How to build powered rails in minecraft

Powered rails are one of the many types of transportation you can create in the game Minecraft. Six powered rails will be produced at once during the crafting process.

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In a Nutshell:

To make Powered rails, open the crafting area made up of the 3×3 grid. Fill the entirety of the 1st and 3rd columns with 6 Gold Ingots, then place a wooden stick in the center of the crafting grid and 1 Redstone directly underneath it. Now simply click the rails and drag it into your inventory.

Chest loot

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Powered Rail Mineshaft Chest 1–4 27.1%
Bedrock Edition
Powered Rail Mineshaft Chest 1–4 27.1%

UsageSee also:

Both a rail and a redstone component can be created from a powered rail.

Use a powered rail item to point at a surface facing the area the powered rail should occupy in order to place it. A powered rail can be placed on:

While it is impossible to attach a powered rail to the side or bottom of any block, doing so may result in the powered rail attaching to the top of a block beneath the destination space. For instance, when trying to attach a powered rail to the side of a fence that is on the ground, the powered rail may end up being attached to the top of the ground next to the fence instead.

A powered rail is placed with the ability to line up with any other powered rails, activator rails, detector rails, and rails that are one block higher. A powered rail aligns in the east-west direction if there are two adjacent rails on non-opposite sides or three or more adjacent rails. A powered rail aligns itself in the north-south direction if there are no other adjacent rails; however, if a rail is later installed to the east or west, the powered rail changes its orientation to face east-west, even if it is already connected to a rail to the north or south. A powered rail “prefers,” in the following order: west, east, south, and north, to slant upward toward a rail that it would line up with if it were one block up. Rails can be added and removed to create different configurations. Unlike their unpowered counterparts, powered rails are always straight, just like detector and activator rails.

Even with commands, it cannot be made to hang in midair, which is not an accident. [1].

RailMain article:

Minecarts can travel along powered rails and other rails. Regardless of whether a powered rail is active or not, a minecart entering a powered rails space from either end of the rail continues to move in the direction the rail is facing. However, the speed of the minecart may change (see below). Depending on how the powered rails are oriented, a minecart entering a powered rails space from the side turns either east or south, or downward if the powered rails are slanted.

Redstone componentSee also:

Powered rails can be used to modify the speed at which minecarts cross them.

Data values

Name Identifier Form Block tags Item tags Translation key
Powered Rail powered_rail Block & Item prevent_mob_spawning_inside rails rails block.minecraft.powered_rail
  • Blocks Direct Item Form ID, used in add-ons and savegame files
  • Available with /give command.
  • The block’s ID is shared by the block’s direct item form.

Block statesSee also:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
powered false falsetrue True if rail is activated.
shape north_south east_westnorth_south Specifies the rails orientation.
ascending_eastascending_northascending_southascending_west A rail that ascends toward the direction noted. For example, an ascending_west rail is a straight rail that goes upward from the east toward the west.
waterlogged false falsetrue Whether or not theres water in the same place as this rail.
Name Metadata Bits Default value Allowed values Values for Metadata Bits Description
rail_data_bit 0x8 false falsetrue 01 True if rail is activated.
rail_direction 0x10x20x4 0 0 0 flat track going north-south
1 1 flat track going east-west
2 2 sloped track ascending to the east
3 3 sloped track ascending to the west
4 4 sloped track ascending to the north
5 5 sloped track ascending to the south
6789 Unsupported Unused

Data history

On the bug tracker, problems with “Powered Rail” are kept up to date. Report issues there.

  • Powered rails were originally a suggestion for golden tracks.
  • Power on.
  • Power off.

See also

Minecraft – Powered Rail and Minecart Basic Track Setup


How far apart do powered rails need to be?

One popular and many believe the most effective way to distribute powered rails is to do so every 38 blocks on level ground.

How do you power a minecart in Minecraft?

Right-clicking the furnace while holding coal or charcoal will cause the train to move in that direction. Make sure to activate the train while standing behind it to ensure that it is moving in the intended direction. Minecart trains can operate on either northerly or southerly oriented rails.

How many rails do I need for a powered rail?

Any minecart ascending a slope needs three powered rails in a row to reach its top speed and two powered rails every two blocks to maintain it. When carrying a chest or hopper, a minecart needs three consecutive powered rails to reach top speed and eight blocks between powered rails to maintain that speed.

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