Detector rail

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Detector Rail

Detector rail.png

Name:Detector Rail
Type:Non-solid, crafted
Mine with:Hand
Physics:Requires support, connects
Found naturally:No

The detector rail is a type of rail that gives off redstone power if there is a minecart on it.


The detector rail can be broken instantly by hand.

It drops as an item if there is no block beneath it to support it.


The detector rail is crafted using six iron ingots, a stone pressure plate, and a piece of redstone dust.

Iron_ingot Empty Iron_ingot
Iron_ingot Stone pressure plate Iron_ingot
Iron_ingot Redstone dust Iron_ingot
Detector rail


If there is no block beneath a detector rail, it will break and drop as an item. If there is any type of rail one block towards either side and one block up, it will change its texture to appear connected to that rail. The detector rail allows entities and the player to walk through it, very much like a crafting table. However, minecarts float slightly above the rail.

Redstone power

If there is a minecart on the detector rail, the detector rail will give off redstone power, powering nearby blocks.


Version Date Changes
1.26 May 31, 2014
  • Added detector rails





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