Trainz/Backing Up Downloaded And Self-Created Assets

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Trainz Asset Maintenance and Creation
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With shortcuts in the version root folder, and the original saved as TrainzOptions.txt.bak and a modified, customized TrainzOptions.txt, this version of Trainz is Ready to Rock and Roll. Other than the three bottom lines, every Trainz root directory has this appearance after Trainz 2009-SP4.

As with all data that you value and which is held on a computer, it is highly advisable to regularly backup your downloaded and self-created Trainz assets. There are many ways in which data can be accidentally or deliberately deleted, corrupted or otherwise lost.

Making an additional copy on the same physical hard disk only guards against a very limited range of risks. Therefore making backups onto removable media such as writable CD's or DVD's is a wise precaution. If re-writable disks are used then it is best to use at least three sets of disks in rotation.

In addition to backing up their installed files, you may also wish to archive or backup the distribution files for downloaded assets. In most cases these will be CDP, EXE, RAR or ZIP files.

Suggestion: Make a ZIP copy of the folder tree you wish to backup and burn that to CD or DVD. This will require less disks, take less time to burn, and the burning process may be more reliable than writing the numerous original files.

The following instructions assume that Trainz has been installed to its former conventional location, in an Auran sub-folder off the root of C:\, not in the C:\Program Files\Auran\ path (Both length and Spaces in the pathspec is best avoided). If not, if you installed Trainz in another drive (e.g. D:\TS12) or an different root sub-folder (e.g. F:\N3V\TS2010), adjust the initial part of each path accordingly.

TS09-SP4—TS12 edit

The tried and true folder system used in the extensive family of TRS2006 spin off releases was first changed in TS2010's first released versions, then adapted when the SP3 version of TS2009's was brought up to the same trainz-build tag tech-level, v3.3 as seen in config.txt files, on the DLS, and in the Content Manager main display.

TRS2006—TS09-SP4 edit

Downloaded assets and assets that you have created are both held in the subfolders of C:\Program Files\Auran\TRS2006\local

Any assets that have been left open for editing can be found in C:\Program Files\Auran\TRS2006\editing

Trainz 1.3—TRS2004 edit

Downloaded assets are held in the subfolders of C:\Program Files\Auran\TRS2004\World\Dispatcher\Downloads

Assets that you have created are held in the subfolders of C:\Program Files\Auran\TRS2004\World\custom