Arqade is a question and answer site for passionate videogamers on all platforms. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I want to make an automatic railroad. When I stand on a pressure plate I want a cart to arrive within a few seconds. To do this I have setup a self resetting booster. At the end of the booster I have a pressure plate with redstone wire to change the track direction. However once the redstone changes the initial track direction it never goes back once I step off the pressure plate. (See below) alt text

Am I doing something wrong? Is this happening because of the South-West rule?

share|improve this question
up vote 24 down vote accepted

This is happening because you need at least one block of redstone to point "towards" the track, you can't just run parallel to it. Hopefully this awesome paint diagram will explain what I mean:

alt text

share|improve this answer
+1 for the awesome paint diagram! – Josh Nov 24 '10 at 20:28
I changed it to look exactly like your diagram however it still did not switch back. Any other ideas? – Lucas McCoy Nov 24 '10 at 21:13
Use a redstone torch. That's always worked for me. – MBraedley Nov 24 '10 at 21:52
And now for some reason it works, even without a redstone torch. – Lucas McCoy Nov 25 '10 at 3:38

Another caveat: If you place multiple tracks next to each other (minecart stations are a good example), track switching might not work at all anymore, because the game seems to be unable to determine which track is powered, or something.

When building my station, I found that redstone torches directly below the switching track block work best. Do not place any other tracks other than the two directions needed directly adjacent to your switching block.

share|improve this answer
Good advice, keep it simple. – Lucas McCoy Nov 30 '10 at 23:16

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.