Big Bull Tunnel is a short rail tunnel in Virginia. If you’re wondering, there’s also a Little Bull Tunnel. If Virginia’s 19th century rail builders had a sense of humor Big Bull would be the shorter of the two, but sadly it’s about four times the length of its cousin. It’s also the home of some particularly nasty phantoms.
Two workers are known to have died in Big Bull. A man was scalped in 1901, and another fell off a train in 1904. Even before that, locals had claimed the tunnel was haunted. The legend became prominent in 1905, when a freight train broke down just outside the entrance. One of the trainmen tried to hurry back through the tunnel to put warning flags on the other side, but he returned to his two colleagues pale and shaken.
He claimed to have heard noises “no man could stand.” The other two went to investigate, and they heard groans and screams of pain coming from the walls. The bravest of the three asked aloud what was going on.
“Remove that awful weight from my body,” came the first reply, before a second voice said “they are drinking my blood.” The men tried to find a gap or a crack—maybe someone was playing a trick—but there was nothing. They made a swift exit, and the Pittsburgh Press reported that the story was “generally credited” by others at the time.