Haunted Niagara: Blue Ghost Tunnel (Part 1)
Nightmares Fear Factory is one of the most haunted places in Niagara. The horrific spirit of that haunted house, Abraham Mortimer, terrifies people so badly that many now refuse even to enter just based on his and the Nightmares Fear Factory's reputation. Their legend and his appetite for new victims grows and grows...
Will you be the one to enter the dark and dispel the dreadful ghost?
Those of you reading this, who are brave enough to endure the horrors of Nightmares Fear Factory, must have a have serious obsession with paranormal activity, and may even be a little twisted.
Therefore, you are fine people and quite to my particular tastes as the most twisted, and the most paranormal. Thus will I share with you some of the ghastly stories found around the Niagara region.
The good news is that there are many such sites around this fine county for you to experience and to explore; many haunted places, filled with screaming ghosts and evil spirits in Niagara to explore. Before I get too jealous of the attention you might give them, however, I shall introduce the topic of my chatter for the day.
I give you today the Blue Ghost Tunnel in St. Catharines, Ontario, as another destination that will test your courage—should, for the day, the prospect of the Nightmares Fear Factory prove too terrifying to try.
Most Haunted Places in Niagara: The Blue Ghost Tunnel
Quite early in the nineteenth century, settlers began to dream of a safe waterway stretching across the Niagara Peninsula, connecting Lake Erie to Lake Ontario by boat.
Their endeavours, after much trial, much tribulation, much fortune and travail, resulted in the first Welland Canal.
As time dragged on, working its eldritch magic on all the best-laid plans of mice and men, and as engineers became more experience and more clever, boat size increased, and a larger second canal was built. Time proved not to end with its completion, however, and so in 1870, construction began on the third edition of the Welland Canal.
Concern, however, abounded about how vehicle traffic would cross the largest Welland Canal yet. A massive waterway, after all, had been carved across the face of the Niagara region and many important districts were now divided, creating rather a literal roadblock for trade and transfer of product and supply.
Wooden swing bridges were planned. However, the Great Western Railway Company expressed concerns about durability and the time delays that would be involved in such an undertaking. One need only imagine massive wooden bridges being swung out over the canal only when no boats were incoming, and the problems become easy to envision.
The eventual solution proved to be a tunnel.
The tunnel would span 665 feet, with an arch 16 feet wide and 18 feet high, stretching under the canal itself, between locks 18 and 19.
In the spring of 1875, the huge project began. Nearly a thousand Irish immigrants excavated the land by hand, with hundreds more workers cutting and laying stone.
The construction of the tunnel was not without bloodshed.
Over the course of the build, three deaths were reported. The most memorable was an accident where a 14-year-old Irish immigrant was crushed under the weight of large stones. Other injuries occurred on a daily basis, but nothing that resulted in the stop of construction.
The Blue Ghost Tunnel Story: The Great Rail Disaster
By the time the tunnel was completed, it was already outdated. Another entry in the never-ending story of rapid progress creating equally rapid obsolesence.
As it turned out, the Grand Trunk Railway was taking over the Great Western Railway Company, and the new management preferred double track lines for safety and efficiency.
In other words, the tunnel was destined for a short lifespan.
As things would proceed on their inevitably grim course, the Grand Trunk Railway would wind up being quite correct in foreseeing the dangers of the tunnel.
On January 3, 1903, an 80-ton mogul train traveled westbound as a Number 4 express train traveled eastbound racing around a slight curve 100 yards from the western tunnel entrance.
Both trains were completely unaware of the other’s existence.
They collided at full speed, killing the firemen for both engines.
Charles Horning, the fireman on the express train was gruesomely pinned between the flaming hot boiler and the tentler. During his attempted rescue, the engineers and post-guards tried to pull his mangled body free, which resulted in his arms and legs being messily severed from his body.
One train worker even reported that Horning’s watch still ticked on his severed arm. His body would never be fully recovered from the remains of the train.
The fireman for the Mogul train, Abraham Desult, was flung into the boiler resulting in burns over 90 percent of his body. He was rushed to the hospital and died five hours later.
Workers of the express train claim that they were given clearance to enter the line at Merritton by the dispatcher, and blamed the wreck on misinformation, a single track and poor visibility.
From then on the tunnel was used very sparingly until the 1930s when the track was removed, and a double-track swing bridge was built.
This tragic story could easily explain the haunting of the Blue Ghost Tunnel. It is, however, far from the only gruesome incident to occur near the tunnel.
For more information on the Blue Ghost Tunnel horrors check out The Blue Ghost Tunnel (Part 2).
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Does the story of the Blue Ghost Tunnel have you scared?
Just wait until you enter the doors of Nightmares Fear Factory Niagara Falls. and enjoy my chilling hospitality; my endless, claustrophobic hallways, and the screaming of my infinite host of ghosts and ghasts.
We will have your blood-curdling screams echoing from our walls before long, and some fragment of you may well never truly leave.
Over 130,000 have chickened out. Will you?
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