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    Dear Trainz Discussion Forum,

    I am for the most part, mostly interested in American Steam and Diesel Locomotives, usually Freeware if I can download it, but I'll accept payware sites too.

    Is it safe for me to use WayBack Machines to download from older versions of deleted sites such as Sporbust.com?

    Will it actually work if I can download those files and import them into Trainz: A New Era?

    What sites do you recommend I avoid?

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    Yes, it is safe to access the sites referenced on the Wayback Machine (Archive.org).

    There are many, many excellent content creators. Here are some I frequent or aware of.

    K&L Trainz

    K&L Trainz | Trainz Steam Locomotives | Trainz Steam Locomotives (kltrainz.com)


    Jointed Rail

    www.jointedrail.com

    I have never purchased from RR-Mods, but I do have some of their DLC content and it's excellent as well. This doesn't mean I won't, and they do have some freeware assets as well.

    Home - RRMods

    Here's a site with excellent content both payware and freeware.

    NARM
    NARM Trainz Group (narailm.wixsite.com)

    Trainz Forge.

    Trainz Forge (trainz-forge.com)

    This is great for steam and early generation diesels. There's lots of scenery items as well and some routes you might be interested in.

    For payware, there's also N3V's DLC which is actually made by the above content creators. It's relatively inexpensive and there's quite a variety of locomotives to choose from.

    With that said, there are many, many more sites and I'm sure others will chime in with their favorites.

    and finally, there is the DLS. You'll be surprised what's available on the DLS that works perfectly fine and looks quite well.

    Using Content Manager, if you see something you like download it. Switch to the Today filter and then preview the assets. Switching to the Today filter allows you to see what you downloaded quickly rather than going through a bunch of stuff already installed. Anyway, if you like what you see download more from the same author. You're lucky in that regard because the preview was never available before TANE.
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    Just going to do a shameless plug of Timetable Trainz, a source of quality freeware products for Trainz. The link is in my signature.

    There’s also The Switchback, a very good source of American diesels and steamers.

    Some others I recommend are Blue Ridge Simulations, CloakedGhost, The Erecting Hall (under construction) and the old Trainz Forge site. Some Wayback Machine sites include VMD, USLW content archive, Trainz Commuter Rail and more. If you look in people’s signatures, you may find some sites you like.
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    not much into US stuff but was pleasant surprised by this site
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    Have a dig on JATWS.org PWeiser and evilcrow's reskins.

    Cheerio John

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    Yeah, I've downloaded & purchased from JointedRail, &L Trainz, and Trainz Forge. I haven't checked out NARM, but I have checked out RRMods, but I honestly have no idea how to download Freeware from RRMods...

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    And as you are visiting sites and downloading cdp's you are keeping them backed up and organized, right? Else you will forgot from where things came and you'll have to go looking everywhere again.

    For example, I have a folder of "freeware diesel" and in that, a folder with the site name (such as "Jointed Rail) and I make sure file is named something meaningful. Use a system that works for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1611mac View Post
    And as you are visiting sites and downloading cdp's you are keeping them backed up and organized, right? Else you will forgot from where things came and you'll have to go looking everywhere again.

    For example, I have a folder of "freeware diesel" and in that, a folder with the site name (such as "Jointed Rail) and I make sure file is named something meaningful. Use a system that works for you.
    Good on you for keeping track of everything.
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    I've got very bad and sad news... On the sites I went on the WayBack machine, it turns out when I try to download them, the WayBack Machine takes me to an "Error Not Found" page, and I haven't been able to download them. Does anyone have the files to any VMD, USLW, and SporBurst sites?

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    WayBack Machine and trying to download from these sites have just been nothing but errors for me. Are these files/locomotives lost forever?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AsianTrainMaster_45 View Post
    WayBack Machine and trying to download from these sites have just been nothing but errors for me. Are these files/locomotives lost forever?
    Unfortunately, this isn't unusual with links on the Way Back Machine. In many cases, the content files are corrupted or can't be downloaded. That doesn't mean you can't check either because sometimes you can get lucky. With USLW, they ran into a bad crash, JR hosted their site for a while then the site got hacked and that was the end of it. I may have skipped a detail or two, but that's the gist of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AsianTrainMaster_45 View Post
    Does anyone have the files to any VMD, USLW, and SporBurst sites?
    Here's USLW's content archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20120705...wnloads/files/
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    Top Quality scenery items. The list is very large and the number of individual items is also very large:

    MAGSAPPER -- Look for his entry in the FREEWARE section. further down this site list.

    Search MSGSAPPER on the DLS fot the free items. High quality.
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    Thank you Dart! This should be good!

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    Aw man, I downloaded the "SD9_SP_bloody_nose.cdp" but it won't spawn... It IS in what I call the "Spawn List" as "sd9 SP" but I cannot spawn it. Does this not work because I'm trying to download it for T: ANE? It says one of my kuids is unknown. I tried downloading an SD9 from bdneal (An Undecorated one) but that's faulty and it's missing dependencies too...

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