Copyright C Walker © 2007-
Location of haunted place: West Midlands
Origin of the haunting: Early 1900s
Background: Brooke End signal box controlled sidings, an up goods loop and the up and down main lines. The Gorman family lived nearby and Mr Gorman worked on the railway as a platelayer. The ghost of his daughter, Marion, tells the story.
It was love at first site when I met Ronald Travis. He was working in the signal box and had come to see my father. He was a lovely man and we spent every spare hour we had together. At first my parents were happy that I had found love, they even encouraged us. Then I started spending more time away from home and they kept questioning me -
One night my father went to see Ronald in the signal box. He found us both there, wrapped in each others arms. He was so angry, he felt I had betrayed his trust. He dragged me home and forbade me to see Ronald again.
Life became unbearable, my parents wouldn't let me out of their sight. We had a violent row one night and I waited until they were asleep and then I crept out. I climbed over the railway fence and started across the tracks. I heard a train coming, but I knew I could get across if I ran. I got over the down line safely, but stumbled and fell as I crossed the up line.
I didn't stand a chance and the train hit me, severing my head. Although the signal box is no longer there, I have returned a few times determined to try and make it across the tracks into my lover's arms. Maybe one day I will succeed.