Before The Old Station Shut There Was Not Many Trains Still Runnin On It So At Night There Was Only One Man On Duty In The Station.. He Was The Station Master && Once The Last Train Went He Would Lock Up && Go Home.. He Used To Sit In The Ticket Office Out Of The Cold Until The Train Was Due && Then He Would Go Down The Steps To The Platform && Would Act As A Guardsman To Make Sure All The Passengers Were Safely On Or Off The Train Before He Waved His Flag To Tell The Driver It Was Safe To Steam Off..
One Night He Was Sittin In The Ticket Office Havin A Cup Of Tea When He Noticed Someone Crossin Over The Railway Line.. This Was Not Allowed && Was Dangerous.. You Were Meant To Go Up The Steps, Over The Bridge && Down The Other Side To Cross The Track.. The First Time He Saw This Happen He Wasnt Expectin It So Didnt Do Anythin About It.. He Did Think To Himself That He Would Be Ready Next Time With His Torch If Someone Was Foolhardy Enough To Try Crossin The Track Again..
A Few Nights Later, The Same Thing Happened Bt This Time He Was Ready.. He Grabbed His Torch && Ran Down The Steps From The Ticket Office && Out Onto The Platform.. He Was Just In Time To See Someone In Army Uniform Climbin Up From The Track Onto The Other End Of The Platform.. He Shouted For The Man To Wait For Him Bt He Just Walked Off Round A Building && By The Time The Station Master Got There He Had Disappeared.. One Thing He Did Notice Was That It Was Just After Eleven O’clock Which Was About The Time He Had Seen The Man Last Time..
For The Next Few Nights The Station Master Went Down Onto The Platform Around Eleven, So That He Was Waitin For The Man To Cross The Track, Then He Saw Him.. The Station Master Ran Down The Platform Ready To Cut The Soldier Off.. As He Got Closer He Noticed That The Man Was In Army Uniform Again Bt As He Got Closer He Noticed It Was An Old Army Uniform Not Like A Modern One.. The Station Master Got There Just In Time To See The Soldier Disappear Again Bt This Time It Was Like He Had Walked Through A Wall.. He Had Literally Disappeared Into Thin Air..
This Time The Station Master Had Got Close Enough To Notice More Than Just An Outline.. The Soldier Was A Sargeant With His Three-Stripes Clearly Visible && He Had A Moustache.. He Had A Pistol In A Holster Around His Waist && Carried A Swagger Stick Under His Arm.. The Strange Thing Was That His Uniform Was Clearly An Old Uniform && Not Like The Uniform A Soldier Would Wear Today..
The Very Next Night He Saw Him Again Bt This Time There Was A Passenger Down On The Platform.. When He Approached The Passenger && Asked Him Had He Seen The Soldier He Told Him That He Had && That It Wasnt The First Time He Had Seen Him.. He Had Seen Him Many Times Before && Was Concerned About Him Crossin The Track, Sometimes Only Minutes Before His Train Was Due.. He Had Also Seen Him Disappear At The End Of The Platform && When He Went To Investigate There Was Nowhere For Him To Go.. He Must Have Walked Through A Disused Storage Building Wall..
After Much Investigatin By The Station Master, It Was Discovered That After The First World War A Soldier Came Home To Kirkby Sufferin From Shell Shock.. He Got Off The Train On The Other Side Of The Track && Crossed Over The Line.. He Waited In The Old Waitin Room Which Was Now A Disused Storage Buildin && When The Express Train Comin The Other Way Came Steamin Through The Station He Jumped Off The Platform In Front Of The Train && Died Immediately..
It Was Said At The Time That The Shock Of Fightin In The Trenches In France Had Just Been Too Much For Him && He Had Decided To End His Life.. His Ghost Was Seen Many Times Followin That Day Bt No One Was Ever Scared By Him.. It Was Like He Had Been Scared Enough Durin The War That He Didnt Want To Scare Anyone Else..
He Was Like A Friendly, Harmless Ghost..
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