I'm wondering if anyone else noticed that unmanned minecarts have reverted back to their old behavior when passing over powered rails? Somewhere around the 1.4 or 1.5 update, unmanned minecarts started going much farther when accelerated by powered rails. Now, suddenly, with the 1.6.2 update, they've gone back to to the old behavior, where they only travel about 14 blocks after reaching full speed. Has anyone else had this problem?
I never really noticed a change, unmanned carts always went slower than manned carts, even during 1.4 and 1.5. The wiki doesn't show any changes of that nature made, mind you it isn't the most accurate.
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Thanks for the replies. I did some tinkering of my own and found that minecarts with chests still travel as far as a manned minecart, while unmanned minecarts don't travel very far, possibly to keep them from becoming run away minecarts xD
Anyway, incase you all didn't know, minecarts save their momentum upon entering unloaded chunks now. This means that you can send a chest minecart on a track that is farther than the current loaded chunks. Its progress will be halted when it enters an unloaded chunk, but the next time the chunk is loaded, the minecart begins to move along the rail at the speed it was moving, and it will eventually arrive at its destination without needing to be pushed. This was definitely not a feature of minecarts before 1.2 or 1.3.