I read recently that redstone circuits have a North-South quirk, where circuit delays are different depending on whether a redstone torch faces North/South or East/West.

Do minecarts have any directional related quirks?

  • Any reason why people want to close this question? The lack of comments doesn't help me :(
    – Sadly Not
    Mar 10, 2011 at 16:32
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    – Grace Note
    Mar 10, 2011 at 17:18
  • @Grace thanks, I didn't click close earlier because I thought it might instantly close the question.
    – Sadly Not
    Mar 10, 2011 at 20:38
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    Mar 10, 2011 at 20:39
  • Note: It's no longer possible to create boosters. Although the intersection rule still applies... Aug 13, 2011 at 10:49

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Minecarts will favour travelling south or west (known as the South-West rule) when they reach an intersection. Also, placed tracks will favour curving south or west. Additionally, when two minecarts are adjacent to each other, they will speed up extremely quickly,. This is commonly called a booster. The South-West rule is used when making self-resetting boosters:

Image courtesy of the Minecraft Wiki

  • Neat! Is this an exhaustive list of minecart quirks or should I be reading about them more?
    – Sadly Not
    Mar 10, 2011 at 16:14
  • These are the two big quirks when it comes to minecarts (other than boosters which you're probably already aware of). I'll edit information about boosters in anyways.
    – Kevin Yap
    Mar 10, 2011 at 16:45
  • The more information the better. Screen caps are good too :)
    – Sadly Not
    Mar 10, 2011 at 20:44
  • You could add arrows on the booster track, showing that the minecart resets because it favours going down (booster at the left side of pic) or left (booster at the top of pic).
    – Sadly Not
    Mar 10, 2011 at 20:48
  • Note: It's no longer possible to create boosters. Although the intersection rule still applies... Aug 13, 2011 at 10:50

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