Nichole’s ghost train steams into the unknown

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Ghost train tour organiser Nichole Overall... “Every city has its secrets.” Photo by Andrew Finch
Ghost train tour organiser Nichole Overall… “Every city has its secrets.” Photo by Andrew Finch

ON October 10, the Ghost Train of the Limestone Plains will pull out of Queanbeyan Railway Station and into the unknown…

Those brave enough to step aboard the three-hour tour will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the mysterious legend of the region through a unique and interactive tour.

Author of “Queanbeyan – City of Champions” and creator of the popular Mysterious Queanbeyan by Moonlight Tours, Nichole Overall has been working with staff and volunteers at the Canberra Railway Museum to research and uncover the legend of a ghost train and other spine-chilling stories, but she’s not saying where the train’s going.

“The legend dates back to the 1930s, but the railway line has been in Queanbeyan since 1887,” says Nichole.

“There has been a variety of stories about the ghost train – as well as sightings of mysterious lights and figures.

“There’s been many a tragedy on this line – from the scores of men killed during its construction in the 1880s, to those who have fallen foul of it since.

“Amongst these are the likes of Cornelius Grady, riding his horse home late one evening in 1888 when he was struck by the Cooma Mail Train; his body carried all the way to the Queanbeyan Station.

“Any one of them then could be to blame for the plentiful unexplained events that are said to occur along these very tracks.”

Nichole has teamed up with her sons to create a unique tour and performance, leading passengers through the legend which is part mystery, part history.

“If people enjoy a good mystery and perhaps a chance to peek through the veil of the beyond, then this is the ticket. I’m certain it will be an evening of unexpected surprises because after all, every city has its secrets,” says Nichole.

The Ghost Train will depart Queanbeyan Station, 8pm, on October 10. Tickets are $98 (over 18s only) and includes supper and beverages. Tickets from qbn@qbncityofchampions.com.au

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