We take a rail journey out to West Auckland to document this famously haunted landmark and one of the city’s last original railway buildings.
The station house is a local historical landmark that was restored in 2001. A cafe is in the old station building. When first opened, one of the station’s functions was to service the nearby Waikumete Cemetery. Special trains ran from Auckland on Sundays carrying the deceased and their entourage, and a dedicated platform was constructed to serve these trains. Commuters at Glen Eden railway station are often surprised to see a visitor from another realm.
Glen Eden cafe workers say it is the ghost of a railway worker, Alex MacFarlane, a railway porter killed during a tragic accident while working there in the 1920s, that is haunting the township’s refurbished railway station. Mr MacFarlane was a tablet porter at the station. He died at 5pm on January 11, 1924, two hours after losing his balance and slipping between the platform and an oncoming train, practically severing both legs.
Some cafe staff members report seeing the ghost – a man with a grey beard and a trench coat – and others say there is a definite presence. One incident told by café staff, was of a man in an old-fashioned top hat entering the cafe, ask for a timetable and, when the waitress turned away, vanished into thin air. Another staff member has seen the ghost’s face watching her through a window.
All agree he’s a friendly soul.