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Minecart science with powered rail
April 20, 2011
Experiments demonstrating how powered rail behaves, with side-by-side comparisons to booster carts.
Booster carts and powered rail are roughly equivalent in all ways but one. Booster carts let you put a large amount of energy into a cart in one place, whereas powered rail gives you diminishing returns when trying to put energy into a cart.
In most cases, booster carts and powered rail are similar. There's still reasons why you'd want to use one or the other. If you want to keep all your infrastructure in one area, booster carts let you give a mighty push at the start of a line. But booster carts usually have a delay before they start pushing your cart, and powered rail is nearly instant. Also, the only reliable runaway cart detectors I've seen require a booster cart.