The full case report reads:
25 October 1967 3:15 pm ASTMr. XXXXXXX, Box 23, Brookfield, Colchester Co., NS
Also seen by two other witnesses In a letter to the Canadian Forces, Putnam writes:
“On October 25, 1967, 3:15 pm AST, while going from Truro to Moncton on the “Cabot Train,” my job being the rear brakeman or flagman, I had the experience of seeing at close range a UFO. It was at the side of the track and at treetop level. When I first looked up at it I thought of something falling from the sky, as there was green vapour coming billowing from the top of it (which was the exhaust end when in flight). It gave off a terrific radiation, as I tried to look at it I covered my face with my hands and peered through my hands with one eye and then the other. It seemed as I looked away from it that I could not believe my eyes and it was difficult to visualize what I had seen. It followed along beside and at the rear of our train from just ¼ mile part Wentworth or nearly to Westchester and then followed the top of the mountain range toward the west. As it drifted away from our train it tipped to a 45 degree angle, the rear top end to the left and later rolled on ¼ turn so the flat sides were up and down. Shortly, a jet from a higher altitude came in sight, diving, at the same angle the demon was positioned, and directly towards the exhaust end of the UFO. The UFO then levelled out and a thin short exhaust was seen from behind it until it took on the shape of a cigar and it just looked like a cloud, with the jet plane pursuing it. The jet caught up with it as far as I could see when they went out of sight (we are not at Nappan) toward the west at to the left of the Sun, time 3:50 PM AST. Two men on the train witnessed the “thing.” A sleeping car conductor and an inspector from Montreal, I have their names. One week after, the hair on the back of my hands disappeared and my hands seemed to wither up some, they felt funny. My eyes got sore and seemed swelled hard. Two weeks later I thought I was taking pneumonia. My chest or ribs in front got sore. My throat got sore and still is. My forehead got greasy and later seemed to dry up. Now my eyes are sore and I had to get my glasses changed but they are still sore. I reported this to the RCMP and thought the Air Force would contact me and I’d get some help but have heard nothing. I tried to talk to my doctor and have asked him for penicillin but he refused. I guess he thinks I’m nuts. Can you tell me anything about the thing: what kind of radiation, atomic, electro-magnetic, solar or what? What medication? I would like to talk to the crew on the plane that chased it sometime. Any help you can give I will greatly appreciate.”
The duration of the sighting is noted as 40 minutes.
The report on file noted: “No exercises were held by our base in that area at the time specified. A letter has been sent to Mr. XXXXXX acknowledging receipt of his letter and the forwarding of the information.”
There is no indication that this case was ever followed up. One would think that even out of curiosity, someone at the military base or within the RCMP would have contacted him to see how he was doing. It's doubtful this was a hoax, because he reported it to two different official agencies. If he was mistaken (and the other two witnesses were as well), it's not clear what this might have been. Far too long for a bolide. A military vehicle?