Abraham Lincoln's Funeral Train

After his assassination in Washington, President Lincoln's body was transported by rail back to Illinois for burial. It laid in state in Cleveland and Columbus and then headed west.

In Urbana, in Champaign County, the train paused for fifteen minutes while crowds watched from the sides of the rails. Then it moved on.

Regularly in the month of April Lincoln's funeral train appears on the tracks in Urbana, draped in black, with a crew of grinning skeletons. Halfway down the train is Lincoln's coffin, surrounded by blue-coated skeletons. It passes silently, and clocks in the area stop while it does so. Later they're found to be five to ten minutes behind.

Ever since this one appeared in Haunted Ohio, people have watched for Lincoln's death train in April in Urbana. Although few see it, one couple driving across the tracks was temporarily blinded by a spectral locomotive headlamp. Maybe it was Lincoln's train.



Smith, Robin. Columbus Ghosts II. Worthington, OH: Emuses, Inc., 2003. pp. 45-48.