February 4, 2016
Is the Legend of the Ghost Children Real?
By: Rebecca Genesis
legend goes, in the 1930s or 40s, there was a nun who was driving a school bus full of kids through the railroad crossing when all of a sudden it somehow got stuck on the tracks. Immediately after, a train came barreling through instantly killing all the children. The only life said to be spared belonged to the bus driver.There is a railroad crossing in San Antonio, Texas known as Ghost Tracks that is said to be haunted by the ghosts of many young children. As the
legend goes on to say that the bus driver nun was very distraught and guilt-ridden from surviving the accident. So much so, that months after the crash, she decided she wanted to die the same way as all of the unfortunate children aboard the bus. Crying and in distress, the woman drove her vehicle onto the train tracks to await her own tragic fate.The haunting
As the train appeared, however, something miraculous happened. The suicidal sister began to hear the voices of children outside of her car. Not only that, but the car began to move as if it were being pushed! Instead of being killed on the train tracks, the nun’s car was moved to safety, seemingly by the ghosts of the dead children. Since that day, it is said that anyone who parks their car on or near the Ghost Tracks will be pushed out of the way to safety.
Thousands of people have driven to the Ghost Tracks to see if what they hear is really true. They put their vehicles in neutral just before the train tracks. To really test the theory of the ghost children pushing their cars, many apply baby powder or flour on their bumpers, first. Sure enough, the vehicles seem to defy gravity moving seemingly uphill beyond the railroad tracks.
Some people even claim to hear the ghostly voices, laughter, or even crying of children near the Ghost Tracks. To add to the mystery, when they get out to inspect their vehicles, there are little hand prints in the white powder. So, it must be the ghosts of the small children pushing the vehicles, right? Well, let’s dig a bit deeper before making that conclusion.
documentation of a similar incident with a trains colliding with a school bus which took place, but that happened in 1938 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sadly, 26 children died in the crash. However, those who have researched the haunted San Antonio legend insist there are no records of any bus accident or deaths of children ever taking place at the Ghost Tracks.The story of San Antonio’s Ghost Tracks is similar to other urban legends from across America. But, is there a reality behind the tale? There is
Ghost Adventures Crew visited San Antonio to film an episode for their 10th Season. Zak Bagans learned of the Ghost Tracks legend while in the area and they decided to check it out for themselves. Upon arriving, Aaron Goodwin cleaned one half of the back window and left the other side dirty. Then they applied the baby powder all over the back of the vehicle before seeing if it would be “pushed” beyond the tracks. Sure enough, their vehicle did seem to move uphill while in neutral.The
Upon inspection of the baby powder, the only side with hand or fingerprints was the side which had not been cleaned first. This indicated that the supposed children’s hand prints were really oils left behind from human hands. They successfully debunked the hand prints in the baby powder as non-paranormal. But, this still left the question of how did the vehicle move seemingly uphill itself?
Next, the Ghost Adventures Crew brought in a team of surveyors to inspect the road leading to the Ghost Tracks. After performing a series of topographical measurements, it was determined that the street that appears to go uphill was only an optical illusion. In reality, the road travels downhill about a foot and a half, which is a perfectly natural explanation for the movement of the vehicles across the Ghost Tracks.
You can watch the Ghost Tracks segment from Ghost Adventures here (Fast forward to 12:20):
It seems that the legend of the ghost children at the Ghost Tracks is anything but true, right? Well, although most parts of the legend have been debunked, I wouldn’t say that it’s ghost-free. I passed through San Antonio in December of 2015 and visited with a family member who had driven through the area at night, also taking a video with her cell phone. She captured compelling evidence of what appears to be a ghost child zipping around the edge of the road. Check it out for yourself:
(Video credit: Yesca Lynn)
Although the Ghost Adventures Crew and other researchers seem to find no basis for the ghostly legend of the Ghost Tracks, it appears there is at least one ghost child haunting the area. And, there has still been no explanation for the alleged accounts of disembodied children’s voices being heard in the area. Perhaps there is some other reason there would be a ghost child or children haunting the Ghost Tracks.
located at the Southeastern edge of San Antonio at the intersection of Shane and Villamin Roads.If anyone has any more information or evidence or you simply want to leave a comment, I would love to hear from you. So, for now, I say San Antonio’s Ghost Tracks case is still open and deserves more investigating. The Ghost Tracks are
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