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Atomic Train 

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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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Series cast summary:
...  John Seger 2 episodes, 1999
...  Megan Seger 2 episodes, 1999
...  Noris MacKenzie 2 episodes, 1999
...  Wally Phister 2 episodes, 1999
...  Grace Seger 2 episodes, 1999
...  Beau Randall 2 episodes, 1999
...  Reuben Castillo 2 episodes, 1999
...  General Harlan Ford 2 episodes, 1999
Sean Smith ...  Chance MacKenzie 2 episodes, 1999
...  Danny 2 episodes, 1999
...  Kelly Marx 2 episodes, 1999
...  Ed Brown 2 episodes, 1999
...  Stan Atkins 2 episodes, 1999
Yanna McIntosh ...  Christina Roselli 2 episodes, 1999
...  The President 2 episodes, 1999
...  Jane Randall 2 episodes, 1999
...  Tucker Ames 2 episodes, 1999
...  Al Discus 2 episodes, 1999
...  Steve Monroe 2 episodes, 1999
...  Ray 2 episodes, 1999
Norman Armour ...  Savella 2 episodes, 1999
...  Tom Levy 2 episodes, 1999
...  Henry Bradshaw 2 episodes, 1999
...  The Presidential Aide 2 episodes, 1999
...  Chuck Greene 2 episodes, 1999
William S. Taylor ...  Jim 2 episodes, 1999
...  Larry 2 episodes, 1999
Michelle Skalnik ...  Miss Paxton 2 episodes, 1999
...  The Bus Driver 2 episodes, 1999
...  Eldon Jones 2 episodes, 1999
Steve Wright ...  Heli Pilot 2 episodes, 1999
...  Police Pilot 2 episodes, 1999
...  Desk Sergeant 2 episodes, 1999
...  Desperate Man 2 episodes, 1999
...  The Mayor of Denver 2 episodes, 1999
...  FEMA Woman 2 episodes, 1999
...  CNI Anchor 2 episodes, 1999
Rebecca Erickson ...  Steno Hostage 2 episodes, 1999
...  The Prisoner 2 episodes, 1999
...  NEST Man #1 2 episodes, 1999
...  Hank 2 episodes, 1999
...  Fireman Driver 2 episodes, 1999
Rafe McDonald ...  Willy 2 episodes, 1999
...  The Yuppie Driver 2 episodes, 1999
...  Cameraman 2 episodes, 1999
...  Fire Lieutenant 2 episodes, 1999
Mina E. Mina ...  The Elderly Man 2 episodes, 1999
Harrison Coe ...  Dick 2 episodes, 1999
...  Dennis 2 episodes, 1999
...  Mountain Man 2 episodes, 1999
...  FEMA Worker 2 episodes, 1999
Angela Donahue ...  The Mother 2 episodes, 1999
Brenda McDonald ...  Older Woman 2 episodes, 1999
...  The Priest 2 episodes, 1999
...  The Hunter 2 episodes, 1999
Christopher Kennedy ...  The Frustrated Man 2 episodes, 1999
...  NEST Man #3 2 episodes, 1999
Ted Friend ...  News Announcer 2 episodes, 1999
Neil Pollock ...  FEMA Doctor #2 2 episodes, 1999
...  Horse Trailer Driver 2 episodes, 1999
2 episodes, 1999
...  Injured Citizen 2 episodes, 1999


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.


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disaster-related violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »





Release Date:

16 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atomic Train - Disastro ad alta velocità  »

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point the TV reporter refers to the train ' s braking system as "hydraulic brakes". This is also emphasized when you see "brake fluid" dripping from a hose. If they did an ounce of research, they would know that trains operate with a compressed air braking system. No train in existence uses hydraulic brakes. Oh.. also... when two air hoses bust open, the train automatically goes into emergency. And the movie would've been 10 minutes long. See more »


The chase locomotive (Freight 4920) BC Rail colors. On the side the abbreviation TCNRR is painted, but when Ray mutes the radio, and in following shots the side of the radio sill says "BC RAIL SLP 124", which also does not match the number on the side of the locomotive (4920) or the number boards over the windshield (643). See more »


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Complete Stupidity
24 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Working for a railroad in train operations as an engineer, I know how trains work. Several things are wrong with this movie and personally it surpasses what I know as being just plain stupid to reach a new plateau of stupidity and retardation of normal people which I've never known before. For example:

a - when a brake pipe hose between two cars breaks its connection, the rapid drop in break pipe pressure will cause a train to immediately go into emergency and stop. (in the movie they were trying to put it back together to try to stop the train)

b - when a train has electrical problems, such as even a weak battery, safety systems will cause an emergency application of the brakes. This did not happen in the movie.

c - I have never in all my railroading days seen a boxcar with railings on the side and extruding steel for a footwalk to gain access to the door.

d - when the train was creeping at walking speed at the top of the mountain, the people could have EASILY walked to the cars and tied hand brakes stopping the train. Even if all the hand brakes failed (which is an impossibility due to required initial terminal testing on the trains brakes before departure from a yard) a large limb from a nearby tree could have been used to stop the train. *I've done it while working in the yards using a 2x4*

e - when the engine was attached to the rear end and trying to pull the train to a stop, use of dynamic brakes couldn't create so much "strain" as to break a knuckle (the coupling mechanism in a coupler) as depicted in the movie. The knuckle part of a coupler is solid steel, and given the circumstances would be EXTREMELY difficult to break.

f - the crew on the caboose had control of the emergency brake valve on the caboose, and could have placed the train into emergency from the rear.

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