Perkasie Railway Tunnel circa 1912
Perkasie Tunnel Today
In it's early days the tunnel handled two tracks and was a very narrow squeeze for trains. As the story goes, long ago during the steam era in the 1940's, an engineer stuck his head out of the side of the locomotive at the wrong time. He was decapitated by a passing train.
It is said that late at night,if you travel to the north side of the tunnel and hold your ear to the rail and wait long enough, you can hear a train coming. The longer you wait, the louder the sound will get as the ghost train approaches, manned by the headless engineer. Legend has it that you start running toward the south side of the tunnel to try and out run the train. If you don't make it to the end of tunnel before the train reaches you, the engineer will cut off your head! This could be quite the challenge since the tunnel is a half mile long!