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Blue Ghost Tunnel- Merritton

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Discovered by ellewyn
Created Apr 18 2009
Recent status Abandoned
Category Railway
City St. Catharines, Ontario
Location # 623
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The Great Western Railway Company had concerns about how trains would pass through the Welland Canal and the effeciency of a swing bridge. The solution turned out to be a 665 foot tunnel that was 16 feet wide by 18 feet tall that went underneath the canal.

Construction on the canal began in 1875 and involved approximately one thousand Irish immigrants working the land by hand, while several others worked on cutting the stones. The construction was not without tragedies. Three people were killed during construction of the tunnel. In 1875, a 14 year-old Irish immigrant was killed when a large boulder fell upon him. Then in 1903, two trains collided in a head-on collision at approximately 7:03 AM. Charles Harning of Engine Number 4 and Abraham Desult from Engine Number 975, died.

Charles Horning, the fireman on the express train was pinned between the flaming hot boiler and the coal car. It's said that during the rescue attempt that his arms and legs became severed from his body. In all, 107 men were killed during construction of the tunnel.

There are rumours of the tunnel being haunted. Some say that a candle lit in the tunnel will be extuinguished, others say that a mysterious blue light will appear.

The tunnel was almost destined to be short lived as the Grand Trunk Railway was taking over as there was a preference for dual rails (in order to avoid collisions like the one that occurred here).

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Claire Haven't been there in years, we used to go for quite the walk to get there and it was well worth it. By the time we got there we had ourselves so worked up about the "blue ghost" it was quite the thrill. Nice to see the more recent photos.

Dec 08 2015  • 0 like(s)

SuperSonic thanks. I didn't want to post too many...but I have a few more.

Dec 20 2012  • 0 like(s)

trailblazer519 Too dry for ya? I know :-P

Dec 18 2012  • 0 like(s)

axf905 that comment V V V Painful

Dec 18 2012  • 0 like(s)

trailblazer519 Thats cool sonic.....creative. Thats a way to 'dress' up a creepy location :-P

Dec 16 2012  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user Have you tried to go down into it since it was gated? My cousin tried and he said there was no access in there now. He walked down and everything was blocked off

Mar 24 2012  • 0 like(s)

belsence They just gated the main access road off Glendale Ave. You will have to park at the Good Eats Diner across from the GM plant and walk down. Does anybody know a better parking spot or access point?

Mar 13 2012  • 0 like(s)

SuperSonic @buster...that's good news. Looks like it could be interesting.

Jan 29 2012  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user When did they brick up the entrance? I haven't been there in yeats but both ends were wide open the last time.

May 24 2009  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user I went in that tunnel back in 1965,for a short while...had to running out,never see nothing but, heard...them...shout...

Apr 26 2009  • 0 like(s)