A passenger train travelled at a speed of 72 km/h. A man on the passenger train observed a goods train travelling at a speed of 54 km/h in the ...opposite direction. If the goods train passed him...

A passenger train travelled at a speed of 72 km/h. A man on the passenger train observed a goods train travelling at a speed of 54 km/h in the ...

opposite direction. If the goods train passed him in 8 seconds, find the length of the goods train.

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The man in the passenger train is travelling at 72 km/h. He observes a goods train travelling in the opposite direction at 54 km/h. The relative speed of the goods train to the passenger is 72 + 54 = 126 km/h.

The goods train passes the passenger in 8 seconds.

The distance travelled by the goods train in 8 seconds is (126000/3600)*8 = 280 m

The required length of the goods train is 280 m.