Move the Train

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A train engine that was pulling over a hundred cars loaded with freight came to a stop at a junction. The engine detached and a new train engine backed up and coupled onto the long line of freight cars. The new engine then tried to move forward. It tried several times, using full throttle, but was unable to budge the long line of heavy freight cars.

The engineer put the train into reverse, backed up a few feet, and then tried to move forward. The train then moved down the track, pulling the long line of freight cars behind it without any problem. Why?
Robin D. B.

 

Mini-Contest 22 - Move the Train is FINISHED

 
It was our twenty-second Mini-Contest. Now we'd like to propose this contest's results and the solution to this great puzzle. With this Mini-Contest 22 is finished.

We thank you for your participation, and look forward to the next Mini-Contests. Happy Puzzling!
 
 

Contest Results

 
The winners are:
1. Bryan Feir.
2. Geoffrey Mayne.
3. RockyABQ.
4. Jim Haines.
5. Michele Ely.
 
Last Updated: September 30, 2007  |  Posted: July 14, 2002
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