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    posted a message on Steam Engine for mine carts/tracks
    Steam Engine:

    Components:
    -Boiler (1)
    -Smokestack (1)
    -Wheels (4)
    -Engine Body (1)
    -Cab (1)
    -Coal-car (1)


    Like chests, the Steam Engine would be modular. You'd craft the specific parts, then build it on the track. The train could never leave the track, and you wouldn't be able to pick it up. (Unlike chests you can't break it apart after making it). I think this makes a lot of sense.

    Now, for the components itself:


    The Boiler: An essential part of any steam engine, this is what gives the craft power by burning coal to heat water to drive the wheels. To craft it, you would need 8 iron bars, arranged like so:
    :sand: = nothing
    [iron] = iron

    [iron] [iron] [iron]
    [iron] :sand: [iron]
    [iron] [iron] [iron]

    This would give you a boiler block.


    The Smokestack: Also essential for a steam engine, the smoke-stack allows the boiler to get rid of excess steam pressure as well as the smoke from boiling the coal, keeping the fire from being smothered. To craft it, you would need 4 iron bars, arranged like so:
    :sand: = nothing
    [iron] = iron

    [iron] :sand: [iron]
    [iron] :sand: [iron]
    [iron] :sand: [iron]

    This would give you a smokestack block.


    The Wheels: This is what carries the train itself. There was some debate about whether they should be made of wood or iron, I was of the opinion they should be entirely iron, since they are carrying the weight of a train engine. To craft it, you would need 5 iron bars, arranged like so:
    :sand: = nothing
    [iron] = iron

    :sand: [iron] :sand:
    [iron] [iron] [iron]
    :sand: [iron] :sand:

    This would give you 4 wheel blocks.



    The Engine Body: This is what the boiler, cab, and wheels are attached to. To craft it, you would need 5 iron bars and 1 plank, arranged like so.

    :sand: = nothing
    [iron] = iron
    :wood: = plank

    :sand: :sand: :sand:
    [iron] [iron] :wood:
    [iron] [iron] [iron]



    The Cab: This is where the player sits and controls the steam engine. To build it you would need 2 iron bars and 2 planks, arranged like so:

    :sand: = nothing
    [iron] = iron
    :wood: = plank

    :sand: :sand: :sand:
    :sand: :wood: :wood:
    :sand: [iron] [iron]



    The Fuel Car: The fuel source of a train engine, it works like a mine cart or chest, except it can only hold Coal or Wood, depending on which version you make. To craft it, you would need 5 iron bars and either 1 coal or 1 wood arranged like so:

    :sand: = nothing
    [iron] = iron
    :wood: = plank
    :obsidian: = coal

    Coal Car:
    :sand: :sand: :sand:
    [iron] :obsidian: [iron]
    [iron] [iron] [iron]

    Wood Fuel car:
    :sand: :sand: :sand:
    [iron] :wood: [iron]
    [iron] [iron] [iron]


    Coal cars would be more efficient, just like the furnace, and burn coal for longer periods of time, but use less fuel.
    Wood Fuel Cars would be less efficient, just like the furnace, and burn wood for shorter periods of time, using more fuel.


    To assemble the steam engine on the track, you would place the pieces as so:
    :cobblestone: = smokestack
    [iron] = boiler
    :wood: = wheels
    :stair: = engine body
    :stone: = cab
    :obsidian: = fuel car

    :cobblestone:
    [iron] :stair: :stone: :obsidian:
    :wood: :wood: :wood: :wood:


    Once all the pieces are put together (built on top of each other in the right order) the Steam Engine would become indestructable and would only travel on the tracks that are connected to the one it was built on.


    What do you guys think?


    *edit*

    I almost forgot. The steam engine would (naturally) pull any cart attached to it, up to 4 mine-carts. To attach it to one, you should be able to just push it to the steam engine (or back the steam engine onto it) and it'd automatically attach/follow it. To unattach it, you should be able to just back the steam engine up twice (back, stop, back) and then pull forward.
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