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Type Drill
Availability All worlds
Used for Drilling, Laying rails
Basic stats
Fuel Item Coal
Fuel Usage High
Drill Radius 3 Blocks
Drill speed Medium
Can Drill through obsidian
Builds rails more efficiently and cheaply


A raildriver is a giant drill which is capable of drilling through blocks and automatically laying down regular and powered rails, and using less resources to make the rails. and blocks it drills through are ejected from the back of the machine where you can collect them, making it useful form mining stone or obsidian, which it easily plows through.

How to Build

The first layer

the first layer of blocks is layed out like so, with sticky pistons facing forwards and furnaces facing backwards:


Second layer

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Third layer

Note the helper cobblestone block that will need to be removed. This row is composed of the Redstone and Switch to drive the pistons. If you throw this switch it will activate all the pistons, but make sure it is in the off position before attempting to start your RailDriver! Layer2.5.PNG 400px Layer3.PNG

How to use

Once built, the player can activate the RailDriver simply by throwing the switch on the rear. A RailDriver will dig a three by three tunnel, laying a foundation of stone brick with a single rail in the middle. Every eight blocks, the RailDriver will lay a Power Rail with a Stone Brick column on either side, a Redstone torch on one to power the rail, and a regular torch on the other for light. To keep the thing going, the player must provide a steady supply of coal and building materials...


The Raildriver needs to be loaded with 2 things:

  • Coal- Put coal in each of the furnaces
  • Building materials- Put cobblestone,iron ingots, gold ingots, redstone, sticks, and more coal in the chest on the raildriver
  • Optional- Put glass in so it builds tunnels through water and lava. Putting in a bucket of Lava and Sand will make the raildriver build glass around water. Adding a bucket of water will allow the Raildriver to turn lava it encounters into obsidian

The raildriver will notify you if it runs out of materials


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Detailed info

Just detailed info on how it operates, you dont need to know any of this, but it is interesting and tells you how it uses the resourced you give it

Drilling Phase

When activated the RailDriver will immediately enter the Drilling phase. Fuel for this phase comes in the form of coal or charcoal which must be loaded into the furnaces. Every drilling phase will consume 1 coal from each furnace (2 coal total).

The diamond drill bit will piston into any blocks in front, drilling the next stage of the passage, and ejecting the removed blocks from the rear dispensers. The drill has silk touch, so when it drills through stone you get stone, when it drills through coal you get the coal block, etc.

Laying phase

Once drilling is complete, the RailDriver enters the Normal Laying Phase. Supplies needed when laying the foundation and track must be in the chest above the switch at the back of the machine. These supplies are consumed when the RailDriver moves forwards 1 block. During a Normal Laying Phase, the RailDriver uses 3 cobblestone, 2 iron, and 1 stick loaded into the chest.

The RailDriver will use the supplies to create the required items, lay them down, and move forward by one block. You’ll notice that due to the RailDriver’s extremely efficient design, it is capable of creating a Rail with only 2 Iron Ingots.

Power Laying Phase

Power Laying Phase

Every 8 blocks, the RailDriver will enter a Power Laying Phase instead. To complete this phase it uses 9 cobblestone, 3 sticks, 2 gold ingots, 1 redstone, and 1 coal loaded into the chest.


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  • What happens when another raildriver runs into another raildriver? Go and try it

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