Has a Legendary Nazi Train Filled With Gold Been Found?
2 men say they've uncovered it near Ksiaz castle
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2015 4:03 AM CDT
Updated Aug 20, 2015 7:23 AM CDT
Gold bars are shown.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A Nazi train thought to have gone missing in southwest Poland in 1945 while laden with gold, jewels, and weapons may have been found, if two unnamed men are to be believed. There are few details and plenty of blanks in the story: The treasure hunters aren't revealing the precise location of the train until their request to be allowed 10% of the value of whatever the train holds is granted. Local media say the train is thought to have gone missing near Ksiaz Castle, and the men, a German and a Pole, contacted a law office 2 miles from the castle with their request, reports the BBC. The broadcaster cites a report from Radio Wroclaw regarding the train, which has been searched for previously and is said to have vanished into a tunnel while carrying gold and "hazardous materials."

Radio Poland reports that the Nazis are said to have secretly burrowed through the mountains in the region. As this particular story goes, the tunnel is said to have been sealed off and the location lost to history, reports Reuters. "Lawyers, the army, the police, and the fire brigade are dealing with this," Marika Tokarska, an official with the Walbrzych district council, tells the news agency. "The area has never been excavated before and we don't know what we might find." If the train is indeed there, it could hold riches—the train's rumored stash of 300 tons of gold would be worth roughly $1.09 billion, reports CNBC—or danger. Tokarska tells CNBC, "We can suppose that inside could be also other weapons or even dangerous materials. Even methane gas (could be) inside of the tunnels." Tokarska's statement to Radio Poland suggests there's something there: "There are many details that give credence to the fact that the train has been discovered." (Archaeologists recently made a significant Nazi-related find.)