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  Category 2, Close Encounters 
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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.

Objects Pull Train
February, 1985
Petrozavodsk and Suoyarvi, Soviet Union

Fran Ridge:
February, 1985; Soviet Union
2:35 AM. A freight train consisting of 70 empty cars and a locomotive was followed to the city of Kostomuksha through Petrozavodsk and Suoyarvi.  The train, piloted by the conductor, Orlov, and his mate, Mironov, passed the station of Essoila, when suddenly, Orlov noticed some strange object behind the trees moving parallel with the train. The object let out a ray of light toward the ground and then drew it in. Mironov could not speak for a moment as he saw the ball cross the railway and start moving 30-50 meters ahead of the train. Orlov tried to stop the engine and slammed on the brakes to avoid collision with the bright ball, but the train would not stop. The men felt as if hypnotized and stared at the mysterious object, a regular geometrical form of about four meters in diameter that moved silently above the surface as if drifting. When the train was approaching the Novye Peski station, Orlov switched on his portable radio and contacted a woman on duty who went out to meet the approaching train and she was surprised to see the shining ball followed by the vibrating object looking like an upturned basin, and then the train appeared, moving at about 60 km per hour. It seemed that the ball might hit the station, but right before the switch, the ball suddenly separated from the diesel locomotive and passed around the building, but the train would not stop and passed right by. The conductor and the mate mention only the ball because they could not see the object resembling an upturned basin from the cab. As soon as the ball passed the switch it immediately rushed to the train. When it moved off the train, its speed reduced at least by half. The diesel locomotive twitched heavily, and the men inside of the cab hit against the windshield. However, the locomotive increased its speed as soon as the shining ball approached the train again. The train managed to stop only near the Zastava station and the ball disappeared behind the forest. The crew had to wait for a train coming from the opposite direction of the city of Petrozavodsk. The conductor got out of the cab to examine the wheels and as soon as he walked around the locomotive he felt some strange force press him against the machine. He could not move, but when he could the man could hardly reached the cab. As soon as he reached the cab, the train started off as if it was waiting for the man to take the seat. The train kept on moving for some time until the shining ball disappeared behind the forest. Those involved in the incident experienced a strong nervous shock. Automatic recorders of the locomotive and other official documents prove the reliability of the strange incident. The shining ball was noticed earlier at the Kutizhma station even before it came across the train #1702. 1 hour 20 mins)he train over 50 kilometers.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/8502XXrussia_report.htm (Theo Paijmans)

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