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'There is no train' - Experts quash rumours of 'hidden Nazi gold train' in Poland

David Kearns

Published 15/12/2015 | 15:50

A tunnel which forms part of a subterranean system built by Nazi Germany in what is today
Gluszyca-Osowka, Poland
A tunnel which forms part of a subterranean system built by Nazi Germany in what is today Gluszyca-Osowka, Poland

A research team has quashed claims by two treasure hunters who said they had discovered a legendary Nazi gold train hidden in a southern Poland.

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Experts from a mining academy in Krakow said there as “no evidence of a train” at a site in the city of Walbrzyc where, earlier this year, two explorers told authorities they had located an armoured Nazi train hidden in a secret tunnel in the city.

The head of the team from the University of Science and Technology, Janusz Madej said that "according to our examination, there might be a tunnel there but there is no train there".

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Mr Madej was speaking at a press conference on Tuesday to following a month long examination of the area where the ‘Nazi gold train’ was allegedly hidden.

His team examined the site in south-western Poland using magnetic and gravitation methods.

“The geo-magnetic model anomalies would be far greater if there was a train,” he told reporters.

Experts from the University of Science and Technology in Krakow and independent explorers attend a press conference on the search of an allegedly hidden World War II Nazi train, in Walbrzych, Poland (AP)
Experts from the University of Science and Technology in Krakow and independent explorers attend a press conference on the search of an allegedly hidden World War II Nazi train, in Walbrzych, Poland (AP)

The local government in Walbrzych commissioned the team of scientists to conduct a survey to end speculation about the possibility that a train laden with gold really could have been hidden in the area during the last days of World War 2.

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Despite the results of the survey however, Piotr Koper, one of the treasure hunters, is standing by his claim that there is a hidden Nazi gold train hidden beneath the hills near Walbrzyc.

Also speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, he said “there is a tunnel and there is a train”.

“We believe there is a train. The readings [by the scientists] are different because the methodological approach was not the same as ours.”

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Mr Koper added that the only way to find out once and for all if the train was there, was to dig.

According to a persistent local legend, there are up to three Nazi trains buried in or around Wałbrych.

The trains are said to have left the city of Wrocław between January and May 1945, laden with gold, jewels, weapons and stolen art.

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