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Minecart Chains

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    UnlistedMonk commented
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    Not really needed if they don't make a furnace cart or locomotive. Why make a train if you have nothing to pull it with? As I keep pushing for, we need a locomotive, Minecraft!

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    This sounds extremely useful, I hope they add it!

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    Pyrarson commented
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    I find it funny that nobody has heard of the railway nomenclature for this idea: coupling. When you link a carriage to a train or a minecart to another minecart, it's actually called coupling.

    This is a great idea, but it goes hand in hand with furnace minecarts that actually work. And a general functioning standard of minecarts where they don't massively bug out. Furnace carts sticking to any other kind of minecart may be enough to save the lot of them, but all three should be streamlined and properly operational or railway engineering in Minecraft is still doomed.

    In real life, the furnace minecart is currently worse than ever. It moves faster, but it propels anything in front of it way ahead like it's a moving pinball bumper, leaving you to wait in your minecart while it slows down and the motorized dummy catches up. And then bounces you 40 blocks ahead again. Yeah, I really like railway stuff, but damn did its Minecraft equivalent get screwed over. I think minecarts just need a complete rewrite with the same intended principles as before and new features like the one suggested here. I would LOVE to ride a convoy of 5 coupled minecart cars across my bridges in the hills.

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    Love it!

    @UnlistedMonk furnace minecarts are nice and all, but a full-on train or locomotive?  This isn't 1800s Minecraft, leave that to a mod.

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    PolarMammoth commented
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    Yes! A thousand times yes! This would make travelling through cities a less lonely thing, because you could have villagers or your friends in the other connected mine carts, without the fear of getting bounced back!

    Of course an alternative could be that minecarts are coded to be attracted to furnace mine carts (not sure if possible) then as you push the furnace minecraft along the powered rail, the others follow (I think chains are better though)

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    MindBlown101 commented
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    Maybe instead of a chain, why not just make minecarts connect to each other when led by a furnace minecart as their behavior? It would juat make the furnace minecart more useful.

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    yes plz! very usefull! can we usa chains to make chain mail armor to?

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    chubarian commented
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    The chain should also be able to craft Chain-mail Armour! This idea is fantastic!

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    TheStonePoem commented
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    This would be useful, especially if combined with this suggestion:
    https://feedback.minecraft.net/hc/en-us/community/posts/360040486972-Chains 

    I think a good crafting recipe would either be 4 iron nuggets in a diamond pattern, or 5 in an X pattern.
    I just think Iron Nuggets need more uses, otherwise they're kinda useless beyond lanterns.

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    Coupling or carts to make an ore train is a wonderful idea but how will that work with curved track will the cars stay together. I would love to see a little more effort in the ore train area. You could use redstone to electrify the locomotive powered rails whatever. Redstone and or not gates can set up blocks for remote operation. If you worried about making transportation to easy for the player then trains coupled dont have to carry players. Either way this could really be done nicely and correct....not sure ? Ask a railroaded like my self.

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    I agree with DownfieldYeti5, the chains could be used to make chainmail armors too.

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    The addition of chains sounds like an amazing idea! Not only could it actually give a function to furnace minecarts by allowing huge trains of minecarts with chests to be carried by it, it could also give the ability to craft chain mail armor! I'm not exactly sure if Mojang is adamant about chain armor being an un-craftable item, but if they are flexible with it, it would give the ability to finally create chain armor! As others have also said, the chain may also have the capability to be placed, giving a lot more options to builders in terms of chandeliers, hanging lanterns, creepy settings, etc.

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    J RK commented
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    Some are calling it chains, one used the term coupling. I like the idea of a hitch. Mind you in a hitch or coupling, the chains actually serve as a fallback if the main connector ceases to operate.

     

    Hitch: 4 iron nuggets (in corners of craft grid) + 2 Chains (top & bottom center of grid) + 1 tripwire hook (center, serves as a center pin)

     

    From visual example below, in between minecarts you have two triangles of metal facing one another with chains (shown as red) dangling below them. In the center you have the tripwire hook as the center pin. Maybe sometime down the road it would be cool to connect & disconnect via pin pull, but I'm not asking for that at this time.

     

    When attached to two carts, the shape folds on the center pin, bending 90 degrees. In essence it acts like a cart that holds no passengers with a quick blip of an animation on turns. The physics of connected carts on rails change slightly to reflect the 'caterpillar' effect as seen with a roller coaster's push, pull & momentum of combined weight; it becomes one pushable/pullable unit.

     

    For now I would only have the hitch used on minecarts (and their variety.) However down the road, the hitch and chain can both be items to initiate 'free hanging blocks' mechanics. Where 4 long chains can hold a platform of blocks (and swing up to 45 degrees based on interactions) or 2 hinges could be used to make your own 'block door.' That is a far off idea though, for now...it would serve well to connect minecarts. 

     

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    Amazing idea! and plus they removed furnace mine carts out of bedrock edition so this would be a better replacement!

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    I was thinking of the same Idea too! A regular minecart with furnace can pull up to 3 of any minecart types chained to it. Any more minecarts, the train slows down. The more minecarts with furnace on front, the stronger they pull, the expensive it costs coal to pull.

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    Calev Berger commented
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    @WolveReigner781, we were NOT all born in 2019, some of us were born in 1987 and have a memory of trains that carry their fuel (maybe) like diesel engines.  @UnlistedMonk, using a minecart with furnace to power a train sounds like a great idea! Also in the minecart with furnace interface, there should be arrows you can click to change the direction it goes in while consuming coal.

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    Clone3A7 commented
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    T R A I N

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    NessiNu commented
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    Chains in general are a great idea for an addition to the game. Chains could be used to make chainmail armour. You could perhaps use an additional device that connects chains to a wall. Chains could behave like leashes. You could chain up animals. Chains could even be used on players. You could have keys and locks. You could create a train with minecarts and chains. Cains could be used to make redstone, I dont know about this one though.

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    It would be really nice to be able to use minecarts to make a train with multiple cars where you fuel the furnace cart at the head of the train and it propels carts behind it forwards. You could transport items and/or players very easily without having to acquires lots of gold or getting carts to glitch together.

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    I could see this with the new chain block. It'd be nice for boats too, especially if they get around to adding the chest in a boat!

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    RedKnightC commented
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    With the introduction of chains in 1.16, a player should be able to right click two minecarts with a chain and attach them.

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    CART3RDAB0SS commented
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    Now that chain blocks exist this would be a welcome feature

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    chains have just been added, we should just be able yo use them

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    Eric Meyer commented
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    I would rather like this.  It'd be one of the ways they could fix the usage of the Powered Cart (since the cart currently moves away from the side you fuel it from).

     

    Chains in general could also be a very neat decorative item- if they had Lead-like functionality, you could connect them between posts, maybe even between Iron Bars.

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    Once the chain has been crafted you could place 4wood planks in the middle slot of the crafting table ,1 chain each in the slots to the left and right of the middle and any type of stone blocks in the three slots to the top and bottom to craft a draw bridge

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    @Solar Master I know, I only want minecarts to have Leads connected to one to another.

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    Add chain lift to the rails

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    Yes add mine cart trains! I would love to see this!

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    They can also be used in boats. They are a block that can be put as the texture of the chain of the lanterns and can be climbed stairs when they are blocks

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    Mc Rat commented
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    They could be used for chaining hostile mobs and crafting other stuff too