Vertical Rails

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Vertical Rails

Module TypeStand Alone
Created bySparks and SiberianHat
Last Updated bySpecialBuilder32 and Kruthers
Compatible MC Versions1.8, 1.12+

This module turns ladders into vertical moving rails.


Ladders will act as vertical rails for Minecarts. Minecarts will travel automatically upwards when in a ladder block. Once a minecart reaches the top of a ladder, it will also gain forwards momentum, so it will land on the block the last ladder is placed on.

Minecart moving up a ladder

Technical Details

All types of minecarts will work with vertical rails. Minecarts will travel up vertical rails at about 6.4 blocks per second.


Advancement Requirement
Up, Up and Away!
Ride a minecart going up a vertical rail
Ride in a minecart on a ladder

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Date Version Change
1.8 22 Jan 2015 Released Vertical Rails
1.12 10 Sept 2017 Removed vertical detector rails
1.13 19 Nov 2018 Added "Up, Up and Away!" advancement
Removed vertical booster rails

Previous Versions

MC 1.8 Version

The MC 1.8 version had additional "vertical detector rails." If a ladder was placed on a dropper, a passing minecart would cause the dropper to give off a comparator output signal.

MC 1.8-1.12 Versions

Prior to 1.13, if a ladder was placed on gold blocks, they would become booster rails, causing the Minecart to travel faster, and launch upwards at the top of the ladder.