_ The Semi-Retired Foamer has been a railfan since he was around 5 years old, a very young age when one really should avoid being involved with the gunzel community to any great extent. After a few decades of train chasing, one decided to break with protocol and get married, thus leading to a severe cut in railfan activity. Subsequent dealings with social misfits, lunatics, mental defectives and self-appointed experts lead to an even greater decrease in my hobby participation. However things have changed thanks to our small group of trusted mate, interest has returned, and now I have become a bit more involved yet again. Having learned to laugh, with others, at all the more 'Moronic Foamers'..Oh the irony that lays behind that group name and the person who set it up.. _ _ **** LOCOMOTIVE/ROLLINGSTOCK PUBLICATIONS **** - We occasionally publish information on the locomotives, and rollingstock, from railways in Australia and the Philippines. All are available forFREEat ourWEBSITE.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
4801 4896 48102 shunt condemned livestock wagons into a Harden
siding for burning and scrapping.
Following this, the Alcos would take a rake of empty wheat hoppers to Kingvale for loading.
At the time, fuel tankers had been stored in these siding since the cessation of rail hauled fuel trains. Not long after these photos were taken, it is believed all were purchased by Manildra and railed to Narrandera. Information on their future use would be appreciated.
During the 80s and 90s I spent a huge amount of time around Victoria. I recently came across the first large bundle of shots from these trips and have started scanning them to show here. During the course of 2017 I will be pre-programming this new series to appear monthly. If your not a big fan of the railways in Victoria (what is wrong with you?), there will still be the other regular variety of posts that probably go largely ignored. So sit back and enjoy the series, one that I am actually putting together way back in October 2017.
Took me some time to work out what station this was. :-) The 'All Stations To Broadmeadow' ended up being the pivital clue.
Not a thing was rostered to run in daylight on the day we arrived in Maryborough. Luckily this was sitting in the yard and that it was in the pre-rail nazi days.
930s just float my boat.
V/Line orange and grey. It was Victoria's candy livery.
Even on the quietest of Main South days, at least you had the two 'Intercapital Daylight Expresses' to pass some time. At this stage it was normally either an 81 or a G.
The Overland arrives from Adelaide after it's long overnight journey.
The Overland arriving Keswick (Adelaide) at the other end of it's nightly journey.
The Semi-Retired Foamer visits the historic 'Richmond Vale Railway' in the final months of it's existence. This railway carried the distinction of being Australia's last commercial steam operated railway and would be gone before the year was out.
Blue SMR22 was the locomotive in use on the day. We see her shunting at Hexham, before following her out to Stockrington Colliery and back. In between, we see a few views of passing coal and passenger traffic on the mainline.
WARNING FOR THE WHINGERS
This is a low-quality video, taken way back in 1987 on VHS and has deteriorated greatly. As a railfan, I do understand it is your duty to point out these flaws. As I already know of the bad quality, it is probably pointless to do so, however, if it makes you happy, whinge on.
This two-part series is dedicated to the late Bruce Cook (who makes brief appearances). Bruce was instrumental in growing the hobby for me and will long be remembered for the phenomenal tours he operated. Bruce was an icon of my railfan era, an era without the internet and it's associated hate, an era when you gathered lineside, chatted and had fun.
Over the years one builds up an extensive library of train related photos, timetables, documents and other stuff which basically does buggar all other than gather dust. In recent times I have wondered what to do both with these, and all the more current shots, locomotive news and other bollocks I come across while conducting my foamer business. Through this blog I hope to share a lot of this stuff and bore you senseless in the process. Along the way one hopes you will put up with my somewhat unusual sense of humour. Years of putting up with many in the hobby who, well, hmmmmm I suppose you could say lunatic fringe members, has given me more of a view of the hobby as something that is quite a joke. Certainly not the serious thing it once was. Hope you enjoy the bollocks conveyed herein.
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