Around Town: Critic's Pick
Best Urban Legend
Published: April 23, 2014
The Haunted Railroad Tracks
Corner of Shane and Villamain Roads
Featured on Unsolved Mysteries and Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, the haunted railroad tracks (aka “the ghost tracks”) on the city’s South Side carry a spooky legend that draws thrillseekers to the intersection of Shane and Villamain Roads. A school bus accident on the tracks many years ago still haunts the area—it’s said if you leave your car idle on the tracks supernatural energy will cross your vehicle over; if you pour flour on your bumper, tiny handprints will appear; and, if you listen closely, you may hear faraway screams. Perhaps the creepiest element of all: Until this day, no one has ever found any existing record of the tragic accident...