Optimistic explorers undertake dig for Nazi gold train in Poland

Dozens of people with heavy equipment shrug off doubts that train does not exist. Police and railway security officials patrol a closed area where a search is under way for a Nazi train in Walbrzych, Poland. A group of explorers has begun digging in the area in a quixotic search for a buried Nazi train said to be filled with stolen gold, gems and artworks.  Police and railway security officials patrol a closed area where a search is under way for a Nazi train in Walbrzych, Poland. A group of explorers has begun digging in the area in a quixotic search for a buried Nazi train said to be filled with stolen gold, gems and artworks.  A group of explorers has begun digging in southwestern Poland in a quixotic search for a buried Nazi train said to be filled with stolen gold, gems and artworks – despite experts’ doubts that the train even exists. The excavation, involving heavy equipment near a railway line between the cities of Walbrzych and Wroclaw, started nearly a year after two treasure seekers, Piotr Koper and Andreas Richter, created a frenzy by claiming that they had located the train. According to local lore, it disappeared in 1945 in a secret tunnel system as the Soviet Army advanced west toward Germany. Geologists and engineers at the Krakow University of Science and Technology expressed profound scepticism. “We intend to find a railway infrastructure, an inlet to a railway tunnel, and inside this tunnel, we hope to find the train,” Andrzej Gaik, a spokesman for the treasure hunters, told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday. “But what we will find on the train – that, we don’t know.” The local authorities, who have grown somewhat wary of the hubbub since the initial rush of excitement, allowed the explorers to fence off the site, clear away rubble and cut down some trees, but not with public funds. Koper, a Polish owner of a construction company, and Richter, a German geologist, have refused to be deterred. Over the last few months, they assembled a team of experts and collected the necessary permits to start the excavation process.

via irishtimes: Optimistic explorers undertake dig for Nazi gold train in Poland

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