Hovered noiselessly over railroad tracks for a time, then took off straight up.
Object was seen in night sky, in 1956, in Memphis, TN.
Time of year was possibly fall, September/October.
My mother and I witnessed this object hovering in the sky over the nearby railroad tracks.
It appeared to be a dull orangish color, and glowed as if illuminated from within.
I could clearly make out detail on the outside of the object, which was more or less cylindrical in shape, though jointed.
The closest known shape I could describe would be a fire hydrant-like shape.
It hovered soundlessly for a short time, and then took off straight up, very fast.