Talk:Detector Rail

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Found somthing in German about the Detector Block: Source/Quelle: Eines der moch geplanten Features wird ein neuer Block sein, der vermutlich in Minecraft 1.5 schon eingebaut wird: The Detector Rail (die Detektor Schiene), die erkennt, ob ein Minecart auf dem Schienenabschnitt steht bzw. fährt und dann ein elektronisches Signal (Redstone) abgibt. Das Signal wird nach aktuellem Stand der Planung unabhängig davon abgegeben, ob das Minecart besetzt oder leer ist.

Detector Rail was a planned feature - maybe content of 1.5

The Detector Rail is a new block which recognizes if a minecart is on (that?) track. It gives an electrical siglan (redstone). It does not matter if the cart is used or empty. –The preceding unsigned comment was added by Ian76g (Talk|Contribs) . Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Crafting Image[edit]

For here (and the Crafting page) we need a crafting image. Can someone please upload one?

Done! Grid Detector Rail.png --TheKax 16:33, 19 April 2011 (UTC)
Got noooo idea how to get it there... Some who can, please add it there. --TheKax 16:34, 19 April 2011 (UTC)
Done --Theothersteve7 19:51, 19 April 2011 (UTC)


Nice, its great this was made. Perhamps if they want to make some detectors which would not detect empty carts, it would be better to make different one instead of changing current one. There are two types of pressure plates, why not different detector rails.... --TakeruDavis 16:39, 19 April 2011 (UTC)

Yea it would be nice if they would make one with a wooden plate that filled that role, then make the stone plate one only be affected by a player. —Neithan Diniem 19:36, 19 April 2011 (UTC)

Added a short video on crafting and properties.SniperCharlie 19:22, 19 April 2011 (UTC)


I can't upload images for whatever reason, so here's the large image. If someone could upload it and put it into the article, that would be great. I already ran it through OptiPNG.

EvilHom3r 18:09, 19 April 2011 (UTC)

Getting main image[edit]

How do you get it perfect like that? I really would like to know. Cool12309(T|C) 23:57, 19 April 2011 (UTC)

Take it from the blocks.png file, then use a decent image editor to increase its size. -AlphapT~C 04:34, 20 April 2011 (UTC)
Yea, I kinda figured that out when looking at the terrain.png. Thanks anyways. Cool12309(T|C) 05:19, 20 April 2011 (UTC)

Old bug[edit]

Do we really need to list an old bug in the trivia section? --Tinaun 20:19, 10 May 2011 (UTC)

Yes, for historical purposes. Calinou - talk × contribs » 20:39, 10 May 2011 (UTC)

How about the fact that detector rails seem to have an issue powering powered rails on a slope (whilst trying to go up, obviously) - is this a bug? Cokaigne 17:51, 2 September 2012 (UTC)


Where should somebody write suggestion? Or is there some mod capable of this? Detecting a cart, or just simply object, but not right on itself as DetectRail, Plate, but on closeby positions or inbetween A and B part (want cart stopped on sloped unpowered PowRail and be able to detect if it is there or if rail is empty - dont want bool memory, it doesnt remember after server restart, right.) Alternatively, does anybody know how to make server remember bool value? Some mod similar to CraftBook(we dont have that one yet, but we plan it), which would place(set 1) and remove(set 0) a cube block or something like that.--TakeruDavis 17:23, 26 May 2011 (UTC)

The place for suggestions in the minecraft forum. Go there. 00:19, 10 July 2012 (UTC)

New Bug/Feature?[edit]

Although this was present in previous versions, placing two diagonal detector rails next to each other will cause both to act like an empty cart detector. Any layout can be used, as long as the both detector rails are put in right next to each other like this: \/, with no rails between them. Attempting to run through them w/o a person inside causes no redstone signal, but with a person inside, a redstone signal. Can someone confirm this? 02:59, 23 May 2012 (UTC)Master7432

Non renewable?[edit]

Why the heck does it say renewable: no? You can get redstone from trades and iron from zombies, and you can get pressure plates from smooth stone, smelted from cobblestone, which is renewable 01:57, 18 October 2012 (UTC)

Duration of activation[edit]

How long does the rail emit power after the cart moves off? Is there a minimum pulse length? I can determine it experimentally but I'd rather someone add it from a reliable source.