Hilarious phrase of the day: The train "toots like an apparition."
Ah, yes, the old 'farting ghost' trope?
Was it from someone writing in British English? Toot means to briefly sound the horn on your vehicle. However, even in that context the phrase is really badly written - I suppose they might be trying to get across that the sound of the train's whistle was similar to the stereotypical wail of a ghost but, if so, there are many better ways of getting that idea across.
Train whistles toot here, too. But ghosts are typically of living things, and I was making a joke because tooting is also used to refer to flatulence.
I like the idea of a train sounding ghostly, but a tooting apparition is more Casper the Friendly than Moaning Myrtle, IYKWIM.