# SOLUTION: The MRT leaves a station and travels at forty-five miles an hour. Three hours later, a second train leaves and travels at seventy-five miles an hour. How long will it take the seco

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 Question 631024: The MRT leaves a station and travels at forty-five miles an hour. Three hours later, a second train leaves and travels at seventy-five miles an hour. How long will it take the second train to overtake the first?Answer by htmentor(807)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!The 1st train has a head start of 45 mph * 3 h = 135 mi The relative speed of the two trains = 75 mph - 45 mph = 30 mph So it is as if the 1st train is standing still and the 2nd train approaches at 30 mph. So the total time will be 135 mi/30 mph = 4.5 hours