Some of the pictures are fabulous.
My father was fascinated with trains. He built model trains. He traveled by rail back in the day when it truly was an adventure. He even founded a train hobby club. I know trains. I also know to respect them. Alternatively, Jenn has not lived near train tracks. If she had, she would know that 1) trains run at night; 2) trains run on weekends; and 3) trains come from both directions. However, Jenn was eager to test out the hiking shoes and use the climbing rope. There was no stopping her. Well, there was, but it came later. Jenn marched across the tracks toward the bridge. She situated herself and began an EVP session. She even considered (albeit briefly) scaling the ravine. Thankfully logic caught the better of her. When she saw the train light she was able to collect her equipment and to shout out a warning to me. And then she ran. (It’s actually quite comical when you listen to the tape)
I was farther down and still on solid footing. I turned and hustled toward safer ground. When I saw the light, I scurried down an embankment and starting taking pictures. My Ovilus III was running. It produced the following words: saw, paranormal, although, water, down, main, and foliage. This seemed clear to me. There was water down the embankment that was heavily lined with foliage. And I was too close!
After the train passed, I saw a light hovering along the tracks. It wasn’t coming from the brush and it wasn’t from a car. I captured a few pictures of it. The anomalies are dense and some show movement. The night produced a lot of laughter, a few prayers of thanks, and at least one life insurance policy subscription. Hopefully Jenn remembers the train rules since I’m sure we will be going back for more evidence.