Powered Rail

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Powered Rail
Powered Rail.png
Active Powered Rail.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava?


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


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
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 Haste § Instant mining.

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.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Gold Ingot +
Stick +
Redstone Dust


Chest loot[edit]

Powered rails can be found in 27.1% of chest minecarts in Mineshafts in stacks of 1–4.


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.


Namespaced IDSourceDefault
blocks/powered_railPowered Rail (100%)


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.

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.
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.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDSubtitle keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.metal.break subtitles.block.generic.break 1.01.216
NoneBlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.metal.fall None 0.51.2516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.metal.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit 0.250.7516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.metal.place subtitles.block.generic.place 1.01.216
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.metal.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps 0.151.516

Bedrock Edition:

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]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Powered Railpowered_rail block.minecraft.powered_rail

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric IDTranslation key
Powered Railgolden_rail 27tile.golden_rail.name

Block data[edit]

[Bedrock Edition only]

Bits Values

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
True if rail is activated.
shapenorth_south east_west
Specifies the rail's orientation.
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
True if rail is activated.
rail_direction0 0
The rail is not ascending.
A rail ascends.



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 Rail.png Active Powered Rail.png The textures of powered rails has now been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Powered Rail Revision 1.png Active Powered Rail Revision 1.png Added powered rails.
PlayStation 4 Edition
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 relating to "Powered Rail" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Powered rails were originally a suggestion for golden tracks.

See also[edit]