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I just want to write a little cautionary info here. I lived in Rochester for 10 years. I'm not sure if the train tracks still exist there or if they have been torn out, but I'm sure the trail where the tracks ran is still there. This is where the tracks run under Rochester Road or Main Street just before you get into the downtown area. I often walked these tracks at night to clear my head.
Back in 1996 I would walk the tracks almost nightly. It was a beautiful walk. I would start at Main Street by walking down the hill from the bridge onto the tracks. At that time trains had rarely gone through, if at all, so I never worried about walking the track at night with my headphones on. I usually would walk all the way to Crooks Road which would pass me behind the college there. It was Michigan Christian at the time but is now Rochester College. I would occasionally pass students of the college hanging out there to get away or to catch a smoke or whatever.
There was a small cliff in that area which was a real pretty area where students seemed to sit and watch sunsets. Anyway my nightly walks were routine, but what wasn't routine was every once in awhile I would get a vibration under my feet as I walked on the tracks, which would signal me that possibly a train was coming, so I would turn and look, and of course no train. I was cautious. Of course it was not smart probably to walk tracks with headphones, but I took precautions to avoid getting hit by just being aware of my surroundings, but it also caused me to be a little more sensitive to my environment. At times when I felt the track vibrate I would get this feeling that I wasn't alone, but I figured it was just the students in the area.
One night in particular I met who I assumed to be a student coming from the other direction. He waved at me, and I took my headphones off to see if he was making conversation. He stopped and looked at me for a minute, and I said ''did you say something?'' He said no. I apologized and told him I was wearing headphones and wasn't sure and was just being polite. He laughed and said ''hey have you heard the stories about this place?'' I said ''what place?'' He said ''well, the tracks back here and more specifically the bridge up at Main Street''. I wasn't aware of any stories, so I said no. He went on to tell me about suicides at the bridge where a person would jump off the bridge on to the tracks below. I said well it's not that big of drop maybe 30 or 40 feet. He said ''well, it must be enough''.
I thought it was a strange way to open a conversation. He went on to say that people talk of a strange feeling that people get walking the track back here, and a spirit or demon or something seemed to wander the tracks. I apologized to him and said I didn't really get into that kind of stuff. He laughed and said ''yeah, neither do I, but sometimes I do get a feeling that I'm being watched back here, and I don't get that feeling anywhere else, and I always get it down that stretch that you passed earlier''. I said ''what, are you watching me?'' We laughed, and he said ''maybe I'm just paranoid!'' I asked him if he ever felt the tracks vibrate. He said ''oh yeah, all the time, but that's just from the cars going over them up on Crooks Road. Suddenly it made sense, and I thought yeah that sounded plausible.
I thought nothing more of that encounter until weeks later when in fact a suicide did occur on that bridge. I immediately remembered this guy's story. Later on I was mentioning it to a friend, and he said ''I can't believe you haven't heard about the tracks being haunted''. I said ''come on, man. You know I don't buy into that crap!'' As the conversation continued, I found out that the very guy I was talking to weeks before on the tracks was the guy that had jumped off the bridge and died.
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