If you ever wanted to make a rail system in Minecraft you know that the speed of regular minecart tracks are hardly worth the effort of building the railway in the first place. Luckily, you can also make powered rails in Minecraft that can boost you further. Powered rails will push your minecarts up to eight blocks a second. They can also push you uphill if you place enough of them.
Required Materials for Powered Rails
- Six Golden Ingots
- One Stick
- One Redstone Dust
- Crafting table
Each time you complete this recipe you will make six powered rails. Each golden ingot will yield one powered rail, but you will need six total in order to make the rails to begin with.
The recipe calls for one stick so chop down a log and turn the resulting planks into sticks to have more than you need.
Redstone dust is required to make the powered rails. You will want extra as you need to power the rails with something like a redstone torch.
Finally, you will need the 3x3 crafting menu of a crafting table to make powered rails.
How to make Powered Rails in Minecraft?
Start by finding some gold. You will need at least an iron pickaxe to mine the gold. Gold will spawn below “Y” level 31. Dig deep to find the gold. You can recognize it by its yellow flakes.
While you are down there look for redstone. Redstone spawns below “Y” level 15. You can distinguish redstone by its red specks and how it will glow if you walk on it or strike the block.
Place your gold ore into a furnace and wait for it to smelt into gold ingots.
Once your gold ingots are done smelting, take your ingredients into a crafting table to make the powered rails. Place the gold ingots in the left and right column, a stick in the middle, and a piece of redstone dust below the stick to make powered rails.
That’s it! You now know how to make powered rails.
How to use Powered Rails in Minecraft?
Powered rails are different from regular rails. If they are not powered your minecart will grind to a halt. If they are powered your minecart will get a speed boost. To power your rails place a redstone torch next to the rails or a torch just beneath the block the rail is on top of.
A torch will power any adjacent rails up to nine rails.
To make a railway go quickly make sure you have no bends as this will slow your minecart down, and place powered rail all throughout your minecart track to ensure you can reach top velocity.
How far can a Powered Rail push you uphill?
A powered rail cannot do much on its own. One powered rail going uphill will only push you about four or five blocks uphill. Combining many powered rails together at the bottom only seems to increase your speed additively. To really go uphill you will need to space your powered rails as you are going uphill.
How do you make Powered Rails faster?
Powered rails will only speed you up as you are on top of them. If you have many rails placed in a row the top speed you can reach is eight blocks a second. It seems the only way to make powered rails faster is to place more of them. There used to be ways to create minecart boosters, but it has since been patched. Both the java and bedrock editions of Minecraft no longer support minecart boosters.
If you want a quick way up and down through your mine, powered rails are a must. They will make the trip much shorter and the effort of digging a railway down into your mine is worth it if you can supply the rails with many powered rails. While you may not go at light speed, eight blocks a second can save you time. Especially when going up.