Station X of length 900 meters has two station masters A and B. But as the station is not a busy one, they are mostly jobless and decide to conduct an experiment. They stand at either end of the station and decide to note the exact time when trains cross the stationmasters. They synchronize their watches and proceed to either end of the station. Two trains P and Q go past the station (neither train stops here), and after having taken down their readings, the station masters sit down to have a chat

A: Train P entered the station at exactly 8:00:00

B: Train Q entered the station at exactly 8:00:10 (10 seconds past 8)

A: The last carriage of train P crossed me by at 8:00:20, and precisely two seconds after this, the engines of the two trains went past each other. (Engines are at the front of the train)

B: The last carriage of train Q crossed me 22 seconds after the engine of P went past me.

A: After the last carriage of train P crossed by me, it took 35 seconds for the engine of train Q to cross me.

B: I got bored and I came here.

1. What is the length of train Q?

2. At what time do the rear ends of the two trains cross each other?

3. How far from station master A do the rear ends of the two trains cross each other?

4. You are told that the two trains enter the station at the same times mentioned and the length of the two trains are unchanged. Furthermore, train P continues to travel at the same speed (as computed above). At what minimum speed should train Q travel such that the rear ends of the two trains cross each other at a point within the length of the platform?

Happy cracking

Bee,

Good question there … A logical reasoning question which involves fairly intense calculations … Heard that such questions are becoming more frequent in CAT.