Friday, May 13, 2005

South Tunnel Train Tracks

Near Portland in Sumner County is the small community of South Tunnel, that is said to be home to some spooks.

JB writes:

I used to live in Tennessee before I joined the military. I had a ghostly experience in a remote cow pasture that was beside part of the South Tunnel train tracks between Portland and Gallatin. Being from Tennessee, you're probably somewhat familiar with South Tunnel's role in the Civil War and the legend of the Lady in White. I didn't see her, but I did have an unexplainable experience. It was 4 July 2003. I was camping and shooting fire works in a cow pasture with some friends. When we ran out of fireworks we sat around the camp fire making small talk. At approximately 3:00 a.m. we all heard the sound of a train coming down the South Tunnel track. It wasn't the rumble of a present day train, but rather the 'chugga' sound you might hear from an old coal burning train. Something like the trains you would see in old westerns. For a minute or two the sound got louder but we didn't see any signs of a train coming from either direction. After about 5 minutes the sound stopped abruptly and wasn't heard again for the rest of the night. I learned just today that during the Civil War the Confederate Army collapsed the old South Tunnel by running a train into a log barricade. This doesn't seem like just coincidence to me. What do you think?

I don't know, JB, but it sounds pretty creepy. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? (Comment away or e-mail me.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

JB, I think your story is pretty creepy. I've read about the Bell Witch before and would you mind giving me more information because I'm hoping to write a book about this? Cool information but too scary.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear JB I have a story for you. My name is Jarrod Riley and I am from Portland and live here today, but my story is that some ancestors of the brown family which is also my family, are buried near south tunnel because they were caught selling cotton to the confederate troops, The Brown man and his house slave were both made to dig a grave and they told the slave to go free but he decided to stay and was both shot and buried together now it is said that they both wander the area in search of the soldiers that murdered them but no one knows where they are buried we just know that they are buried there somewhere.

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear JB,
i am but 14 years old and i currently live on South tunnel road less than a quarter of a mile away from the tunnel. i had an unexpected visit from what i believe was the lady in white. i was hunting on top of the tunnel in a relatives field and i saw a ghost like figure rush through the trees. as you could imagine, it scared me, so i didn't stick around to see it again. People on my road have told me many stories about the lady in white, but i have yet to find the real one, any help?

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never seen the lady in white I have lived in south tunnel all my life and Iam up all hours of the night. I have heard storys they were told by my grandfather but he was a heavy drinker if you know what I mean.And about the train they have run the old trains on the rails from time to time I have seen them in day light but it has been a some years . Oh something the lady in white is to go in the yards of peoples living near the tracks the tracks are behind my home . I have found civle war bullit in my yard and cleaning up also found arrow heads . And I think I have a good idea were the young man was hunting there is a civl war grave yard up on the hill I know were its at but not going to say someones home on it now . Well thats all I know hoped it helped

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Adam said...

My name is Adam and me and my friends have been trying to find out where exactly the tunnel is or where the old train tracks are.i live in gallatin and me and my friends have gone all over in portland trying to figure out where it is and nobody will help there anyone on here that knows where it is?

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JB,I grew up on South Tunnel. I sent many days playing around the creek, and walking to the tunnel, we would wait for the train and then run beside it.There was always stories about the holes in the tunnel floor people were forced into, gold on top of the tunnel buried. It was scarier at times, but nothing unnatural ever happened. My dad has an interesting picture from when the train station was there and the old convient store was still used.

11:31 PM  

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