Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Silverpilen


When Stockholm was growing in the 1970s, there were plans to develop the Kymlinge area as a new suburb. Metro planners started building a station, but the development never happened and the station was left unfinished. It's been empty and abandoned since the line opened in 1975. Today, Kymlinge is still an undeveloped area, and most of the surrounding land is part of a nature preserve.

Most urban legends are based solely on the fevered imaginations of the nervous and superstitious. But the Kymlinge Metro Station, a supposed ghost station, and Silverpilen, the silvery train that is said to haunt its rails, are both quite real.

In an effort to urbanize the area of Kymlinge, near Stockholm, construction began on a partly above-ground metro station. Yet due to the already extreme suburbanization of other areas of Stockholm and efforts to maintain the natural areas of Kymlinge, construction was stopped after the majority of the structure was created. Plans for the station were scrapped, but the structure was left in place should feelings ever change. It wasn't long after it was abandoned that the ghost stories started popping up.
There are a number of tales about the Kymlinge Station, but the most prominent of them involves another urban legend that was also very real.  Kymlinge Station is said to be home to Silverpilen (The Silver Arrow), a silvery ghost train that is said to have been seen all around the Stockholm Metro.

The story begins in the 1960s, when the Stockholm Metro acquired an eight-car aluminium model C5 subway train. At the time, local subway trains were green. However, the C5 was a test unit, and for reasons that have been lost to time, it was never fully integrated into the schedule – serving primarily as a backup train. Since the C5 never went into full-time use, Stockholm Metro didn’t bother to paint it or decorate the interior with the sorts of advertisements subway riders around the world have come to expect. Instead, the outside remained silver, while the inside was a faded green, with patches of partially scrubbed out graffiti. Suffice it to say, it looked a little weird and soon became known as Silverpilen..

Silverpilen
Over the years, Silverpilen developed a reputation for picking up passengers late at night and depositing them at their destination weeks or even years later. Still others recounted putting a friend on a strange silver Metro train, never to see that person again. Riders who escaped the train unscathed sometimes reported sharing the car with apparitions – perhaps the ghosts of those who boarded the train and were lost to this world.

So where have the missing passengers gone? One theory has it that they are taken to Kymlinge Station. It is said that only the dead can disembark there, and stories have circulated of a young woman who rode the Silverpilin to Kymlinge, only to be found dead in the woods nearby.

As it's been said, "Only the dead get off at Kymlinge."
You don't really have to be dead to visit the Kymlinge Station. In fact, the station isn't even abandoned, just indefinitely delayed.

Kymlinge station


8 comments:

  1. I can 't believe My eays, Han.. You are writing about Silverpilen ????????
    What a wonderful post.
    Thank you, My friend.

    Mona Lisa

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    1. Trains Mona Lisa, Trains.
      Even ghost trains. The is the first of a series of abandoned train stations.

      Even ghost trains....
      I like them all,

      Han

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  2. Interesting story, Han. A special talent of you.

    appy

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, my friend. Trains are a passion of mine....

      Han

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  3. Love this story Han...it is so sad to see buildings abandoned. Thanks for another learning opportunity Han.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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  4. I'm glad you found it interesting, Cat. Han and trains.
    The Pope and Catholicism.

    Smile,
    Han

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  5. LOL...love your reply to Cat. A boy..or man...and trains...seems to be a natural attraction. Enjoyed learning about this...thanks.
    hugs abby

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    1. I truly love trains. If we see a train racing on it's tracks, I always point that out to Wanita. If I see 20 trains, I always point out all 20 trains to Wanita.

      Wanita knows her trains by now...

      Han

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