A lost train filled to the brim with filthy Nazi gold from more than 70 years ago may be more than a flimsy tall tale, reprised by two men out of nowhere who claimed to have solid evidence, last year. According to a few researchers, not only may it be real — if it is, they say — they’re about to find it.

This from the Washington Post:

One year after claiming to have traced it, a team of 35 researchers that includes Piotr Koper and Andreas Richter will start digging for it Tuesday morning. A report they worked on found that soil anomalies could hint at the train’s existence, but another study — by the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland — found no evidence for that. The latter study, though, concluded that a tunnel may be at the location where Koper and Richter will now put their theory to the test.

The committee consists of volunteers rather than Polish officials, who refrained from participating in the search efforts.

The story of a Nazi-era train with valuable art, gems and gold that disappeared at the end of World War II in 1945 has circulated for decades. It is thought to have been last seen near the city of Wroclaw, which is today part of Poland, and researchers and hunters have been unable to find the tunnel complex in which it is thought to be hidden.

While there is concrete, radar printouts of vehicles down in the area where the old, infamous tunnel once was, they may be just a series of rusty tanks. Or, they could be a line of track cars housing more than 300 tons of the most coveted mineral on the planet — so says a Polish media outlet.

The origin of this mysterious, incalculable haul is rooted in one of the worst atrocities in human history.

Again, from WaPo:

… the history of Nazi gold is well documented. Using jewelry from Jews and other prisoners who had been sent to concentration camps, the Nazis melted the metal into ingots. When Allied forces advanced at the end of World War II, the Nazis transported that gold back to Germany amid fears that it might fall into Soviet hands. Experts say that not all of it has been found.

Stay tuned to the blog for any further developments regarding this bizarre story.