Note: For more information about this and other ghost lights, check out my book The True Ghost Stories Archive: Spooklights, available on Amazon in ebook and paperback. Below is a condensed version of the chapter in the book.

Location: West Point, Virginia

Appearance: Yellow, white, or red light that sways and/or moves down the railroad tracks towards the observer. Light may break up in front of the observer and reform behind them, or skim the hoods of cars.


  1. The light is said to be that of a railroad worker who was decapitated in an accident.
  2. The light is a phantom train that disappeared during the Civil War while carrying wounded soldiers.
  3. A plane crashed on the tracks, and all bodies were recovered except for a mother and daughter. The light is the mother looking for her daughter.

Other explanations: None.

Additional notes: The Cohoke Light was popular from the 1950s through the 1970s. Sightings have either halted or dropped off dramatically since that time.

Reader Comments:

“I went to this site with my mom and dad and other adults. They parked on the tracks with two cars front end to front end blocking the tracks. After a while the light appeared and disappeared several times. At this point I remember watching the light go over the cars hoods and continue down the tracks.” – Tim, August 2009

“All of us went to the Railroad crossing about 10 or so miles past the West Point Paper Mill. We all sat down and stared down the track and after about 15 minutes the first glimmer appeared. It looked like a welding arc. It was bright and shimmered for about 3 or 4 seconds and vanished. It appeared very far away. The second time it appeared as red, moving from left to right and it illuminated the tops of the rails. The light appeared to turn into several lights and they again vanished after about 4 seconds.” – Eric, October 2003

“We were there about 45-50 minutes when I saw a white light slowly turn on and then off way way down the tracks. The light almost looked like the size of a white lighting bug going off. The light came on a 3rd time. About 45 sec. later, the light came on, and came off again. This time it was very so close that the woods and trees glowed where the white light slowly turned on. That’s my story, this took place back in 1975.” – Dan, March 2005

One Reply to “Cohoke Light”

  1. I have been trying for several years to find the Magazine Article on the Cohoke Light (West Point Va Train Light). I believe it was either Post / Look / or Life Magazine which carried the story of the Train Light in West Point Va. ( Circa mid 60’s / Does anyone know which Magazine and which issue carried the story ? Thank you in advance.

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