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Rails to the Darkside
Back a few years before we were running Rails to the Darkside, one of our members was out taking pictures along the tracks of our trolleys. Once he got home and took a look at them, he found some very disturbing images.
Desiring some photos of a trolley with the fall foilage around sunset, our member had poised himself near Winkler Road. As the trolley approached, its whistle spooked a deer just on the edge of the tracks. As our member attempted to catch it running away, the photo shows he was not lucky this time. In the background, it only appeared that someone was just walking by.
Our member met up with the trolley again at the end of the line at Station 9, Wells Road. As the trolley departed, our member snapped one more photo before calling it a day. The black figure appeared again on the edge of the tracks, this time glaring at the camera.
Museum volunteers did a little research, discovering that a cemetary was relocated with the construction of the Hartford & Springfield line to Rockville.
Our volunteers operating the trolleys, always asked why operations always ended before dusk. Written in the operating rules was a clear order not to run into the night during the weeks leading to Halloween.
It was decided by a few brave souls to try running a trolley into the darkness. The waiting dispatcher at North Road Station couldn't believe his eyes when the trolley rolled back into the station empty.
Do you dare take a ride to the darkside?
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