Which Way Is This Train Going?

In which direction does this #train move? From which end of the tunnel is it arriving from? It might be both! Check if you can “see” a different direction each time you look at it? If you stare long enough, you might even make the train change its course. Today’s illusion works in the same manner, our famous Spinning Girl does. After all, there is no definitive answer, since the animation loops through just a few frames. On the other hand, if you recognise the station, you just might know the true answer after all ;)

50 Replies to “Which Way Is This Train Going?”

  1. Great! Especially because it almost takes no effort to make it change direction, in contrast to the spinning girl, which is extremely difficult to change direction.

  2. Very cool.

    If I look from the tunnel side, it would appear to be coming toward us, where the opposite seems true if looking from the right.

  3. It’s coming towards the camera, because the people on the platform are looking at the arriving train. If the train was going the other way, the people would be looking the other way.

  4. It’s coming into the screen, but then that’s only because I go through Charing Cross Station every day and know which side of the train the platform is on!

    1. Totally agree. It’s Charing Cross Station and on that part of the station the train is arriving into the station

  5. This is a similar effect to the wagon wheels on cowboy films seemingly turning backwards. As I cannot see any signals at the end of the platform, and passengers are looking in this direction, I’m inclined to think the camera is pointed to where the train comes in from the previous station.

  6. The train is going in.
    Guy in the back looks like he is looking for
    the train to come in.

    The woman is holding her daughter waiting for the train to stop.

    There is no one shown leaving

  7. That’s definitely the London Underground. The writing seems to say Charring Cross. Based on the direction the people on the platform are facing expecting the train, the train is coming out of the tunnel and into the station.

  8. I can easily change the direction on this one, unlike the spinning lady who I can over see her rotating in one direction which frustrates me no end. I like this one :)

  9. Charing Cross underground station… Train is coming toward the camera… I’ve never been to Charing Cross though! Never even knew it exsisted until today.

  10. Obviously London and 99% Charing Cross station. So the train is actually coming towards the camera.

  11. Charing Cross, Northern line heading south, coming out from the tunnel and travelling towards the camera.

  12. U believe the post is wrong,you can tell which way the train is coming, using deducting reasoning.

    The train is coming towards you.

    If you look at the far part, it clearly comes towards you.

    If you look at the part near you it LOOKS like it is going away from you.

    But that is an illusion caused by the frame rate of the camera.

    Such frame rate illusions work best when the object is larger and less so when it is smaller.

    Therefore the smaller part is real and the larger part is the illusion.

  13. I can easily make it switch directions. Also its clearly coming into the station seeing as the people are getting up to get on to it.

  14. It’s impossible to tell which way the train is going through by looking ONLY at the train. If you concentrate and thing logically about the rest of the image and how they are position with relation to the train, then it is possible to tell which way is going. I know the answer but why be a party pooper and ruin the fun?!

  15. On the London Underground, the trains always arrive from the left hand end of the platform, so the train is travelling towards the camera.

  16. I’m a bit disappointed by this “illusion”.
    This is simply two images being displayed alternatively so I don’t get the illusion because there’s no real movement involved.

    For the station, the name is written on the wall (Charing Cross)

  17. judging by the people looking to the left, the train might be running from left to right entering the station…

  18. It’s coming in. You can see by the people looking that way which they only do if they wait for the train to stop.

  19. it’s going forward into the tunnel. By using the red or blue doppler effect you can tell whether the train is coming toward you or away.

  20. It is coming towards us. It’s the spacing of the red portion of the cars that makes them look like they are dropping away towards the tunnel…I think.

  21. The train runs away from the camera.
    You can see that by the lettering below the windows.
    But is smartly done.

  22. its obviously coming from the right because its on the london under ground and every train in the country arrives at a station from the right

    1. That’s not true. There are plenty of platforms both on the London Underground and mainline rail networks where trains arrive from the left, including the northern line platforms at Charing Cross where these photos were taken.

  23. coming in on northern line going north from embankment arriving at Charing Cross.

    yep people are waiting

    eeh I am becoming a nerd

  24. Can’t the train just be passing through? At new street a lot of trains just pass through the line without actually stopping and that is a major city station.

    Who knows for sure. Great illusion :)

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