The MONON Railway UFO Encounter.
"...we had just pulled past a little spot called Wasco. There's no town there - just a kind of crossroads. It was there we first noticed four
lights in the sky ahead of us. They were moving lights. At first they looked like stars but we realized they weren't stars because they were moving -
we could see that." "They were moving in a sort of open V formation. By that I mean that there was no light at the forward point of the flight, just
the two 'wings' with two Lights in each 'wing' - angled off at about 45 degrees from each other. I must have spotted them first. After I had
watched them for about 15 seconds, I called them to the attention of the other men in the cab with me. They watched the lights, too..."
At around 3:20 A.M. on Friday October 3rd, 1958... the crew on southbound freight train number ninety one, enroute from Monon to Indianapolis,
Indiana, reported seeing an unidentified flying object in the night sky above and behind their train. In one of the most intriguing cases from the
1950s, this object seemed to have followed and toyed with the half mile long train for over an hour. The first to notice the lights in the locomotive
cab was the engineer even though the other two men in the cab with him did not notice the lights. That was until the engineer made it clear to them
that something wasn't right. As the train, and the lights, were moving along towards Indianapolis. After a few minutes of the objects flying back and
forth across the tracks in front of the train. The engineer notified the men on the caboose at the rear of the train as to what was going on in front.
One of the crewmen in the engine described the objects as having wings of two lights at a forty five degree angle that made up the object.
The crew in the caboose at the rear and in the locomotive in the front of the train all described the object as to have been running step by step with
the train according to their observations as the train was proceeding on southward. This object was keeping pace with something that was moving at
around thirty to fourty miles per hour with no problem. Any normal fixed wing or fixed rotor type of aircraft would have went into a stall and crashed
at that low of a speed. For something like that to have occurred, the object or objects had to have had some sort of control as to were it could have
done such a low speed without crashing. Whoever or what ever was controlling this object or objects knew what it was doing. If we have the technology
to produce craft that can fly at very low speeds. It is being hidden very well and under intense security levels at the Federal level.
After a few minutes had passed since the objects had first flew off to the east and disappeared from the rear of the train. The men at the where still
observing the objects . A couple of miles further down the tracks, these objects reappeared only to not only be visible from the front of the train.
It has been described that these objects hovered over every single car that was in the freight trains' fifty six car consist. After the object had
flew over the entire length of the train. These objects were then spotted by the rear brakemen and conductor following the train in the caboose. It
was then that the objects started flying behind the rear of the train. When the two men on the caboose had spotted the objects again. They were
described as the middle two were flying on edge and rear two tilted back towards the east from which they had reappeared. Maybe the objects had done
this so as to not collide with each other while following the train.
It was then that the conductor got the idea to shine a five beam flashlight back towards the objects. The flashlight used at the time being close to
some thing like this shown in an old newspaper advertisement.
Every time that the rear end conductor would shine this light, the objects would seem to scatter. It is almost like whoever was controlling these
objects were not concerned with the beam of light coming from the flashlight itself. It seems like they may have been focused more on either what the
train was carrying or how it was operated and how these pieces of machinery worked.
What really surprises me about this is that the MONON dispatcher overheard the entire incident who was located in LaFayette, Indiana at the time. Yet
the dispatcher paid no attention to the commotion that was coming from a train that was under his movement governing authority. Did the dispatcher
ignore the radio traffic because he did not want to get involved in the commotion or was he talking to another train on the line behind or infront of
the train that was encountering the objects? Logic says that he did not get involved with the other train because he was dealing with another train on
another part of the line closer to either Indianapolis, Indiana or Louisville, Kentucky where the line ended. I would have thought the dispatcher
seeing as to how he governed any and all train movements over that line would have at least been a slight bit concerned as to what was going on with
the other train.
After all these years of railfanning and studying up on railroad incidents that have occurred over the years. I never thought that I would have
discovered, or even heard about, such a ufo encounter like this. Yet alone one with this many witnesses in one place at one time. Even one like this
that has so many credible witnesses at the time that the encounter took place. I've chased trains for years and I never thought that I would stumble
upon a case as to where an unidentified flying object chased a train for over an hour. I've heard of trains striking things like trees and
rockslides. To be quite honest, I never really thought that I would read about or hear about something like this.