The London Underground is the oldest underground railway in the world, with the first section being opened in 1863 on which is now the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines. In 1890 it became the first to operate electric trains. The whole network is commonly referred to by Londoners and in official publicity as the Tube. In 2007, more than one billion passenger journeys were recorded, making it the third busiest metro system in Europe after Paris and Moscow.
But the Tube has also been built on countless gravesites and pluge pits, and has been site for many human disasters. Over one hundred years, there has been spooky tales about the subways underneath London. Stories of ghosts and the paranormal. Could it really be haunted?
It is said many already know that the underbelly of the city is teeming with all manner of spectres. The most impressive ghost, is that of a train which was last observed around the 1920s in the vicinity of South Kensington; whilst on the East Finchley to Wellington underground, legend has it that an old steam train silently travels on through the Northern Line.
There’s the spectral girl of Elephant & Castle who appears to be a rail relation to the phantom hitchhiker legend, in that several witnesses have described, often whilst sitting in an empty carriage, encountering a young woman who takes a seat but often vanishes between stops. And the sinister legend of a mysterious, possibly caped figure, who lurks in the cold tunnels, and is known for the ghastly act of pushing people in front of oncoming trains, usually at night.
What paranormal answer the London underground subways harbor remains a mystery.