A team has begun digging for the rumored Nazi ghost train

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Search for mystery gold train enters new phase

On Tuesday a team in Poland began digging for a World War II-era Nazi train, rumored to be filled with stolen gold, The AP reports.

Last August, two amateur treasure hunters said they had "irrefutable proof" of the train.

Andreas Richter and Piotr Koper claimed they used ground-penetrating radar to locate the train, which is somewhere alongside a railway between the towns of Wroclaw and Walbrzych in southwestern Poland.

"The train isn't a needle in a haystack," Andrzej Gaik, a retired teacher and spokesman for the renewed effort to search for the train, told Agence France-Presse.

"If it's there, we'll find it," Gaik said.

Photos of the start of the dig in Poland:

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Heavy machinery begins the search, the work of explorers hoping to find a legendary Nazi train laden with treasure and armaments in Walbrych, Poland, on Tuesday Aug. 16, 2016. The search attests to the power of a local legend claiming a Nazi 'gold' train disappeared in a mountain tunnel as the Germans escaped the advancing Soviet army at the end of World War II. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Workers dig the ground as excavations are under way aiming to verify the existence of the so-called 'Nazi Gold train' in Walbrzych, Poland, on August 16, 2016. Piotr Koper and Andreas Richter, who reported finding the so-called 'Nazi Gold train' in August 2015, relaunched their search for a lost Nazi gold train allegedly loaded with loot and buried in southwestern Poland, despite there being no scientific evidence it exists. / AFP / NATALIA DOBRYSZYCKA (Photo credit should read NATALIA DOBRYSZYCKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Piotr Koper gives a press conference on the progress of excavations aiming to verify the existence of the so-called 'Nazi Gold train', in Walbrzych, Poland, on August 16, 2016. Treasure hunters Piotr Koper and Andreas Richter, relaunched their search for a lost Nazi gold train allegedly loaded with loot and buried in southwestern Poland, despite there being no scientific evidence it exists. / AFP / NATALIA DOBRYSZYCKA (Photo credit should read NATALIA DOBRYSZYCKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers dig the ground as excavations are under way aiming to verify the existence of the so-called 'Nazi Gold train' in Walbrzych, Poland, on August 16, 2016. Piotr Koper and Andreas Richter, who reported finding the so-called 'Nazi Gold train' in August 2015, relaunched their search for a lost Nazi gold train allegedly loaded with loot and buried in southwestern Poland, despite there being no scientific evidence it exists. / AFP / NATALIA DOBRYSZYCKA (Photo credit should read NATALIA DOBRYSZYCKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers dig the ground as excavations are under way aiming to verify the existence of the so-called 'Nazi Gold train' in Walbrzych, Poland, on August 16, 2016. Piotr Koper and Andreas Richter, who reported finding the so-called 'Nazi Gold train' in August 2015, relaunched their search for a lost Nazi gold train allegedly loaded with loot and buried in southwestern Poland, despite there being no scientific evidence it exists. / AFP / NATALIA DOBRYSZYCKA (Photo credit should read NATALIA DOBRYSZYCKA/AFP/Getty Images)
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'There may be a tunnel. There is no train.'

In December, after analyzing mining data, Polish experts said there was no evidence of the buried train.

Janusz Madej, from Krakow's Academy of Mining, said the geological survey of the site showed that there was no evidence of a train after using magnetic and gravitation methods.

"There may be a tunnel. There is no train," Madej said at a news conference in Walbrzych, according to the BBC.

Koper insists that "there is a tunnel and there is a train," and that the results are skewed because of different technology used, The Telegraph reports.

Photos of part of the Nazi tunnel line within Poland:

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This file photo from March 2012, shows a part of a subterranean system built by Nazi Germany in what is today Gluszyca-Osowka, Poland. According to Polish lore, a Nazi train loaded with gold, and weapons vanished into a mountain at the end of World War II, as the Germans fled the Soviet advance. Now two men claim they know the location of the mystery train and are demanding 10 percent of its value in exchange for revealing its location. (AP Photo,str)
FILE - This Oct.2010 file picture shows the Ksiaz Castle in , Poland. During World War II, Adolf Hitler began to build a system of long tunnels underneath the castle. According to Polish lore, a Nazi train loaded with gold, and weapons vanished into the mountain at the end of World War II, as the Germans fled the Soviet advance. Now two men claim they know the location of the mystery train and are demanding 10percent of its value in exchange for revealing its location. (AP Photo/str)
WALBRZYCH, POLAND OCTOBER 20: (SOUTH AFRICA AND POLAND OUT) A tunnel that is part of Nazi underground complex on October 20, 2015 In Walbrzych, Poland. The mysterious underground Nazi city Riese where it is alleged the legendary Nazi Gold Train is hidden. In September 2015 the Polish Army started to examine the neighborhood where it is alleged that two treasure hunters hid a Nazi train filled with guns and jewels. Polish authorities are almost certain they located the train between 61km to 67km on the railway track between Wroclaw to Walbrzych. Local legend says the train mysteriously went missing in January 1945, moments before the end of World War Two. (Photo by Adam Guz/Getty Images Poland/Getty Images)
WALBRZYCH, POLAND OCTOBER 20: (SOUTH AFRICA AND POLAND OUT) A tunnel that is part of Nazi underground complex on October 20, 2015 In Walbrzych, Poland. The mysterious underground Nazi city Riese where it is alleged the legendary Nazi Gold Train is hidden. In September 2015 the Polish Army started to examine the neighborhood where it is alleged that two treasure hunters hid a Nazi train filled with guns and jewels. Polish authorities are almost certain they located the train between 61km to 67km on the railway track between Wroclaw to Walbrzych. Local legend says the train mysteriously went missing in January 1945, moments before the end of World War Two. (Photo by Adam Guz/Getty Images Poland/Getty Images)
WALBRZYCH, POLAND OCTOBER 20: (SOUTH AFRICA AND POLAND OUT) Nazi era railroad tracks, which are believed to lead to the underground city beneath the Ksiaz Castle, on October 20, 2015 In Walbrzych, Poland. The mysterious underground Nazi city Riese where it is alleged that the legendary Nazi Gold Train is hidden. In September 2015 the Polish Army started to examine the neighborhood where it is alleged that two treasure hunters hid a Nazi train filled with guns and jewels. Polish authorities are almost certain they located the train between 61km to 67 km on the railway track between Wroclaw to Walbrzych. Local legend says the train mysteriously went missing in January 1945, moments before the end of World War Two. (Photo by Adam Guz/Getty Images Poland/Getty Images)
Workers are clearing shrubs and trees from the alleged site of a hidden World War Ii Nazi tunnel that, according to two explorers, might contain an armored train with precious minerals in Walbrzych, Poland, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. The Nazi built a system of tunnels and bunkers in the mountains around Walbrzych and local lore, based on research of explorers says they hid a gold train in one of them in 1945. (AP Photo/Natalia Dobryszycka)
Policemen talk to a man at a road block between Walbrzych and Wroclaw, on September 28, 2015 where a rumoured World War II 'gold train' is searched. The area where the Nazi train is supposed to be hidden is now fenced and guarded and soldiers are preparing for searching as treasure-hunters claimed to have located two more Nazi built railway tunnels in southwestern Poland. AFP PHOTO / PIOTR HAWALEJ (Photo credit should read PIOTR HAWALEJ/AFP/Getty Images)
An evacuation tunnel under Ksiaz Castle in Walbrzych, Poland on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 that the Nazis built most probably for Adolf Hitler, leading to massive shelters that are part of a giant system of tunnels and bunkers around Walbrzych and believed by some explorers to hold a gold train that the Nazis allegedly hid in 1945 from the Red Army. Polish authorities recently said that two unidentified men used radar to locate an armored train deep under the woodlands around Walbrzych, and believe it could be the so-called Nazi âgold train.â Rumors have swirled for decades about the train, also said to be filled with weapons, though there is absolutely no evidence that it ever existed. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
An evacuation tunnel under Ksiaz Castle in Walbrzych, Poland on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 that the Nazis built most probably for Adolf Hitler, leading to massive shelters that are part of a giant system of tunnels and bunkers around Walbrzych and believed by some explorers to hold a gold train that the Nazis allegedly hid in 1945 from the Red Army. Polish authorities recently said that two unidentified men used radar to locate an armored train deep under the woodlands around Walbrzych, and believe it could be the so-called Nazi âgold train.â Rumors have swirled for decades about the train, also said to be filled with weapons, though there is absolutely no evidence that it ever existed. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
An evacuation tunnel under Ksiaz Castle in Walbrzych, Poland on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 that the Nazis built most probably for Adolf Hitler, leading to massive shelters that are part of a giant system of tunnels and bunkers around Walbrzych and believed by some explorers to hold a gold train that the Nazis allegedly hid in 1945 from the Red Army. Polish authorities recently said that two unidentified men used radar to locate an armored train deep under the woodlands around Walbrzych, and believe it could be the so-called Nazi âgold train.â Rumors have swirled for decades about the train, also said to be filled with weapons, though there is absolutely no evidence that it ever existed. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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Local folklore

According to a local myth, the train is believed to have vanished in 1945 with stolen gold, gems, and weapons when the Nazis retreated from the Russia.

During the war, the Germans were building headquarters for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in Walbrzych's medieval Ksiaz Castle, then called the Furstenstein Castle.

Below the castle, the Germans built a system of secret tunnels and bunkers, called "Project Riese."

The train is in one of these hidden passages, says Tadeusz Slowikowski, the main living source of the train legend. Slowikowski, a retired miner who searched for the train in 2001, believes the Nazis blew up the entrance to the train's tunnel.

"I have lived with this mystery for 40 years, but each time I went to the authorities they always silenced it," Slowikowski told The Associated Press. "For so many years. Unbelievable!"

Slowikowski believes it is near the 65th kilometer of railway tracks from Wroclaw to Walbrzych.

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