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Ghosts of The National Railroad Museum

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The quiet suburbs of Green Bay, WI hold a jewel for history and railroad buffs alike. The National Railroad Museum, located in Ashwaubenon, hosts a treasure trove of our nation’s railway history, consisting of historic locomotives, artifacts, and a collection of priceless documents and photos.

This museum, established n 1956, is also known to be very haunted.

US Railroad MuseumThe museum holds a wide variety of steam and diesel locomotives, along with passenger cars dating to the early days when trains were the primary means of travel. These were the cars that many passengers took for a new life out west. These were the cars that many rode on after saying goodbye to their families, maybe for the last time. These were the cars that took countless men and women off to war, and only returned some of them home.

What kind of energy might remain in these cars?

One of the more unique items in the museum’s collection is the British Railways Class 4A No. 60008 Dwight D. Eisenhower, along with cars #1591 and #1592. This was the engine and the Command Cars for General Dwight D. Eisenhower during his time as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during WWII.

One can certainly imagine the conversations that have taken place in this rail car. As my tour guide at the museum stated while we were standing in this car, quite frankly, “They were planning for war in this room.”

In Eisenhower’s memoirs of his days in Europe during WWII, he writes about his travels and hectic schedule, saying, “From February 1 – June 1, 1944, I visited 26 Divisions, 24 airfields, 5 ships of war, and numerous depots, shops, hospitals, and other important installations…sandwhiched between seemingly endless conferences and staff meetings which were necessary and highly valuable.”

This was the very rail car, which Eisenhower named “Boyonet,” that he traveled to the majority of these important meetings in.

Possibly the most poignant reference Eisenhower made regarding these travels he wrote about in his memoirs: “A late evening trip on the fifth took me to the camp of the US 101st Airborne Division…I found the men to be in fine fettle, many of them joshingly admonishing me that I had no cause for worry, since the 101st was on the job and everything would be taken care of in fine shape. I stayed with them until the last of them were in the air, somewhere about midnight. After a two hour trip back to my own camp, I had only a short time to wait until the news should come in.”

pic34_eisenhower_ddayThe “fifth” he speaks of is June 5th, 1944. “Somewhere about midnight” is when the date turns to June 6th, 1944. D-Day. Possibly the most important battle ever fought in the history of the modern world.

Several months after the D-Day landings, and as the Allies were pressing further into Germany, Captain Butcher, Eisnehower’s aide, found a crinkled up note that Eisenhower had scratched that night after meeting with the 101st. It was a public statement in case the invasion had failed. It read,

“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based on the best information available. The troops, the air, and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”

Fortunately, for the future of the free world, he never had to give that speech.

Was this note written in this rail car? One can imagine the emotions that Eisenhower and others went through in this room throughout the planning of this war. The heaviness one would feel after speaking to the soldiers who are called on to carry out your plan, knowing many would never make it back home again. This rail car was the matrix of thousands of deaths, good and evil, as well as a tool in the preservation of freedom for hundreds of millions more.

Are we to believe that none of this energy or emotion remains?

The Midwestern Paranormal Investigative Network conducted a full-scale investigation at the museum and found the energy indeed does remain.

Stories of the museum being haunted have been rampant for years. During interviews with staff and volunteers experience ranged from being touched by unseen hands, to actually being inexplicably locked inside of train cars.

The MPI Network believes the museum to definitely be holding energies of the past and strongly recommends a visit by everyone, not only for the ghosts it holds, but for the priceless relics of history it shows.

Scott Wittman is a professional Historical Landscape photographer, writer, researcher, and traveler. More of his work can be seen at www.scottwittmanvisual.com.

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Comments

  1. We visited the National Railroad Museum a couple of times with the kids back in the late 80s but never had any supernatural experiences. It was a very interesting place to visit though.

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  2. Richad says:

    Sorry to tell you this, but the Dwight D. Eisenhower was just named after he had become president. The cars behind the locomotive hold no definitive proof it was the general’s command train either, but was indeed in service during the war. I am very curious about the research conducted on making this essay about the Green Bay National Railroad Museum. This place is not far from where I live and I know some of the staff employed and those that volunteer. None have had any experiences mentioned in this report. I’m not saying I don’t believe in paranormal because I absolutely do, but most of the info I found in your essay is false. I might suggest doing in depth research prior to making a final report/essay on a place claimed to be paranormal.

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