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Hey all, I’ve been trying to figure out how to build tracks and somehow there does not seem to be a comprehensive guide. In the game, many things can be learnt by trial and error and inspecting the book, but the tracks seem to be an issue. What i have so far:
To build a track, you will need to build a gravel path first. You get gravel from mining. Either start from a bear cave or a vein. You will also need loads of iron for the tracks, so it makes sense to use your tools wisely and not waste any material.
2. Gravel Paths
Build gravel paths by putting square floor stakes in the ground, dig out 1 basketful of dirt, then fill the hole with gravel (a basket is full when picking up 3 small gravel piles). The dirt will vanish after a while - so if you plan on using it for cobblestone-pavement, don’t wait to long. Also, don’t pre-dig the path when you don’t have the gravel yet: The holes will fill too. And you will not get the stakes back after putting the gravel down, so… you will need a lot of them.
3. Stakes again
Swipe the stakes on the gravel - It will look the same as simply dropping them on gravel, and the book cant differentiate either ( might be a bug @Christoffer ?), but otherwise you won’t be able to hit them with a mallet in the next step. Hit once for horizontal, twice for vertical stakes. There are also options for Track-ends, crossings and the turntable-thing, so make sure to double check it’s the right setup.
4. Track kit
Swipe a track kit (wooden boards + steel blade) on the track stakes. They will turn into tracks, corresponding to the stakes you put. If you make a mistake, they can be removed by swiping a steel mining pick on them.
5. Finishing up
Track ends are rounded off on one side and can not be extended in that direction. You’re going to want to connect two opposite track-ends in a straight line. Make sure there are no gaps in between before you take the next step!
Take a track-cart kit (wooden boards + 4 wooden wheels + spring) and place it on a track end! It will start moving along the tracks once you tap it. The speed is two tiles per second or something, so for short distances they make no sense. Pack them by placing items inside the cart like you would into a basket. There are only 4? slots per kit i think! You can have multiple carts on one track, but they will only ever move in the same direction.
This is how far I’ve come. I also understand how to make flags, and seen a turntable, but all that is still confusing to me. Maybe you can expand this and share your knowledge