CAT Practice : Speed Time, Races

Trains A and B

    Q.28: Two trains left from two stations P and Q towards station Q and station P respectively. 3 hours after they met, they were 675 Km apart. First train arrived at its destination 16 hours after their meeting and the second train arrived at its destination 25 hours after their meeting. How long did it take the first train to make the whole trip?
    1. 18h
    2. 36h
    3. 25h
    4. 48h


  • Correct Answer
    Choice B.36h

Detailed Solution

Total distance travelled by both the trains before meeting = D. This distance will be covered in the proportion of their speeds. Clarify with the diagram.

3 hours after meeting distance travelled by A = SA x 3 and by B = SB x 3

Therefore, 3 (SA + SB) = 675 =) SA + SB = 225.

Now the remaining distance to be covered by first train is DSB/(SA + SB). Therefore, time taken = ---------- (1)

Similarly, ---------- (2)

Dividing equation 1 by 2 -

. Therefore, => SA = 125 Km/hr and SA = 100 Km/hr

From equation 2, h which is the time taken for the first train to complete the journey.

Correct Answer: 36h

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