Aptitude - Problems on Trains

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- Alexander Pope

16.
A train travelling at a speed of 75 mph enters a tunnel 3 miles long. The train is mile long. How long does it take for the train to pass through the tunnel from the moment the front enters to the moment the rear emerges?

Answer: Option

Explanation:

Total distance covered
=
7
+
1
miles
2
4

Time taken
=
15
hrs
4 x 75

=
1
x 60
min.
20

= 3 min.

17.
A train 800 metres long is running at a speed of 78 km/hr. If it crosses a tunnel in 1 minute, then the length of the tunnel (in meters) is:

Answer: Option

Explanation:

Speed =
78 x
5
m/sec
=
65
m/sec.
18
3

Time = 1 minute = 60 seconds.

Let the length of the tunnel be x metres.

Then,
800 + x
=
65
60
3

3(800 + x ) = 3900

x = 500.

18.
A 300 metre long train crosses a platform in 39 seconds while it crosses a signal pole in 18 seconds. What is the length of the platform?

A.
320 m B.
350 m C.
650 m D.
Data inadequate

Answer: Option

Explanation:

Speed =
300
m/sec =
50
m/sec.
18
3

Let the length of the platform be x metres.

Then,
x + 300
=
50
39
3

3(x + 300) = 1950

x = 350 m.

19.
A train speeds past a pole in 15 seconds and a platform 100 m long in 25 seconds. Its length is:

A.
50 m B.
150 m C.
200 m D.
Data inadequate

Answer: Option

Explanation:

Let the length of the train be x metres and its speed by y m/sec.

Then,
x
= 15 y =
x
.
y
15

x + 100
=
x
25
15

15(x + 100) = 25x

15x + 1500 = 25x

1500 = 10x

x = 150 m.

20.
A train moves past a telegraph post and a bridge 264 m long in 8 seconds and 20 seconds respectively. What is the speed of the train?

A.
69.5 km/hr B.
70 km/hr C.
79 km/hr D.
79.2 km/hr

Answer: Option

Explanation:

Let the length of the train be x metres and its speed by y m/sec.

Then,
x
= 8 x = 8y
y

8y + 264 = 20y

y = 22.

Speed = 22 m/sec =
22 x
18
km/hr = 79.2 km/hr.
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