Rails are blocks on which you can place carts and ride on them. Place them on the ground to build your railway, the rails will automatically connect to each other and will turn into curves, T-junctions, crossings and slopes as needed.
There are 3 types of rails: Rail, Powered rail and Brake rail. They differ in cart physics:
- Rails will slightly slow down the cart due to friction, and you have to constantly punch the cart to keep moving
- Brake rails will slow down carts much more than rails
- Powered rails will accellerate carts and keep them moving, even on slopes
Rails were decorative blocks which served no purpose other than decoration, because there were no carts until Minetest Game 0.4.14. In Nov 21, 2016,
boost_cart has been merged as the
In 0.4.14, brake rails and powered rails were added along carts, and the texture of T-junctions has been changed.