The mine carts and rails system in vanilla Minecraft can be a bit boring. The system isn’t fully fleshed out, and that has opened the door for modders like CovertJaguar. CovertJaguar has created a mod called Railcraft which seeks to completely redefine the rail riding experience in Minecraft.
Railcraft is a large mod that adds plenty of new features into the game. It adds a number of tools that players can use to create the perfect railway track system, and it also adds new mine cart physics with different drag rates and collision coding.
Using the Railcraft mod, players can link carts together to make a real train. A working signalling system helps carts avoid head-on collisions and a crowbar allows players to adjust rails on the fly.
Instead of chasing your mine cart around the map hoping to catch a ride, Railcraft 1.6 allows players to board and hold rails. Once you’re on-board, the cart will speed off to your destination. There are new types of rails, like the launch rail (shoots players wherever they need to go), or the junction rail. There are also control rails that allow players to easily choose where their cart needs to go.
There are also a number of new and unique carts in the game, including the explosively fun TNT cart, an Industrial Craft-inspired energy cart, a tank cart for transporting liquids, and an elevator cart for moving up and down quickly.
Along with new features and tools, this mod has altered the cart physics engine in Minecraft. New mine cart physics allow storage carts to actually reach their destination when running along the tracks, and a new collision code ensures that carts will simply push other carts after running into them.
All of these new tools, carts, and rail systems can be crafted using an extensive new recipe system in Railcraft 1.6. A full list of recipes is available in this forum thread.
Using the Railcraft mod, any player can set up a fully functioning railway system in their Minecraft world. Whether you’re using your railway to dig deep underground or you want to automatically load and dispense your cart with ore or liquid, the Railcraft mod has implemented a number of new and exciting features into the game. Try it out today to see how much the railway system has been improved!
How to install Railcraft Mod for Minecraft 1.7.4/1.7.2/1.6.4
Step 2) Download the Railcraft mod from its official forum thread here
Step 3) Place the Railcraft Mod .zip folder into the /mods folder, which can be found under .minecraft (open a command box and type in %appdata% to find the .minecraft folder).
Step 4) Start playing and enjoy!