‘I tried Thorpe Park’s new Ghost Train ride and rush hour rail is much scarier’

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    Ghoulish characters? Flickering lights?

    And hoping that the journey will come to an end very soon?

    Nope, I'm not talking about a rush hour commute on our British railways.

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    Enter the Ghost Train – Thorpe Park's newest addition to their thrill-seeking profile of rides that offers experiences similar to that of real life.

    Well, apart from the whole Satan worshiping cult part (yet to discover that on the overground).

    I was lucky enough to be invited to the 'UK's most thrilling theme park' to test out the immersive attraction.

    The newest addition to the Surrey-based resort has replaced Derren Brown's Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon.

    But, the jump scares do not rely on VR headsets like its predecessor.

    The spooky rail-themed ride comes with its own set of actors making for an edge-of-your seat commute.

    So, will it be that terrifying?

    I joined the queue – Fast Track isn't available yet for Ghost Train – and awaited for the 'all aboard' announcement for the "one-way ticket beyond the veil into darkness".

    Alike a real-life wait for public transport, the 45-minute wait time to 'Chapel Station' did seem to drag – so they nailed that part right.

    The queue didn't appear to move for at 15 minute intervals and 'passengers' sat on the ground huffing as they waited their turn.

    So, again, not far off the real thing.

    I did wonder why on earth the queue – decorated with life-like posters defaced with sinister Latin phrases – was not moving at all for such a long time.

    When I reached nearer to the front, a bunch of us were put into pen sections – a bit like cattle – and were hurried along inside by the actors dressed as train conductors.

    We were asked by spooky Station Master Angelis Mortis if we wanted to carry on to the supposedly cult-like 'closed' station, the obvious answer was of course "yes."

    Instead of shrieks, teens giggled at the spooky set that attempted to set the mood of our journey to the forbidden 'Chapel Station.'

    The live actors then ushered us to the dingy platform which was not dissimilar to your ran-into-the-ground real life station.

    Daring passengers (that's including me) were told to take a seat on the tube like layout of a carriage and ordered to keep our feet behind the line, which I thought was a clever nod to the known train announcement.

    The actors screeched absurdities and stark warnings about the supernatural believers that apparently live beneath Chapel Station, so naturally we ended up there.

    On we went to the crypt 'The Believers' cult who have set up shop in Chapel Station, where we were made to make a deal with the devil.

    The actors were convincing in their 'possession', impressively so.

    But the 'supernatural' multisensory effects were predictable but still fright-inducing for some.

    Luckily, the one way ticket still got us back on board to Thorpe Park after experiencing the "realms beneath".

    After a few extra passengers got on board with us, who preferred to stand in the aisles, we departed the rail-way to 'death'.

    And, as you do after selling your soul to Satan, there's a coffee shop and some merch to purchase.

    But, again, public transport is never smooth sailing even when you least expect it…

    "Petrifying" wouldn't be the word I'd use like Thorpe Park have done to describe the ride, but it the attraction was done well.

    It makes sense why the queue took a while to shuffle forward as the ride was full of multisensory effects and came with a storyline perfectly portrayed by the actors.

    If you're not wanting a quick thrill like Stealth, then immersing yourself into the experience of Ghost Train is the answer.

    Thorpe Park's newest attraction offers something different to the resort and is able to unleash the 'giggly' inner child within.

    Overall, the Ghost Train is like a true rush hour commute, but with a Satanic twist.

    Flashing lights, momentary darkness, pre-occupied staff and commuters trying to ignore the hell of the ride – a natural British public transport experience.

    But despite dealing with evil spirits and kooks in crypts, rush hour public transport is still scarier.

    Well, at least you know you'll will get a seat on the Ghost Train.

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