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Another site, Wiadomosci Walbrzyskie, said (in Polish) the train was 150m long and may have up to 300 tonnes of gold on board.
Two people in Poland claim to have found a long-lost train carrying a cargo of gold, gems and weapons.
The train, which was said to be laden with hundreds of tons of gold, allegedly disappeared near to the city of Wroclaw in Poland in 1945 just as the Soviets were advancing on the country.
For more than 60 years the final whereabouts of the locomotive remained something of a mystery but now two men in Poland have come forward claiming that they know exactly where it is and will reveal its location to local authorities in exchange for a percentage of its cargo's value.
Early indications suggest that the train could be 150m long with more than 300 tonnes of gold on board however at this point it isn't clear if it really has been found or if the whole thing is a hoax.
City officials in Walbrzych have since formed an emergency committee to investigate the claims.
Two news websites in Walbrzych said the train that was found had guns on turrets along its side. One website, walbrzych24.com, said (in Polish) that one of the men was Polish and the other German.
They were liaising with officials in the city, who have since formed an emergency committee led by the mayor to investigate the claims, the website says.
originally posted by: Rexamus
Okay this may be a dumb question, but, how does one lose a train? Follow the tracks right? There is something I'm not understanding here...
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originally posted by: Mugly
how is it possible that the train was not found before now?
thats crazy man
i dont know what a fair percentage is for the people who found it. i would think a couple mill would be a nice little finders fee.