Powered Rail

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Powered Rail
Powered Rail.png
Active Powered Rail.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

0.7

Hardness

0.7

Luminant

No

Transparent

Yes

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

A powered rail is a type of rail that is used to decrease or increase the velocity of moving minecarts.

Obtaining[edit]

Loot[edit]

From block loot[edit]

Powered rails can be crafted and previously-placed powered rails can be broken with bare hands or any tool, dropping themselves as items.

Namespaced IDSourceDrops
Default
blocks/powered_railPowered Rail1 (100%)

From chest loot[edit]

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

Recipes[edit]

From crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Gold Ingot +
Stick +
Redstone Dust

6

Usage[edit]

Info[edit]

A powered rail can be used as a rail and as a redstone component.

To place a powered rail, use a powered rail item while pointing at a surface facing the space the powered rail should occupy. A powered rail can be placed on:

A powered rail cannot be attached to the side or bottom of any block, but attempting to make such an attachment may cause the powered rail to attach to the top of a block under the destination space. For example, if a fence is on the ground, attempting to attach a powered rail to the side of the fence causes the powered rail to be attached to the top of the ground next to the fence instead.

When placed, a powered rail configures itself to line up with any adjacent rails (including activator rails, detector rails, and other powered rails), as well as adjacent rails one block up. If there are two adjacent rails on non-opposite sides, or three or more adjacent rails, a powered rail lines up in the east-west direction. If there are no adjacent rails, a powered rail lines up in the north-south direction (but if a rail is later placed to the east or west, the powered rail re-orients itself in the east-west direction even if it is already connected to another rail to the north or south). If a rail it would line up with is one block up, a powered rail slants upward toward it (with multiple options to slant upward to, a powered rail "prefers", in order: west, east, south, and north). Other configurations can be created by placing and removing various rails.

It cannot be placed suspended in midair, even with commands, which is not unintentional.[1]

Breaking[edit]

Powered rails can be crafted and previously-placed powered rails can be broken with bare hands or any tool, dropping themselves as items. To remove a powered rail, attack it:

Block Powered Rail
Hardness 0.7
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 1.05
Wooden 0.55
Stone 0.3
Iron 0.2
Diamond 0.15
Netherite 0.15
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

A powered rail also drops as an item when the block beneath it is removed, water or lava flows over it,‌[Java Edition only] or a piston moves it into a space with no floor below it.

Block loot[edit]

Powered rail drops itself when broken with the correct tool if any is assigned. Refer to § From block loot for more information.

Rail[edit]

Powered rails (and other rails) can be used as "roads" for minecarts. A minecart that enters a powered rail's space from either end of the powered rail continues to move in the direction the powered rail is facing, but its speed may change depending on whether the powered rail is active or not (see below). A minecart that enters a powered rail's space from the side turns east or south (depending on the powered rail's orientation), or in the downward direction for a slanted powered rail.

Redstone component[edit]

Powered rails can be used to affect the speed of minecarts that travel over them.

Activation
A powered rail is a redstone mechanism and can be activated by:
An activated powered rail also activates any adjacent powered rails it is connected to, up to eight away from the original activation source. Thus a single activation source can activate up to 17 rails (one original in the middle and eight on either side). An activated powered rail does not activate non-connected adjacent rails.
Behavior
An active powered rail:
  • increases the speed of a moving minecart in the direction it is already moving
  • accelerate a non-moving minecart away from a solid opaque block the powered rail is facing (so a non-moving minecart moves away from the block when the powered rail activates, and a moving minecart bounces off a block an active powered rail is facing because it stops and then gets accelerated away)
An inactive powered rail reduces the speed of a moving minecart, usually stopping it within one block's distance even on a downward-slanted track. If a slanted powered rail activates with a non-moving minecart on it, the minecart starts moving downward (because it is no longer being braked by an inactive powered rail) and is then accelerated downward.
Powered rails cannot increase the speed of a minecart to more than 8 blocks per second on either the north-south or east-west axis. The speeds that can be achieved with varying numbers of powered rails or intervals of normal rails between powered rails is complex -- for a thorough discussion, see Tutorials/Minecarts.

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.metal.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.01.216
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.metal.fallNone[sound 1]0.51.2516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.metal.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.7516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.metal.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.01.216
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.metal.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.516

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Breaking the blockdig.metal? 1.2
?Falling on the block with fall damagefall.metal? ?
?Mining the blockhit.metal? 0.75
?Jumping from the blockjump.metal? ?
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.metal? ?
?Walking on the blockstep.metal? ?
?Placing the blockuse.metal? 1.2

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDItem tags (JE)Translation key
Powered Railpowered_rail railsblock.minecraft.powered_rail

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Powered Railgolden_rail 27tile.golden_rail.name

Block data[edit]

[Bedrock Edition only]

Bits Values
0x1
0x2
0x4

A three-bit field storing a value from 0 to 5:

  • 0: flat track going north-south
  • 1: flat track going west-east
  • 2: sloped track ascending to the east
  • 3: sloped track ascending to the west
  • 4: sloped track ascending to the north
  • 5: sloped track ascending to the south
0x8 Set if rail is active.

Block states[edit]

[Java Edition only]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
poweredfalsefalse
true
True if rail is activated.
shapenorth_south east_west
north_south
Specifies the rail's orientation.
ascending_east
ascending_north
ascending_south
ascending_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.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
rail_data_bitfalsefalse
true
True if rail is activated.
rail_direction0 0
1
2
3
4
5
The rail is not ascending.
6
7
8
9
A rail ascends.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Beta
1.5Powered Rail Revision 1.png Active Powered Rail Revision 1.png Added powered rails.
1.6?The effectiveness of powered rails has now been increased as a response to fixing the minecart booster bug.
Java Edition
1.915w44aPowered rails can now be found in abandoned mineshaft chest minecarts.
1.1116w32bAll rail types' hitbox heights are decreased from a full block to a half block.
1.1317w47aThe ID of powered rails has been changed from golden_rail to powered_rail.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 27.
1.1418w43aPowered Rail.png Active Powered Rail.png The textures of powered rails has now been changed.
19w12bPowered rails can now be placed on glass, ice, glowstone and sea lantern.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0build 2Active Powered Rail Revision 1.png Added powered rails, but the rails are always powered.
0.13.0build 1Powered Rail Revision 1.png Powered rails no longer have intrinsic power, i.e. they need to be powered by an external power source.
0.14.0build 1Powered rails can now be found in minecart with chests inside of abandoned mineshafts.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Powered Rail.png Active Powered Rail.png The textures of powered rails has now been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Powered Rail Revision 1.png Active Powered Rail Revision 1.png Added powered rails.
1.90Powered Rail.png Active Powered Rail.png The textures of powered rails has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Powered Rail Revision 1.png Active Powered Rail Revision 1.png Added powered rails.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Powered Rail" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • Powered rails were originally a suggestion for golden tracks.

See also[edit]