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New Search For Nazi 'Gold Train' In Poland

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Explorers in Poland have begun to look for a legendary Nazi "gold train", even though decades of precious searches have failed to uncover any hidden treasure.

According to local legend, a train loaded with valuable items disappeared in May 1945 as the Germans escaped the advancing Soviet army at the end of World War II.

It is said to have vanished after entering a complex of tunnels under the Owl Mountains.

The journey is thought to have been part of a secret project called "Riese", or Giant, which the Nazis never completed.

Late last year, geological experts said they had found no evidence of a train after using magnetic equipment at the location in the city of Walbrzych.

Also last year, the search team claimed to have located it, deep in the earth using radar equipment.

Excavations are under way in the city of Walbrzych

Spokesman Andrzej Galik said that six companies using different radar devices had detected anomalies underground, indicating the shape of a tunnel.

"The results of the ground-penetrating radar examinations are very promising," Mr Galik said.

"It's so exciting and we count on success."

Following the new claims, treasure hunters arrived from across Europe.

Such was the excitement that a government official initially said he was "99% sure" the train was there.

Historians, however, say the train's existence has never been proven.

Should the explorers turn out to be correct, the World Jewish Congress has reminded the Polish authorities that any valuables belonging to Jewish people killed in the Holocaust must be returned to their rightful owners or their heirs.

At the time of the claimed disappearance, the area belonged to Germany.

It has been part of Poland since borders were moved in the postwar settlement.  The search is expected to last for several days.

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