Detector Rail Variants

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Detector Rail Variants
Grid Soulforged Steel Detector Rail.png
Type Detection
Stackable Yes (64)
First Appearance 1.40



While the detector rails were a nice addition to the game, one common complaint in vanilla Minecraft is that they can't detect the contents of a minecart. These variations on the detector rail allow you to do just that.

These are two additional detector rails: wood and soulforged steel while the original stone detector rails are changed as follows.

  • Wood detects any minecart passing over it (Same properties as stone detector rail when Minecraft is not modded)
  • Stone detects any occupied minecart (furnance, chest, mob, player, ..)
  • Soulforged Steel detects only a minecart which has a player inside.

These changes can be extremely useful in routing carts to various locations in an automated rail network.

Crafting

Name Ingredients Input » Output
Detector Rail Iron Ingots,
Redstone Dust,
Wooden Pressure Plate
Iron (Ingot)
 
Iron (Ingot)
Grid layout Arrow (small).png
Wooden Detector Rail
GridNumbersCSS.png
Iron (Ingot)
Wooden Pressure Plate
Iron (Ingot)
Iron (Ingot)
Redstone (Dust)
Iron (Ingot)
Detector Rail Iron Ingots,
Redstone Dust,
Soulforged Steel Pressure Plate
Iron (Ingot)
 
Iron (Ingot)
Grid layout Arrow (small).png
Soulforged Steel Detector Rail
GridNumbersCSS.png
Iron (Ingot)
Soulforged Steel Pressure Plate
Iron (Ingot)
Iron (Ingot)
Redstone (Dust)
Iron (Ingot)

Applications

  • Automatic cart sorting station
  • Minecart clock with different intervals/sequences on one track

Keep in Mind

Demonstration Video

Better Than Wolves Lab - Detector rails & Obsidian pressure plate

Note: Before version 4.85, the obsidian pressure plate was used instead of the soulforged steel pressure plate for the exact same purpose.