Two men have contacted Polish authorities to claim they have located a legendary Nazi gold train filled with looted valuables that disappeared in the mountains of Poland in the spring of 1945.
Authorities in Poland’s southwestern district of Walbrzych conformed they were contacted by a law firm representing two men who claimed to have found the missing train and were seeking 10% of the value of anything recovered.
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“Lawyers, the army, the police and the fire brigade are dealing with this,” explained Marika Tokarska, an official at the Walbrzych district council, in an interview with Reuters. “The area has never been excavated before and we don’t know what we might find.”
Local news in the area has reported that the suspected treasure train went missing in 1945, and was supposedly loaded with valuables of all sorts from the-then east German city of Breslau (now called Wroclaw and located in Poland) as the Russian Army was approaching at the end of WW II.
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The two men, a German and a Pole, claim they have found a 150-meter long train that they claim contains Nazi treasure that could be worth “well over a million dollars,” Tokarska said.
The men, however, will not give up the location of the train until they get a written guarantee for 10% of the value of the treasure train.
Tokarska also noted one of the men has a background in excavation projects and has instruments designed to detect objects beneath the surface of the Earth.
Many have speculated that the ghost train could be in one of numerous railway tunnels in the area around Walbrzych (close to the Czech Republic) built before and during World War II but sealed off when the war ended.
The Polish authorities have noted they need to know where the train is and what’s inside it before they can make any guarantees.
Given it was a military train, it could have been carrying weapons, possibly unexploded bombs, and a small possibility that the train was transporting equipment related to early nuclear weapons research.
Adding to the risk, methane could have built up in a sealed underground tunnel, which creates the risk of an explosion.
Tokarska noted that after the local government agencies know the location of the suspected Nazi gold train, they’ll secure it and ensure that investigations are carried out safely.