Minecarts are pretty cool in Minecraft. You can make chains of them, transport goods, make a troublesome moving explosion machine, and other things. However, they can be taken down easily just by holding down your left mouse button. This led me to come up with the idea of adding trains.
Appearance Trains would be similar in design aspects to minecarts, but with several differences. The model for the train is 5 blocks long, a block wide, and has varied height- in the four 'blocks' in the back, it'd be roughly 1.5 blocks tall, and in the front, it'd be 1 block tall. The outside of the train is wooden and reuses the plank texture, with the front having a metal (think anvil or hopper) 'round' piece in the front to make it look like a real train. Crafting
The train would be a fairly simple crafting recipe. 3 wooden planks on the top and bottom rows, a minecart with a furnace in the middle-left, a minecart in the center, and an iron block in the front. With this recipe, you can make yourself a train of your own! Usage
Trains would work like a bigger minecart- with 3 slots instead of one. Unlike a minecart, which you craft items into to get things like storage carts, you place chests/TNT/hoppers inside of your train's seats. To do this, just sneak and right-click them into place. With 3 slots open, you can take friends for a trip, bring heavy loads on a long ride, or set up a dastardly dangerous trap with 3 blocks of TNT. Or you can just have fun pretending you're a cowboy in the west, or you're heading to Hogwarts or something. In addition to more space, the Train can take up to 18 hits- 3 times as much as a singular minecart!
However, with these advantages come some disadvantages. Just like the crafting recipe implies, the back of the train has a furnace, which you have to power to keep your big old train moving. The stronger the fuel, the faster you move. As well, due to the train's size, it cannot make instant turns- there must be at least three rails between each curve in the track before a train can turn again.
In closing, I think that trains would add a lot to Minecraft. Mass transportation of goods, a fun ride with friends, big moving explosions, or even a rollercoaster that can hold multiple people in one cart! I hope you enjoy this idea, and feel free to give feedback- I want this idea to become the best it can be!
i say yes to trains. but they should also have traincars. like the engine has only space for the driver, and a chest or something.
train car crafting:
I / I / I
I = iron ingot
W = wood
G = glass
M = minecart
TH = tripwire hook
/ = deviding the grid
and to attach cars to the engine, you have to add a hook to the engine as well, and then back into the car(s) and right click the hooks. (which must be within like 0.5 blocks or closer to link) then you can add stairs to the car to make it a passenger car, (place or in crafting with the car itself, not as you make it) or chests, to make a cargo car (or it could be you can just place blocks and such in a car).
I have wanted trains implemented for a while, but I think it would be more fitting if rather than crafting a whole train in a crafting grid, you simply have the ability to link minecarts together. Several minecarts linked together with a furnace car in the front and any number of empty minecarts/minecarts with chests behind it is basically the same thing except it's more in the spirit of minecraft by having you actually build your own train by placing the individual components of it right there in the world. I would however support something like a minecart with brakes so that you can stop your train somewhere.
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To those of you suggesting new uses for Emeralds in the suggestions forum: Emeralds have enough uses. You can trade with villagers to get diamond armor/tools/weapons and enchants. Stop suggesting that Emeralds are useless, and learn to play Minecraft. Thanks.