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Oil rail disasters easily prevented

Saturday’s explosion of a runaway train loaded with oil shouldn’t become a tragedy to be exploited. The Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, just 20 miles from the Maine border, was devastated by the blast. There are 24 confirmed deaths, with many more expected, as the 26 still missing are presumed dead.

Passenger trains

Last November, the penny-stock company Las Vegas Railway Express announced an ambitious, privately financed plan to start a party train with Las Vegas-to-Los Angeles service, with the inaugural trek set for New Year’s Eve. That prospect left the station months ago, unfulfilled.