Completing this line up is
Carnesky's Ghost Train, perhaps the one that ranks as the most
unique in concept and execution. I reckon it's one of the most theatrical of
the horror attractions I've done, with a complex plot concerning a train
line haunted by refugees who died while fleeing along the railway lines.
After the first room that sets up the plot your taken to the train station
and board the train. The train then proceeds to make several circuits of the
building where various actors portraying the ghosts lie in wait.
The fact your doing the same circuit several times sounds like a potential
weakness, but thanks to the fact the actors continuously change there
position, as well as changes to the lighting and scenes it avoids the
pitfall of being repetitive. After a number of circuits you return to the
ride station, where the theatrical feel continues as you see the last scene
that finishes the story.
It's not one of the scariest haunted attractions I've done, but there are
still a number of chills, and it more than makes up for this thanks to some
good scenery, and by telling a good story. This makes a nice change from the
many haunted passage, single sentence plots found in many horror
attractions. A good dark ride that is worth taking time out to visit if
you're in Blackpool.