South Florida Insider Photo

South Florida Insider Photo

India Smith and Allison Edwards

Choo-Choo! All aboard the Ghost Train. 

Students from Connersville Middle School and Connersville High School are given the opportunity to give the passengers a fright this year. Lindsey Brooks, the CMS eighth grade science teacher, looks forward to seeing “the enthusiasm of the passengers and actors when they get off the train.” There have been “as many as 1,400 passengers in the past years,” stated Brooks. This year, they are hoping to break that record number and draw in more people. COVID-19 has affected many businesses and activities, but Brooks and her crew are not letting it stop them. They are taking safety precautions the same way the school buses are since they fall under the transportation guidelines for the COVID-19 protocol. “The passengers and crew are required to wear masks and the staff sanitizes the coaches with an electrostatic fogger between runs,” Brooks said.

Brooks is the chairman of the Ghost Train of Metamora committee. In preparation for the Ghost Train, Brooks teaches, “a new batch of youth volunteers from CMS and CHS how to work on the train, as well as having a crew made up of certified engineers, conductors, and brakemen.”  The CMS and CHS volunteers are required to have excellent grades, no behavioral issues, and a teacher recommendation to be able to participate. The safety of the passengers is important to the crew members. That is why it is imperative that the staff know what they are doing. It is important for the passengers to pay attention because the train gets dark and the lights flicker on and off periodically. 

Each year, there is a storyline that the volunteers follow and act out. This year, it is the same story as last year, about a boy named Tommy. He goes to visit his grandmother by train, but an accident happens and it leaves him dead. Some say that he haunts the railroads, but passengers will find out for themselves when they take a trip on the Ghost Train.