RAY: Here's the answer. The hint I gave was that there was something unusual between Rochester and wherever the train is headed. And what's unusual is this route consists of a bunch of hills that are pretty closely spaced. Imagine the following scenario.
The train with 60 cars is trying to climb one of these hills. As it nears the top, it is pulling all 60 cars up the hill. And, the engineer says, the drivers are beginning to slip. I ain't gonna make it. If only I had some help!
And the help would come from an additional 20 cars attached to the back of the train still on the down slope of the previous hill. The force of gravity is going to push the train up over the next hill! Who's our winner?
TOM: The winner is Ray Johnson from Titusville, Florida. Congratulations, Ray!
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