Graham Hodge

Graham Hodge - Horror Author.

A blog from Graham M Hodge. Horror Author

London Underground Ghosts - Part One.

This is not a story I have created, the details below are actual events which as described by the witnesses.

London Underground - Liverpool Station

The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world with the first part being opened in 1863, it is also the second largest underground railway in the world, only China’s Shanghai Metro has more route miles than London’s underground.

Over the years many of the routes have changed and others have been closed down, stations and platforms that were once full of people making their way around the city lay bricked up, dark and quite, forgotten by many, while others don’t even know they existed, but exist they do. To my knowledge there are approximately 40 Stations along the 255miles of track which have either been relocated or are classified as abandoned.

When you look at the history of the London underground you can understand why there are a lot of reports of strange happenings and even ghost sightings.

At the time the first tunnels were dug accidents were common place, the methods used to dig the tunnels were not that modern and the first attempts to tunnel under the Thames River resulted in failure and death.

The tunnels stretch for miles around London and some were even dug over or through graveyards, plague pits and other sites of disasters.

During WWII many of the tunnels were used as air raid shelters, when the sires would sound the coming raid people would make their way to the underground and wait out the German air attack, often they would have to spend the night in the tunnels and even at this depth they were not safe from the German Bombs. Many people lost their lives in the tunnels during WWII.

And then of course there are those who have lost their lives at the wheels of the trains themselves, many a poor soul has chosen to take their own life and picked the underground train as tool of choose, while other have either accidentally fallen to their death or even been pushed.

Liverpool Station.

During the summer 2000 the line controllers who monitor all the CCTV cameras for the whole of the underground 24 hours a day picked up an image of a man in white overalls standing on the platform near the entrance to the east bound tunnel at Liverpool Station. Well you may ask what is strange about that. After all that is what the platforms are they not? The reason the Line Controller was so surprised was that it was 02:00 in the morning and the station was closed, all the doors to the platform should have been locked and all personnel gone home, The Line Controller checked the maintenance schedule to ensure that there were no contractors scheduled to work on that part of the track that morning and confirmed that there were no planned works.

Concerned that someone may have been locked in or even broken in the controller called the Station Supervisor on duty, Steve Coates was the Supervisor on duty that night, with 23 years experience under his belt Steve was no novice in this role. Coates received the call to investigate what the man was doing in the closed station and made his way to the platform in question.On arriving he could see nobody standing on the platform so he made his way into the tunnel to see if the man had run to hide there on hearing Steve making his approach, but the tunnel was empty also, Coates made a full search of the platform and surrounding area and could find no sign of the man in white overalls.  He made his way to a phone located near the escalators and called through to the line controller, he explained that he had searched the area and even looked into the tunnel but could find nobody there, the line controller replied that it was impossible for Coates to have not seen the man as he had been standing right next to him on the platform. Coates said he would go back and look again. Once again Coates searched the platform, looking in all of the places where it may be possible for a person to hide but again could not find anybody.

He returned to the phone and called the controller once more and explained that there was nobody around, the controllers reply was that is impossible I can see him on the CCTV screen, I could see you standing right next to him on the platform. Coates asked if it may be an issue with the CCTV system, the controller replied that he was certain that it was not.

Feeling a little confused Coates started to make his way off the east bound platform, as he turned he saw a bench and laying on the bench was a pair of white paper overalls, Coates was certain that nobody could have got past him without him noticing them and there was no way anyone could get out. He is certain he would have seen anybody placing the overalls on the bench if it had been done while he was on the platform.  

In recent years work to build a new ticket hall above Liverpool Street station began but the work stalled when several bodies were discovered. Archaeologists were called in and excavation work discovered that this is the site of a burial ground for London’s most infamous psychiatric hospital, the original ‘Bedlam’. The burial ground was used from 1569 to the mid-19th century, Bedlam’s patients and local residents were buried here when other burial site got overcrowded. 85 buries have so far been discovered.

Could the man in white overalls be one of the people buried at this site? Where did the white paper overalls found by Coates on the bench come from?

To be continued.

November 8th 2016