The trams of Ireland's historic Dublin United Tramways were once a familiar and welcome sight to the city's commuters throughout the first half of the 20th century. When the lines were finally shut down in 1949 (to be replaced by buses) and the rails paved over, Dubliners were devastated by the loss of a piece of local history... but some say the trams can still be heard today, rattling through the city's streets in the middle of the night.
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Paranormal history site Twilight Ireland has documented some eerie tales of the “Ghost Trams” which have circulated through Dublin in the years following the dismantling, with the first reports dating back to the 1960s.
Residents in the Dublin neighborhood of Rialto claim to have heard the tram's bell in the early morning, while a nurse waiting at a bus stop in Glasnevin (on the north side of the city) says she saw one of the vintage trams, filled with passengers dressed in Victorian clothing, pass her bus stop before vanishing into a mysterious mist.
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The unexplained sightings didn't stop at the streets, either: according to John Dunne's A Ghost Watcher's Guide to Ireland, a group of tenement houses owned by Dublin United Tramways were also believed to be haunted. When a crew arrived to demolish the abandoned tenements in 1966, the workers claimed to have encountered a spectral man in a butcher's apron... a sight which terrified them so much they temporarily halted their work.
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