A train filled with atomic devices threatens to destroy the city of Denver. John Serger (an NTSB agent) has to prevent this from happening
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 John Seger (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Megan Seger (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Noris MacKenzie (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Wally Phister (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Grace Seger (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Beau Randall (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Reuben Castillo (2 episodes, 1999)
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 General Harlan Ford (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Chance MacKenzie (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Danny (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Kelly Marx (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Ed Brown (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Stan Atkins (2 episodes, 1999)
Yanna McIntosh ...
 Christina Roselli (2 episodes, 1999)
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 The President (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Jane Randall (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Tucker Ames (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Al Discus (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Steve Monroe (2 episodes, 1999)
Stephen Dimopoulos ...
 Ray (2 episodes, 1999)
Norman Armour ...
 Savella (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Tom Levy (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Henry Bradshaw (2 episodes, 1999)
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 The Presidential Aide (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Chuck Greene (2 episodes, 1999)
William S. Taylor ...
 Jim (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Larry (2 episodes, 1999)
Michelle Skalnik ...
 Miss Paxton (2 episodes, 1999)
David Fredericks ...
 The Bus Driver (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Eldon Jones (2 episodes, 1999)
Steve Wright ...
 Heli Pilot (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Police Pilot (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Desk Sergeant (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Desperate Man (2 episodes, 1999)
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 The Mayor of Denver (2 episodes, 1999)
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 FEMA Woman (2 episodes, 1999)
Terry David Mulligan ...
 CNI Anchor (2 episodes, 1999)
Rebecca Erickson ...
 Steno Hostage (2 episodes, 1999)
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 The Prisoner (2 episodes, 1999)
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 NEST Man #1 (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Hank (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Fireman Driver (2 episodes, 1999)
Rafe McDonald ...
 Willy (2 episodes, 1999)
Kevin Conway ...
 The Yuppie Driver (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Cameraman (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Fire Lieutenant (2 episodes, 1999)
Mina E. Mina ...
 The Elderly Man (2 episodes, 1999)
Harrison Coe ...
 Dick (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Dennis (2 episodes, 1999)
Greg Michaels ...
 Mountain Man (2 episodes, 1999)
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 FEMA Worker (2 episodes, 1999)
Angela Donahue ...
 The Mother (2 episodes, 1999)
Brenda McDonald ...
 Older Woman (2 episodes, 1999)
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 The Priest (2 episodes, 1999)
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 The Hunter (2 episodes, 1999)
Christopher Kennedy ...
 The Frustrated Man (2 episodes, 1999)
Dmitry Chepovetsky ...
 NEST Man #3 (2 episodes, 1999)
Ted Friend ...
 News Announcer (2 episodes, 1999)
Neil Pollock ...
 FEMA Doctor #2 (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Horse Trailer Driver (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Injured Citizen (2 episodes, 1999)
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A waste disposal company has a Russian nuclear bomb to transport, and an employee decides to save money by concealing it on a freight train. The train, also loaded with hazardous and flammable chemicals, suffers a brake failure and becomes a runaway heading for Denver. A wreck would be bad enough, but much, much worse if the bomb goes off. A heroic NTSB investigator boards the train; he and the railwaymen try various ways to stop the train, but nothing works. Meanwhile Denver residents are struggling to collect their families and then leave town, despite rioters and gridlock. Will the train have to be derailed to stop it? If it does derail, will the bomb explode, and if it does, what then? Written by Anonymous

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The Final Stop Is Deadly.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for disaster-related violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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16 May 1999 (USA)  »

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Atomic Train - Disastro ad alta velocità  »

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Trivia

The locomotives pulling the runaway train are MLW/ALCO M420s. See more »

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Although many people think that a nearby explosion or fire cannot cause an atomic device to detonate, this isn't necessarily so. While an atomic explosion is a very difficult thing to cause, it is not unknown for accidental detonations of the high explosives in atomic weapons to take place when they are exposed to fire, extreme impacts or nearby explosions. Although modern devices are designed to be very safe and almost immune to such a high explosive detonation leading to a nuclear explosion, older devices from the 1940s and 1950s weren't as safe, and it was known that any high explosive detonation could lead to at least a partial nuclear detonation. This was why most weapons of that era had removable nuclear cores that were only inserted into the weapon after take-off and after orders for attack had been received - With the core removed, there was no chance of a crash or fire leading to a nuclear explosion. After the 1950s, design improvements made many nuclear weapons "one-point safe", meaning that the accidental firing of one of the detonators in the device had a one-in-a-million chance of causing a measurable nuclear yield. However, some device designs still in use today cannot be made completely "one-point safe", and so remain at risk of accidental detonation. Most at risk are so-called "gun-type" devices similar to the Little Boy bomb dropped on Hiroshima, which have only a single detonator, and any accidental firing of this detonator will always cause a nuclear explosion. Although little-used today, this design was used for the four bombs built in the 1980s by South Africa. As the internal design of most Russian devices is unknown, it is not impossible that a Russian device could use this design and so be very prone to an accidental detonation. See more »

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"Improbable" isn't a strong enough word
25 May 1999 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

For a reality check, please digest these facts and compare them to the fiction of this mini-series:

**Nuclear weapons are no longer transported on trains in the U.S.

**Nuclear weapons are never armed when transported.

**Nuclear waste and nuclear weapons are NEVER transported together.

**Nuclear waste is transported in containers designed to withstand extraordinary external challenges (i.e. fire of 2000 F, impact of a locomotive at 80 mph, water immersion, sabotage, etc.).

**In the past 30 years, nearly 3,000 shipments of used nuclear fuel has been transported safely via highways and railways in the U.S., as have more than 45 million packages of radioactive materials.

**Eight containers have been involved in transit accidents. All remained intact with no release of radioactive material.

**The first priority of federal, state and local agencies who regulate shipments of radioactive materials is the safety and welfare of the public.


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