Ghost Train

Ghost train – Living my life in and around the Rocky Mountains all my life I have learned even in the most remote wilderness areas that they are not as empty or silent as they appear. There is not an old cemetery, town, horse trail, mountain pass, or railroad tunnel that does not have an old story or two to tell from days gone by in and on the Rocky Mountain frontier. These mountains I have learned have ghost and ghost tales that are best told on a cold autumn night with friends and family around a shimmering campfire as the mountain wind tickles the aspen trees to begin their autumn melody of the tree whispers. This is one of those tales. True or not it is a tale of a ghost train that rides the rails just beyond the Moffat Tunnel east of Rollins Pass, Colorado. I do not recall how or even the circumstances of how I heard this ghost tale, but this haunting story of the ghost train I have never forgotten.

“Ghost Train”
In the distance blinding light appeared,
Bone chilling, silent, and to be feared.

Stroke of 12, out of the dark night it came,
Railroad tracks and metal wheels aflame.

Engine of steam bellowing misty white smoke,
Ghost train, Hell on Wheels going for broke.

Blowing white steam, sparks of fire close to me,
Death the conductor, waving a skeleton key.

Black railroad cars packed full of pasty face folks,
No smiles, just tears, no happiness for these blokes.

Specter of Death, looked at me with a ghastly smile,
Skull with hollow sockets gazed at me for half a mile.

How and where it came from, I will never be able to tell,
All I know, Ghost train passengers going straight to Hell.
By Kurt James

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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt James naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt James has become one of Colorado's prominent nature photographer's through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt James Reifschneider is also a feature writer for Hubpages and Creative Exiles with the article's focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L'amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt's natural ability as a story teller. Kurt James "Colorado Clarity" a photography and poetry book was published 4 years ago and in 2016 Kurt James published his first novel "Rocky Mountain Reckoning" and his 3rd novel "Rocky Mountain Ghost" was released in July of 2017.
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Kurt James

Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt James naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt James has become one of Colorado's prominent nature photographer's through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt James Reifschneider is also a feature writer for Hubpages and Creative Exiles with the article's focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L'amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt's natural ability as a story teller. Kurt James "Colorado Clarity" a photography and poetry book was published 4 years ago and in 2016 Kurt James published his first novel "Rocky Mountain Reckoning" and his 3rd novel "Rocky Mountain Ghost" was released in July of 2017.

12 thoughts on “Ghost Train

    • April 1, 2017 at 11:55 PM
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      Thank you for the compliment my friend and glad you stopped by…

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  • April 1, 2017 at 8:56 PM
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    Terrifying apparition! Your poem is great, Kurt, and does full justice to the ghost train and its passengers.

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    • April 1, 2017 at 11:56 PM
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      I love the story of the hauntings in Colorado Phyllis, and on a train is even better I think, thank you for stopping by.

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  • April 2, 2017 at 12:05 PM
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    Frightening locomotive comes a barreling down the tracks. Great piece Kurt, really enjoyed it.~Paul

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    • April 2, 2017 at 12:07 PM
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      What’s not to like about a ghost train?…….;LOL..Thank you Paul for commenting

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  • April 2, 2017 at 6:54 PM
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    great work my friend, I do love a good ghost story. Cheers!

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    • April 3, 2017 at 3:27 AM
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      Thanks Tony for your time in stopping by… glad you enjoyed it.

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  • April 3, 2017 at 3:51 AM
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    Excellent memory piece for me, bringing to play all of the ghostly tales in my mind!

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    • April 3, 2017 at 6:16 PM
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      I am glad I could bring back some ghostly memories for you Donald

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  • April 3, 2017 at 9:10 AM
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    This is a wonderful piece, Kurt. I love your commentaries which are followed by a poem. Great job as always.

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  • April 3, 2017 at 6:16 PM
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    Thank you John always nice to have you comment..

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