Need help with step by step photos of large layout

Bookbear1 Sep 7, 2018

  1. Bookbear1

    Bookbear1 TrainBoard Supporter

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    Hello... it's been quite a while since I've posted on Trainboard (mostly in the N scale area), but I am in desperate need of help and hope that someone would be willing to lend a hand. Please excuse the cross posting...I am fighting a deadline and I wasn't sure which forum to post this on to get the most eyeballs.

    Briefly, I have been working on a photo project for the local museum I volunteer at as a docent. A couple of weeks ago, I had a hard drive meltdown and lost all the photos that went with the project. The museum sponsors a very popular annual Train Days, and that is possibly leading to a permanent model train installation. What I need are photos of a large (30 to 40 feet by 10 feet) permanent layout, possibly a club type but NOT a modular type, from the earliest stages of bench work building to a finished or nearly finished product.

    Ideally, these digital images would show the construction of the bench work and any necessary electrical work to bring power to the layout. This is the part I need soonest, no later than September 15th, sooner if possible. I KNOW this is very short notice, and I would be deeply appreciative of anyone's help with this.

    Later on, I would need images of rough scenery (wire framing, plaster work, etc.) followed by at least a few sections of finished scenery. Area modeled would be roughly the northeast of the US. Seasons would be nice, fall especially.

    I do not need images of buildings, unless they would be a part of the finished sections. Those were the only ones I had not transferred to the hard drive.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can give!

    Mark
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  2. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    Is the drive not spinning up at all.

    If it spins up, there is software you can use to rescue the data.

    A lot of times what makes a hard drive fail is merely the addressing on the disk.
     
  3. Bookbear1

    Bookbear1 TrainBoard Supporter

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    Yeah... dead as a door nail. I was using the drive as an archive of a lot of photos and project documentation. The computer itself (with an SSD) is fine, it's the external archive HD that's dead... and with it, the pics I was hoping to use to convince the powers that be at the museum that this is a 'do-able' project.

    Still hoping someone has some large layout construction pics of bench work that I can 'borrow' for the presentation. All of my layouts have been build on hollow core doors or a simple pine frame with insulation foam, typically 36” x 60”, for portability, so none of my pics will work for this.
     
  4. traingeekboy

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    That is a bummer. Have you tried moving the drive itself to a new housing?

    I had a drive housing go kaput, drive was fine.
     

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