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The Taggart Comet breaks down in the mountains of Colorado

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The Taggart Comet breaks down in the mountains of Colorado, stranding a train full of passengers.  Replacement diesel engines aren't available, only a coal burner that isn't safe to navigate through the  lengthy tunnel on the Comet's route. Kip Chalmers, a prominent politician riding the Comet on his  way to a rally in San Francisco, bullies the railroad employees into bringing the coal-burning engine  despite the risks involved. The coal burner is attached, and the worst possible result occurs:  Passengers and crew are asphyxiated in the tunnel. An army munitions train, running off its normal  schedule, slams into the stalled Comet in the tunnel. Its armament detonates, bringing tons of  mountainside down on the Taggart Tunnel. Ragnar Dannesjk ö ld tells Rearden that he's out to destroy Robin Hood, the man who, according to  legend, stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Ragnar, by contrast, steals from the poor to give to 
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