Reader Quiz : Which Way Is My Train Moving?

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19 Responses to Reader Quiz : Which Way Is My Train Moving?

  1. lectrikdog says:

    I’m gonna guess that you are moving the same direction as the freight, and the FT is passing your commuter train. 😉

    • lectrikdog says:

      of course the commuter could be stopped and the cameraman bobbing up and down to create an illusion. Or the freight stopped… there’s simply no way to tell whether the frame of reference is moving and which way? I see five possibilities: 1&2 either train could be stationary but not both, 3 Both moving to the right but Freight is faster, 4 Both moving left but commuter is faster, 5 Both moving in opposite directions. I’m with the ‘not enough information’ [Nobama] crowd. Most likely is that the commuter train is leftbound passing a stopped freight to merge back onto the track ahead of it, But I’ve personally experienced all five possibilities I listed above.

  2. Billy Liar says:

    Everything’s relative.

  3. gator69 says:

    Towards its destination?

  4. darrylb says:

    I could see the illusion with another train. But then it passed a concrete structure. You got me!!! 🙂

  5. darrylb says:

    Or maybe you are considering the spin of the earth, you know, like the AGW spin 🙂

  6. darrylb says:

    Or dah, maybe someone else is taking a picture of the train you are one—the other train?

  7. Robertv says:

    As long as it is your decision which way to move .

  8. Krakatoa says:

    To the left, and there is nothing you can do bout it.

  9. The same direction as the engine is moving.

  10. Nobama says:

    The correct answer is: Not enough information to determine this.

  11. Tom Woods says:

    The direction your train is moving is forward, comrade.

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