A few years back, the MVD Ghostchasers investigative crew traveled to San Antonio, Texas to visit the Alamo, missions, and everything else proclaimed haunted they could squeeze into a long weekend. While, Stu, Gary and Peggy decided to take it easy back at the hotel, Nancy, Maddie and Debe headed to the downtown area to take one of the San Antonio ghost walk tours. After the informative tour, they had made prior arrangements for their guide to escort the three adventurous ladies out to an additional location—the famous, mysterious Haunted Railroad tracks of San Antonio.
With Maddie was at the wheel, and the tour guide gave directions from the passenger front seat. The group drove towards the south eastern edge of the city, near the eerie San Juan Mission, and searched for Shane Road. They began to giggle like silly school girls as they reached the notorious railroad crossing.
As everyone has read in books and the Internet, back in the 1930’s or 1940’s a school bus was delivering a group of school children to their homes in the area when the bus stalled on the railroad tracks. A speeding train smashed into the bus killing the children and the driver. It is said that their spirits still linger at the site of the tragic accident. Any vehicle stopped near the track will be pushed to safety by the unseen hands of the children. Later, upon inspecting your windows and trunk you will see tiny hand prints. There is a sub division nearby and they say the nearby streets were named for some of the children. Cindy Sue Way, Nancy Carole Way, Richey Otis Way, Bobbie Allen Way, and Laura Lee Way are some of the designated street names.
The tour guide showed the curious visitors where to park along the road. It is best if you stop about 20 feet from the tracks. Maddie shifted the car into neutral and let her foot up off the brake. Soon they were rolling freely along the dirt road at a slow, but steady clip. The car rolled over the railroad grading and then over the track’s rails. Once over the other side they glided down towards the main road.
“Do it again!” someone from the backseat shouted.
And they did—several times! The ladies must have repeated this amazing feat at least three times before one of they decided to get out of the car to take pictures. They filmed the vehicle with a camcorder from the side of the road. Nancy and Debe sprinkled baby powder on the trunk and windows to see if the mysterious hand prints would show up after the final push over the tracks. They jogged back down the road and inspected the body and windows of the car. Sure enough, tiny hand prints could faintly be seen.
Now of course, the phenomenon of the Haunted Railroad Tracks has been debunked by researchers. Some say it is just an illusionary appearance of a level, even road—but it actually has a 2 degree declination. And the hand prints? The oils from your hands leave a filmy print on your trunk or windows. This could easily appear later on as ghostly handprints in the sprinkled powder. Nevertheless, it was fun being out on the lonely road late at night and experiencing the well-known story seen on TV on many occasions.
The satisfied investigators drove back into town and dropped off the tour guide at his car. Debe climbed back into the front passenger seat and fastened her seat belt.
“Thanks for sticking a total stranger up here in the front seat”, Maddie punched her in the arm, “I can’t believe you had some strange guy driving us out to the middle of nowhere!”
“Relax,” Debe said calmly, “You were perfectly safe. Besides, we would have had all the spirits of the children protecting us!”
If you dare go!
Take I 40 (SE of San Antonio) to exit 42
Turn south on Southton Road
Take 2nd Right to Shane Road
Follow Shane Rd to the tracks