The Steam Engine is 1 block wide, 4 blocks long, and 2 blocks tall. The design for the steam engine is based off of the 4-4-0 American first manufactured in 1879:
Any suggestions for crafting recipes are encouraged, but here is a possible one:
is a Powered Minecart
You can replace the Iron Ingots with Gold Ingots for a Gold colored train, if you are feeling wealthy.
Alternatively, here is another train model, the 2-8-0 Consolidation:
Both will have equal power. It will also be possible to dye the trains to personalize them
The Steam Engine has an 13-speed gearbox interface with neutral and reverse gears. The appearance is like that of the stick-shifter that you may find in your car. Each gear increases the speed of the train by 1 block per second, up to a max of 13 blocks per second, faster than the best Minecart transport systems. Operating the train requires placing coal or charcoal into the engine's interface. 1 Coal will run the train for 10 minutes. Better stock up on that Charcoal!
If you are going too fast, your train will derail if it goes around a corner. In fact, it is completely incapable of turning on the current Minecart turn tracks. To remedy this, you can craft a Smooth Turn Track with 5 Minecart Tracks in an L shape. The Smooth Turn Track provides a smooth turn for Steam Engines and can vary in radius. It is planted by defining the start and end points of the track. The minimum radius is 4 blocks, and the max radius is 12 blocks. The Smooth Turn Track can also ascend or descend 3 blocks!
The trains will be able to haul up to 30 Minecarts or Minecarts with Chests at one time. You can also make larger cars (with three minecarts and other blocks) that take up three minecarts for the train to pull. This will result in a max of 10 large cars to pull. Connections are made using String by right clicking one cart or train, then the other.
The Train Cars
The train cars' default recipe is three minecarts in a row. This will create a Flatbed, a car that has the ability to have blocks placed on it. Adding other blocks to the recipe allows for more car options:
- Adding 3 Glass and 3 Wood Planks will make a Passenger Car, capable of transporting up to 6 NPCs, hostile mobs, or players.
- Adding 6 Fence will create a Cattle Car, capable of transporting the various passive mobs. Again, it has a capacity of 6.
- Adding 3 Chests or using 3 Minecart With Chests will create a Box Car. It has the storage capacity of 4 chests, rather than the three you get when you keep them separate.
- Adding 1 Coal and 2 Iron Ingots creates a Coal Car. When directly attached to a Steam Engine, It will automatically fill the engine with coal. Otherwise, you would have to manually fuel the train.
What would be the point of these monster trains anyway? Simple tweaks to Villager AI would help define the trains' purpose:
- When a Villager spots a player-placed Chest, Minecart with Chest, or Box Car, it will take a look inside for one second. If he finds the item and quantity he is trading for, he will take the items and leave Emeralds in their place. This works the same way if a Villager is selling items.
- Additionally, once the villagers in a village have made enough successful trades (about 50 or so), new buildings will be added to the village and the population will grow. Maximum growth is defined by the gravel paths a village spawns with. The ability for a train to haul 40 chests' worth of items can prove to be a fast track to wealth, growth, and power (provided you don't entice the rip-off artists!)
Recently, I was asked, "Why not just use the Powered Minecarts?" So here are the benefits the Powered Minecarts will provide versus the steam engines.
Powered Minecarts, right now, are broken and useless. Mojang has confirmed that they will buff the Powered Minecarts. Here is how I propose the buff to go:
- The Powered Minecart has the capability to pull 5 Minecarts with no consequences. It can pull more, but each minecart added reduces max speed by 1 block per second. Therefore, if the speed was 6 blocks per second, it can pull an additional 5 carts before being rendered immobile. The Powered Minecart will be able to traverse the current Minecart tracks, putting the "Mine" back in Minecarts so to speak.
- Speed: Flat 6 bps (blocks per second) on the Powered Minecart versus 13 speed GUI on the Steam Engine
- Max carts: 10 (5+5) for Powered Minecart, 42 (30+12) for Steam Engines
- Cost: 5 Iron and 8 cobblestone versus 15 Iron, 1 Glass and 16 Cobblestone.
- Size: 1x1x1 versus 1x4x2, with larger train cars being 1x3x2
- Steam engines require Smooth Turning Track to turn, while Powered Minecarts do not.
- Max capacity: 270 storage spaces (P. Minecart), 1512 storage spaces (Steam Engine with 14 Box Cars)