We had many correct solutions to this one including a spreadsheet from Brian, Michael, Jon, James, Eli and Sam from Queen's College Junior School in Taunton, showing how far the trains and fly had travelled at each second after the trains set off.
Thomas from Darley Dale Primary School explained his solution like this:First, you had to work out the distance travelled before the two trains collided, thus causing the 'Unhappy Ending'. This worked out as 500m (half of 1000m.).
Joe from Haslingfield worked it out as follows:The trains are 1000m apart.
Well done to you all and to everyone else who answered this problem correctly: Steven from Whybridge Junior School, Robert from Ardingly College Junior School, Charlotte from Winterton Juniors, Helena, Sarah and Tom from Colyton Grammar School, Samuel from Geneva English School, Charlie and Ian from William Lovell School, Natalie, Matilda and Laura, Elle and Cat from The Mount School, Mandy Appleyard from Ashlyns School, Lawrence from Beecroft Public School (NSW, Ausralia), Salma from Balwearie High School, Andrew and Yuming from The Perse School for Boys, Alex from St Edwards School, Matthew from Waverley Christian College, Sean from St. Andrew's School...