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A Hynek Classification of Close Encounter is usually an incident involving an object less than 500 feet from the witness.  The size of the object,  viewing conditions, or stereoscopic vision (depth perception)  may render the object in greater detail and still qualify the sighting as a Close Encounter even though the object may have been beyond 500'.  The incident depicted in the logo was encountered during an intense storm near Princeton, IN,  Aug. 1973.

UFO Paces CNR Passenger Train
October 25, 1967
Wentworth Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada


Fran Ridge:
October 25 1967; Wentworth Valley, Nova Scotia
3:15 PM. Raymond Putnam, rear brakeman on "The Cabot" with Canadian National Railways, was travelling between Halifax and Moncton. He opened the upper half of the door on the left side of the last car, to get a breath of air and glanced up the side of the train by Wentworth Station and saw over the trees a UFO. At first he though it was something falling from the sky because there was green vapor billowing from the top of it that he later thought might be the exhaust end of the object when it was in flight. The UFO was tracking alongside the train at treetop level, negating Putnam's first impression that it was falling. The brakeman tried to watch it but at this point it was giving off such a terrific light or radiation that although it was daylight he had trouble looking directly at it. He put his hands up to cover his face and peered through his fingers, first with one eye, then the other. When he looked away, he had difficulty believing what he was seeing and would look again to reassure himself that he was not imagining it. Fascinated, Putnam continued to watch the UFO as it tagged along beside the train and sometimes just behind it, but still off to the side. Sometimes it would swoop upwards to the tops of the mountains a bit away from the train then would come back to it as the train clacked through more moderate terrain. As it drifted away it seemed to bank, like an aeroplane, "at a 45-degree angle with its rear-top end to the left and later rolled on to a quarter turn so the flat sides were up and down." Suddenly a jet dove down from a high altitude and converged on the object, coming up on it from behind and directly toward the "exhaust end" of the UFO. The object leveled out and a short thin exhaust issued from behind it. Strangely now the object began to elongate turning into a cigar shape, then a cigar shaped cloud, then a long cloud. The cloud/UFO accelerated away to the west and to the left of the sun with the jet in hot pursuit. Two other witnesses. 35 mins. Medical effects. (MUFON's Nova Scotia Director, Steve MacLean, Don Ledger) [See detaied report linked below]

Don Ledger:

The rail line paralleled the Trans-Canada highway between Halifax, NS and Amherst,NS through the Wentworth Valley albeit up on the Wentworth Mountain, on the western side of the highway. Just before Wentworth Station the tracks curve around from a northerly direction to the westward at about 400' ASL. Putnam stated that they were approaching Westchester station which is basically  a mail stop 4.5 miles west of Wentworth station. The position would be approximately 45-37-04 North 63-37-50 West.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/671025canada_report.htm (Don Ledger)


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