Redbank Range Railway Tunnel was opened in February 1867 and is
the first railway tunnel to be used by the NSW Railways. It was
eventually closed to rail in 1919 when the new deviation line opened.
During World War II it was one of a number of disused railway tunnels
used to store ammunition and other military supplies. The 592ft
long tunnel was also used for commercial mushroom growing after
1950 when the RAAF moved out.
commonly known as the Picton or Mushroom Tunnel, it is the subject
of many ghostly and supernatural tales. Strange glowing lights have
been seen floating through and around the tunnel. Rapid drops in
temperature and sudden breezes like those caused by an approaching
train have been felt. The ghost of woman named Emily Bollard who
was struck and killed by a train in 1916 is said to haunt the tunnel.
are several things to keep in mind when exploring the tunnel. Once
all torches are off it is very dark and your eyes will have a difficult
time adjusting. Many people believe that the movement of light and
dark shapes they see is something paranormal. Be sure to sit well
inside the tunnel as turning your head may change the light conditions
and cause your eyes to lose focus. Since there has been activity
reported at both ends it shouldn't matter where you sit or which
way you face.
and other members of the Paranormal Australia Team participated
in a Picton Tunnel Watch held by local historian Liz Vincent in
June 2001. Although there have been many reports of paranormal activity
from credible sources, we were not fortunate enough to experience
or see anything unusual enough to definitely classify as paranormal.
We did see dark shapes moving at the opposite end of the tunnel
but believe that was only our eyes adjusting. There was also a series
of bright flashing lights over the course of the night. We cannot
say for sure what these lights were and without an in depth night
and day investigation of the area are unwilling to speculate at
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felt like a massive drop in temperature at one point did spark our
interest, however. Although the night was already rather chilly,
this bitter and eerie cold seemed to descend upon our group very
suddenly. A few people who had wandered down towards the opposite
end of the tunnel yelled out that they could see someone standing
behind us. People sitting behind us believed they could see someone
walking towards us. I saw nothing in front of or behind us but to
tell the truth, it was so dark there could have been someone a foot
in front of me and I would not have known. That's a very creepy
lights interrupted our excitement as someone pulled up outside the
tunnel, obviously not expecting a group of enthusiastic ghosthunters.
The temperature seemed to magically return to normal and we all
commented on what a noticeable difference it was. As the car backed
out and drove away were once again plunged into darkness. Within
seconds the freezing cold had returned and this time we all paid
very close attention to the temperature drop. Without the correct
equipment I cannot say if there was indeed a drop and of how much,
but I do intend on going back to the tunnel better prepared next
do recall one very strange thing that happened. As I turned onto
the dirt road that led to the tunnel I could hear a weird noise.
At first I thought it was coming from one of the other cars in our
little convoy. I soon realized that the sounds were coming from
inside the car. My friend's camera that was in a bag at her feet
suddenly and for no obvious reason began to rewind it's film midroll.
The camera was not switched on at the time and has never done anything
like this before. To this day we still wonder what caused the camera
she intended to use in the tunnel to act so strangely and have failed
to come up with a logical explanation.
NOTE: The Redbank Range Railway
Tunnel is located on private property. Police patrol
the area regularly and anyone found trespassing will be asked
to leave and may even be charged.
You can only access the tunnel legally through Liz
Vincent's Picton Ghost Hunts or Tunnel
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