"In the latter part of the autumn of 1878, between half-past three and four in the morning, I was leisurely walking home from the house of a sick friend. A middle-aged woman, apparently a nurse, was slowly following, going in the same directio... Read more of In Tavistock Place {93} at Scary Stories.caInformational Site Network Informational
Privacy
Home Top Rated Puzzles Most Viewed Puzzles All Puzzle Questions Random Puzzle Question Search


A RAILWAY MUDDLE.





(Moving Counter Problem)
The plan represents a portion of the line of the London, Clodville, and
Mudford Railway Company. It is a single line with a loop. There is only
room for eight wagons, or seven wagons and an engine, between B and C on
either the left line or the right line of the loop. It happened that two
goods trains (each consisting of an engine and sixteen wagons) got into
the position shown in the illustration. It looked like a hopeless
deadlock, and each engine-driver wanted the other to go back to the next
station and take off nine wagons. But an ingenious stoker undertook to
pass the trains and send them on their respective journeys with their
engines properly in front. He also contrived to reverse the engines the
fewest times possible. Could you have performed the feat? And how many
times would you require to reverse the engines? A "reversal" means a
change of direction, backward or forward. No rope-shunting,
fly-shunting, or other trick is allowed. All the work must be done
legitimately by the two engines. It is a simple but interesting puzzle
if attempted with counters.


Read Answer





Next: THE MOTOR-GARAGE PUZZLE.

Previous: A RAILWAY PUZZLE.



Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
ADD TO EBOOK




Random Questions

Chequered Board Divisions.
Chessboard Problems
Exercise For Prisoners.
The Guarded Chessboard
The Dice Numbers.
Money Puzzles
Digital Multiplication.
Money Puzzles
Digits And Squares.
Money Puzzles
The Barrels Of Honey.
Measuring, Weight, and Packing Puzzles.
The Cab Numbers.
Money Puzzles
Romeo's Second Journey
THE PROFESSOR'S PUZZLES
Puzzle In Reversals.
Money Puzzles
Queens And Bishop Puzzle.
Chessboard Problems
The Gardener And The Cook.
Unclassified Problems.
The Broken Coins.
Money Puzzles
The Riddle Of The Tiled Hearth
THE MERRY MONKS OF RIDDLEWELL
The Muddletown Election.
Money Puzzles
The Cross And The Triangle
GREEK CROSS PUZZLES