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October 26, 1954, Châteaudun, Eure-et-Loir:

Reference number for this case: 26-oct-54-Châteaudun. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper La République du Centre for October 28, 1954, reported that in Châteaudun, several railway workers and two employees of the S.N.C.A.N. saw a luminous ball on the tracks, near the crossing of the road of Orleans.

Believing in a hoax, they ran towards the machine, but it began to move, veered into a field and "vanished."

Reports:

[Ref. rc1:] "LA REPUBLIQUE DU CENTRE" NEWSPAPER:

Several railwaymen and two employees of the S.N.C.A.N. saw a luminous ball on the railways, close to the level crossing of the road of Orleans. Believing in a mystification, they ran towards the machine, but it started moving, veered into a field and... vanished.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider indicates that on October 26, 1954, in the evening, in Châteaudun, Eure-et-Loir, several railway workers and two employees of the SNCAN of which no name is given saw a luminous ball on the tracks, close to the crossing from the Orléans road. Believing in a hoax, they ran towards the craft, but it departed, swayed into a field and vanished.

Jean Sider indicates that this comes from the local source "La République du Centre, Orléans, October 28, 1954, p.?"

[Ref. lh1] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4286: 1954/10/26 18:00 1 1:20:00 E 48:05:00 N 3332 WEU FRN E&L 6:8

CHATEAUDUN,FR:SVRL RR MEN RUN twrd LUMn.BALL OVR TRACKS:>OUT OVR FLD+VANISHES!

Ref#217 Jean SIDER: Le DOSSIER 1954 (2 vol.) Page No. 122 : ROAD+RAILS

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens On this Day

October 26

[...]

1954 - At 6:00 p.m. several railroad workers in Chateaudun, Eure-et-Loir, France ran toward a luminous ball of light over the railroad tracks. It floated out over a field and then vanished. (Source: Jean Sider, Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste, p. 122).

[...]

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Eure et Loir in Chateaudun on October 26, 1954 at an unknown hour, "Several railwaymen and two employees of the S.N.C.A.N. saw a luminous ball on the railways, close to the railway crossing of the road of Orleans. Believing in a mystification, they ran towards the craft, but it started to move, obliqued in a field and... disappears."

The source is noted as "Les OVNI vus de près by Gross Patrick ** http://ufologie.net".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 26 October 1954 at 18:00 in Chateaudun, France "Railroad Workers incident." And: "Several railroad workers run toward luminous ball of light over railroad tracks. It floats out over field and vanishes."

And: "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One luminous ball was observed by several male witnesses on a railroad for over one minute."

The source is indicated as Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 26, 1954 - At 6:00 p.m. several railroad workers in Chateaudun, Eure-et-Loir, France ran toward a luminous ball of light over the railroad tracks. It floated out over a field and then vanished. (Source: Jean Sider, Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste, p. 122).

Explanations:

This is a "very low strangeness" case: people see a light, it goes away. It could have been anything from a car headlight to train headlights or a helicopter or a meteor or...

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Châteaudun, Eure-et-Loir, multiple, anonymous, station, railway, ball, luminous, railway crossing, landing, movement

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 4, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 20, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [dj1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross November 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.2 Patrick Gross December 23, 2018 Additions [js1], [lh1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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