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February 3, 2011

The man in line behind him all but sneered at Dan. “The maglev doesn’t even use a tenth of the power a flight would use. And it moves faster than this line does.”

The train was six cars, including the main engine and two cargo cars. Of the three passenger cars, one was empty, one was somewhat crowded (everyone seemed to know one another), and the only passenger in the third car was the grumpy. Dan was about to head for the empty car when the man, who was reading, said, “They’ll uncouple that car before we leave."