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  • She needed the time, yet she wished the train would go faster; but it was the Taggart Comet, the fastest train in the country.
  • "This is the Taggart Comet," she said.
  • The Comet has never been late.
  • Get the Comet in on schedule.
  • The Comet came next and I took it.
  • The winner was not in the room, but he was one of the best men on the system, Pat Logan, engineer of the Taggart Comet on the Nebraska Division.
  • The engineer will be Pat Logan, of the Taggart Comet, the fireman-Ray McKim.
  • Now, these men had climbed the hill to see a silver-headed comet cut through their plains like the sound of a bugle through a long weight of silence.
  • Jim obtained the oil for the Diesels that pulled the Comet and a few of their transcontinental freights.
  • With the first whistling rush of air, as the Comet plunged into the tunnels of the Taggart Terminal under the city of New York, Dagny Taggart sat up straight.
  • They were seventy miles and an hour away from it, when she said, "Hank, do you see the Taggart Comet being pulled across the continent by a coal-burner of that kind?"
  • He wandered through the room, looking at the clusters of waybills that hung on the walls, at the calendar with a picture of the Taggart Comet caught in a proud surge of motion toward the onlooker.
  • "Our Chicago office sent word that they were unable to deliver the flowers, Mrs. Rearden," he said, "because Mr. Rearden is not aboard the Comet."
  • He telephoned from the station in Chicago, and he mentioned that he had to hurry back aboard, as the Comet was about to leave.
  • Standing on the Terminal platform, at a point halfway down the length of the train, Lillian Rearden watched the passengers descending from the Comet.
  • He had shown no concern about the rally until this evening, when he noticed that the Comet was running six hours late.
  • The Comet? …. Well, don’t stand there shaking!
  • "The Comet?" gasped Mitchum, his hand pressing the telephone receiver to his ear, his feet hitting the floor and throwing him upright, out of bed.
  • But we can’t keep the Comet waiting on a siding all night!
  • That one has superiority over everything on the line, including the Comet, by order of the Army.
  • Eighteen hours-for the Comet?
  • It was half-past two when the Comet, pulled by an old switch engine, jerked to a stop on a siding of Winston Station.
  • Am held up on the Comet at Winston, Colorado, by the incompetence of your men, who refuse to give me an engine.
  • Send the Comet through safely and without unnecessary delay.
  • As he looked at Locey’s order, he thought that he could hold the Comet, attach Mr. Chalmers1 car to an engine and send it into the tunnel, alone.
  • He thought of the passengers-the three hundred passengers aboard the Comet.
  • So if you don’t hear from me in half an hour, sign the order and send the Comet through with Number 306 to pull her.
  • The conductor stood by the rear end of the Comet.
  • He looked at the lights of the tunnel, then at the long chain of the Comet’s windows.
  • A switchman stood ready to throw the switch that would send the Comet from the siding onto the main track.
  • He looked at the Comet as it came slowly toward him.
  • Some of the passengers aboard the Comet were awake.
  • The Comet, none the less, was so ordered to proceed.
  • It appears, as far as can be established at present, that the Comet was stalled just beyond the point where the tunnel makes a sharp curve.
  • What is known is that the Freight Special crashed into the rear of the Comet.
  • The Terminal manager downstairs has cancelled all transcontinental traffic for today, including tonight’s Comet.
  • Phone the Terminal manager downstairs and tell him to put all transcontinental trains back on the schedule at once, including tonight’s Comet.
  • By the time tonight’s Comet Teaches Kirby, Nebraska, the track will be ready.
  • I’ll take tomorrow’s Comet.
  • Eddie? …. Have them hold the Comet for me…… Yes, tonight’s Comet.
  • Eddie? …. Have them hold the Comet for me…… Yes, tonight’s Comet.
  • "The Comet?" he asked mildly.
  • Have them meet me in my car aboard the Comet.
  • I had to see her off-she has just left, on the Comet…… Yes, tonight, just now…. Yes, she’s gone…… Yes, it was a sudden decision-within the past hour.
  • The train was half-empty; few people had ventured across the continent on the first Comet since the tunnel disaster.
  • It was an old steam engine, the best that the railroad had been able to provide for the Comet.
  • The Comet is stalled seven miles north of here.
  • "Listen," she said into the phone, "do you know that the Comet was due at Bradshaw over three hours ago?"
  • Call the Taggart trainmaster at Laurel, report the Comet’s delay and explain to him what happened.
  • I’ll undertake to remain in charge for you and to deliver the Comet to your man at Laurel.
  • It was the young brakeman of the Comet.
  • "I heard it aboard the Comet," he said.
  • She asked involuntarily, "Did the Comet reach San Francisco?"
  • Will you take the Comet?
  • He saw, in astonished horror, that the choice which he now had to make was between the lives of his children and the lives of the passengers on the Comet.
  • When she was ready, he carried her suitcase to a taxicab, then down the platform of the Taggart Terminal to her office car, the last at the end of the Comet.
  • The order stated that he was to send the Comet through "safely"-wasn’t a division superintendent expected to know what was safe?-"and without unnecessary delay."
  • If he warned all the men on his list, he thought, there would be no one to run that engine, so he would save two lives and also three hundred lives aboard the Comet.
  • I’ll take the Comet.
  • We checked with the New York office of Taggart Transcontinental, just to make certain, and were told that Mr. Rearden’s name is not on the passenger list of the Comet.
  • It appears that an Army Freight Special, westbound, carrying a heavy load of explosives, had been given no warning about the presence of the Comet on the track just ahead.
  • This is the Comet!
  • In the moment when she knew what experience had once made her want to surrender to the immediate present-it had been the night in a dusty coach of the Comet, when she had heard the.
  • On the Comet?
  • Through some astounding infraction of safety rules-in circumstances not yet fully established-the Comet, westbound for San Francisco, was sent into the tunnel with a coal-burning steam locomotive.
  • He looked up uneasily, when they came to switch his engine to the head end of the Comet; he looked up at the red and green lights of the tunnel, hanging in the distance above twenty miles of curves.
  • It is said that catastrophes are a matter of pure chance, and there were those who would have said that the passengers of the Comet were not guilty or responsible for the thing that happened to them.
  • "Yes, sir," he answered numbly Dave Mitchum departed for Fairmount, announcing to every yardman, switchman and wiper in sight, as he boarded the track motor car that he was going in search of a Diesel for the Comet.
  • I should like to have two dozen roses delivered to Mr. Rearden’s drawing room aboard the Comet…… Yes, today, this afternoon, when the Comet reaches Chicago…… No, without any card-just the flowers…… Thank you ever so much.
  • I should like to have two dozen roses delivered to Mr. Rearden’s drawing room aboard the Comet…… Yes, today, this afternoon, when the Comet reaches Chicago…… No, without any card-just the flowers…… Thank you ever so much.
  • It was a private car, which Chalmers had demanded and obtained for his journey; it was attached to the end of the Comet and it swung like the tail of a nervous animal as the Comet coiled through the curves of the mountains.
  • It was a private car, which Chalmers had demanded and obtained for his journey; it was attached to the end of the Comet and it swung like the tail of a nervous animal as the Comet coiled through the curves of the mountains.
  • With the door closed, he repeated to the boy the story of the Diesel at Fairmount, as he had given it to Brent, and the order to send the Comet through with Engine Number 306, if the boy did not hear from him in half an hour.
  • Every Diesel we own is out on the road, pulling the Comet and the transcontinental freights, and there wasn’t a spare one anywhere on the system, except-well, that was an exception I wasn’t going to mention to Mr. Clifton Locey.
  • When he handed their copies of the order to the conductor and the engineer of the Comet, the conductor glanced slowly about the room, from face to face, folded the slip of paper, put it into his pocket and walked out without a word.
  • The Comet uncoiled from the siding into a thin, straight line, and went on into the mountains, with the beam of the headlight like an extended arm pointing the way, and the lighted glass curve of the observation lounge ending it off.
  • It is doubted that the engineer of the Freight Special, turning a curve at eighty miles an hour, would have been able to see, in time, the observation window of the Comet’s last car, which was brightly lighted when it left Winston Station.
  • The details of the story were obtained from Luke Beal, fireman of the Taggart luxury main liner, the Comet, who was found unconscious at the western portal of the tunnel this morning, and who appears to be the sole survivor of the catastrophe.
  • With the conscientious precision of a railroad man, in the moment when the hand of the clock ended the half-hour, he signed his name to the order instructing the Comet to proceed with Engine Number 306, and transmitted the order to Winston Station.
  • The locomotive of the eastbound Comet broke down in the middle of a desert in Arizona.
  • It was only the fact that the Comet was in exile, he thought, mat gave him this sense of pressing anxiety.
  • He had to get the Comet out of here, he thought.
  • He wondered why he felt it with such urgency and why it had seemed so crucially important to re-establish the Comet’s run.
  • Eddie answered fiercely; he knew dimly that what he meant was more than the Comet …. and more than the railroad.
  • The passengers of the Comet were peering out of the windows; some were descending the steps and approaching.
  • "This is the Taggart Comet," said Eddie Willers, choking.
  • You’re not abandoning the Comet?
  • "Don’t abandon the Comet!" cried Eddie Willers.
  • He did not watch while the last men ever to ride the Taggart Comet were transferred to the covered wagons.
  • He heard a sharper rustle close by-and he saw the small gray shape of a rabbit rise on its haunches to sniff at the steps of a car of the Taggart Comet.
  • Just tell me whether I understood that Unificator correctly: he wants you to cancel the Comet for two days in order to give her engines to a grapefruit special in Arizona?
  • The Comet, eh?
  • He stood still and, in the enormous silence, he heard the rustle of tumbleweeds stirring in the darkness, like the chuckle of an invisible army made free to move when the Comet was not.
  • Some of the better-dressed ladies from the Comet-whose husbands had apparently been first to make a deal-were climbing aboard the covered wagons, sobbing and clutching their delicate makeup cases.
  • Eddie pulled himself to the window of the cab: the Comet’s passengers and crew were crowding around the leader of the caravan and his semi-ragged companions; he was waving his loose arms in gestures of command.
  • Looking away, she remembered suddenly Jeff Alien, the tramp aboard the Comet, in the moment when she had admired him for attempting to tell her that he knew where he was going, to spare her the burden of his aimlessness.
  • "Look, Dave," said Bill Brent, knowing that Mitchum would stall for another hour rather than formulate a decision, "you know that there’s only one thing to do: hold the Comet at Winston till morning, wait for Number 236, have her Diesel take the Comet through the tunnel, then let the Comet finish her run with the best coal-burner we can give her on the other side,"
  • "Look, Dave," said Bill Brent, knowing that Mitchum would stall for another hour rather than formulate a decision, "you know that there’s only one thing to do: hold the Comet at Winston till morning, wait for Number 236, have her Diesel take the Comet through the tunnel, then let the Comet finish her run with the best coal-burner we can give her on the other side,"
  • "Look, Dave," said Bill Brent, knowing that Mitchum would stall for another hour rather than formulate a decision, "you know that there’s only one thing to do: hold the Comet at Winston till morning, wait for Number 236, have her Diesel take the Comet through the tunnel, then let the Comet finish her run with the best coal-burner we can give her on the other side,"
  • He had never had to work so hard; he had done his job as conscientiously well as he had always done any assignment; but it was as if he had worked in a vacuum, as if his energy had found no transmitters and had run into the sands of …. of some such desert as the one beyond the window of the Comet.
  • She thought of Hank Rearden as he sat at his desk, now, two thousand miles away, his face tightened into a retaining wall against agony, as it had been tightened under all the blows of all his years-and she felt a desperate wish to fight his battle, to fight for him, for his past, for that tension of his face and the courage that fed itas she wanted to fight for the Comet that crawled by a last effort across a desert on a crumbling track.
  • He knew only that he had obtained immunity for the terminal from the leaders of three different warring factions; that he had found a man for the post of terminal manager who did not seem to have given up altogether; that he had started one more Taggart Comet on her eastward run, with the best Diesel engine and the best crew available; and that he had boarded her for his return journey to New York, with no knowledge of how long his achievement would last.
  • Mr. Rearden will be in New York tomorrow, arriving on the Comet, Mrs. Rearden," said Miss Ives’ clear, courteous voice.
  • (’Send out orders that the Comet is to stop at every division point," she said, "and that all division superintendents are to prepare for me a report on-" He glanced up-then his glance stopped and he did not hear the rest of the words.
  • "How d’ do," said the man without interest, then turned to Eddie and proceeded, as if she were not present: "You just take the Comet off the schedule for tomorrow and Tuesday, and shoot the engines to Arizona for the grapefruit special, with the rolling stock from the Scranton coal run I mentioned.
  • If you think we’ll catch hell for holding the Comet, it’s nothing to what we’ll catch if we try to stop that Special.
  • What in hell is going on? I never heard of the Comet being held up!
  • Hell, yes!-the Comet.

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