The two recent Amtrak mini-derailments bring up the important issue of transportation safety. People don't really mind delays, but safety is another matter. We all know that air travel is safer than driving, but where stands rail? I have a sense that European Rail travel is probably safer than air travel, but what about Amtrak? Amtrak carries probably less than 1% of the airlines' passenger volume, and yet there has been almost as many derailments as air accidents in the past 15 years (that I can remember), excluding Sept 11. Does anyone know where to find some hard data about rail, air and road safety? I am interested in fatality rate per 100 million miles travelled (the usual way to measure safety). Thanks!