Treasure-hunters hopeful about search for elusive Nazi 'gold train'

Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:04am EDT
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STRUGA, Poland (Reuters) - Treasure-hunters said on Wednesday they were optimistic they would find a Nazi-era train believed to be hidden underground in southern Poland as they launched a second day of excavations.

According to folklore, the train - dubbed by Polish media the "gold train" because it was carrying jewels and guns looted by the Nazis ahead of advancing Soviet forces - was buried in a tunnel in the lower Silesia region in 1945.

Piotr Koper and Andreas Richter said last year they had located a train buried in an embankment near railway tracks connecting the cities of Walbrzych and Wroclaw.

A team of Polish scientists later expressed doubts about whether a train was there. Koper and Richter decided to excavate the embankment at several points.

Two excavations made on Tuesday have been terminated after reaching solid rock with no sign of a tunnel, but a third dig on Wednesday revealed material put in the embankment by human hand, said Christel Focken, spokeswoman for the project.

(Reporting by Reuters Television; Writing by Marcin Goettig; Editing by Andrew Roche)

A cargo train travels in an area where a Nazi train is believed to be, in Walbrzych, southwestern Poland August 30, 2015.     REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File Photo