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The Missing Treasure Train: Will It Reappear?

Secret tunnels, a train full of stolen gold and other treasures, and desperate Nazis: it sounds like something from an Indiana Jones movie, but it could be real.

 

Near the end of WWII, so the story goes, an armored train was loaded up with gold, jewels, artwork, and other goods stolen by the Nazis. The German troops were trying to stay one step ahead of the invading Soviet forces, and looking for a place to stash their loot. The train disappeared into a network of tunnels, and has not been seen since, though local legends of its existence have persisted through the decades.

 

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Two men, one German and one Polish, claimed last August to have found the missing train buried deep underground, rather than buried in a tunnel as was previously thought. The dig, expected to take days, is located in Walbrzych, Poland; the team has been using several radar techniques to identify anomalies that show the shape of the missing train.

 

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The two men have released a statement, reading “As the finders of a World War II armored train, we, Andreas Richter and Piotr Koper, declare that we have legally informed state authorities about the find and have precisely indicated the location in the presence of Walbrzych authorities and the police,” according to the AP.

 

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The dig is currently in progress; only time will tell if the legendary treasure train will finally make an appearance.

 

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