Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Investigators: Jim, Allie, Alisha, Brandon and Sandy
Equipment: Digital voice recorders, EDI+ meter, Mel Meter, K2 meter, SB11 and SB7 Spirit Boxes, motion detectors, REM pod, UV video camera
History: The Vinton Train Depot was started on Aug. 1, 1899. It was erected at 612 Second Ave., at a cost of about $40,000 and was dedicated March 1, 1900. It is considered one of the finest preserved passenger stations in eastern Iowa.
Claims: Shadow figures walking along the tracks at the depot. Conversations being heard in the distance.
There is no one in the depot or on the grounds. The static recorder catches a metal clank/banging sound.
As Allie, Alisha and Sandy were in the train depot, they conducted a spirit box session. Alisha asked if the train conductor enjoyed his job. They received a response – “Boring.”
In same spirit box session, Allie asks if anyone was in the depot that had died on the railroad tracks. We receive two responses – “No” and “They didn’t”
In the train depot, Sandy, Allie and Alisha are using a device called an Ovilus – which has a word bank built in that spirits can use. When words are spoken it’s very computer-like. We aren’t a huge fan of the device, but on this occasion, a male voice is caught that wasn’t from the Ovilus. It says “Save them.”
Findings: The train depot was not a very active location, but we believe we received some intelligent responses to our pertinent questions. We feel there's definitely some residual haunting at the location, given how many people frequented the depot over the years. For many, the depot may have been their "happy place" as they enjoyed traveling.