Haunted Railroad Bridge

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An 1887 railroad disaster occurred here when the Montreal Express fell over the old wooden bridge, killing over 30 people. The ghost of a victim, 13-year-old Joe McCabe, is said to appear here. Some say Joe didn’t actually die in the wreck but suffered tragically when he watched his father die, and that’s why after Joe died his spirit returned here. The old bridge was replaced by a new steel bridge, but that doesn’t stop folks from seeing Joe’s ghost playing in the river, dressed in 19th-century clothes and sometimes stand four feet above the water. Witnesses also smell phantom smoke from the old bridge burning.

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Geographic Information

Address:
Near 2537 Route 14
West Hartford, VT
United States

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GPS:
43.68126161602052, -72.39472317691252
County:
Windsor County, Vermont
Nearest Towns:
Quechee, VT (2.7 mi.)
Wilder, VT (4.3 mi.)
White River Junction, VT (4.4 mi.)
Norwich, VT (4.9 mi.)
Hanover, NH (5.5 mi.)
North Hartland, VT (6.5 mi.)
Woodstock, VT (7.3 mi.)
Lebanon, NH (7.6 mi.)
Hartland, VT (9.7 mi.)
Plainfield, NH (10.3 mi.)

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  1. Please, please, please do not investigate this haunting. Just this week a young man was killed and another seriously injured walking over this bridge. This is a very active track, it host several Montreal to NY trains every day. It is very dangerous.

  2. This is a very dangerous spot. I work at the local hospital where the two young men were taken last Thanksgiving. One was DOA from his fall into the river. The other was in intensive care for months. Maybe climbing over the guardrail down to the rocks at the river’s edge would be a safer way to investigate this haunting. I cannot imagine how terrifying it must have been to be standing on this bridge, knowing that a train was coming and having nowhere to go.

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