The world will know within “three or four days” whether a legendary Nazi gold train lies buried in a secret railway siding in south-west Poland, a team of treasure hunters has claimed. On Tuesday, excavations with heavy equipment began on a railway embankment close to the southern city of Walbrzych, despite independent research concluding they will find only soil and not the fabled train. According to local legend, the train and its cargo of bullion disappeared into the mountains around Walbrzych as the Nazis fled the advancing Red Army in 1945. Its apparent whereabouts remained a source of speculation and rumour until last year when Piotr Koper and Andreas Richter, two treasure hunters, triggered headlines around the world with the claim that they had located the spot where it lay buried. “In three or four days we will know if the ‘gold train’ is buried in Walbrzych,” said Andrzej Gaik, spokesman for the hunters. “It’s not a needle in a haystack. If it’s there, we will find it.”
siehe auch: Dig for Mythical Nazi ‘Gold Train’ Begins in Poland. Despite speculation, a team led by two German treasure hunters is looking for a Nazi-era train at a location between Wroclaw and Walbrzych Despite speculation, a team led by two German treasure hunters is looking for a Nazi-era train at a location between Wroclaw and Walbrzych A search, expected to last a few days, is underway in southwest Poland for a Nazi “gold train” of legend. The train—which has never been proven to exist—could potentially hold up to 300 tons of gold, reported a Polish news source. But all of this remains speculation, as it has for decades. The local legend, according to USA Today: The train is said to have gone missing in May 1945 [when Soviet forces were closing in on the Germans]. Legend says it was armed and loaded with treasure and disappeared after entering a complex of tunnels under the Owl Mountains, a secret project known as “Riese”—or Giant—which the Nazis never finished. At the time the area belonged to Germany but now lies in Poland.
Last year, two German men, Piotr Koper and Andreas Richter, claimed to have located the train in Walbrzych, when “ground-penetrating radar images produced a series of images that resembled a train,” reported Jake Halpern of The New Yorker in a larger piece about the Nazi underground.(…) On Tuesday, Koper and Richter and their group of volunteers began to excavate a site underground tunnel between Wroclaw and Walbrzych, and begin digging beneath the surface. Watch a live stream here. According to Polish journalist Tomasz Borysiuk, the first two digs were unsuccessful. Oh, and that media access costs $250.