UFO Report: “Subject: Fostoria, Ohio, late October 1977 Close Encounter From a Train”

By Francis Ridge, 29 July 2007
Quote from the report:
“On this night, possibily the 21st of October, the engineer who we shall call Howard J. Albert, was sitting in his locomotive cab on the main line track. It was cold and clear. Several box cars had been cut loose and were parked to the south of the switch track to the warehouse. The engine was coupled up to the rest of the cars which were being moved into position within the warehouse. At about 3:20 AM Howard saw what looked to be a shooting star to the west; it curved down out of the northwest. He was sitting in his cab facing southbound. The first box car blocked his view in this direction. The light came down in the field toward Route 23 between him and the church. Slowly, at about the speed of a walking man, it came toward him across the field. It was approximately 16 feet off the ground and stopped on the other side of the tracks between four and five box car lengths away – 180 to 270 feet.
Howard picked up his radio and called out to his conductor who was about seven or eight car lengths down the track, ‘Donald…come up to the engine.’ Donald replied by radio and asked what was happening. Howard answered, ‘Hey, we got a g- d— UFO up here.’ By this time the UFO had moved to within two car lengths of the track.
The object was ‘birthday cake’ or disk shaped, about 90 feet in diameter and 45 feet high. It was brightly lit, with banks of nine vertical ‘tubes’ separated by a dark void space that reflected no light. Short horizonal tubes ran over the top and bottom of these voids. The bottom of the disk could be seen; it appeared like ceramic and was ‘the color of a common kind of knife sharpening stone…gray with a trace of lavender.’ No windows, ladders, antenna, or markings of any sort were observed. There was no sound associated with the disk.”

Satellite photo of Fostoria, Ohio(tageo.com)

(tageo.com photo)

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