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..
We occasionally publish information on the locomotives, and rollingstock, from railways in Australia and the Philippines.
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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.

Monday, February 12, 2018


I guess most Sydney members would remember this day a few years back. 
Could not resist heading down to the airport to attempt a few shots, and probably shorten my life expectancy, of planes enduring it all.
The Emirates A380 was the first I had ever seen use the East-West Runway.
Have seen very few since.


A6-EDC Emirates A380

Singapore Airlines 747 Freighter


Air Canada.

Thursday, February 8, 2018



The Entrance - Gosford - Woy Woy - Umina

Back in the days when Central Coast bus operations were interesting.
Penisula Buslines - Brisbane Water Coaches
The Entrance Red Bus Service.

Two parts taken on an old Hitachi VHS video camera of dubious quality.

MV Port Venture 

Built 1984 (Brisbane)

This is getting a tad strange. Like the shot of the MULGI that I put up last month, the MV Port Venture (photographed on the same night) sunk two years later as well.
In this case, it was near Gladesville Bridge after hitting a pier that pierced its hull.

Of more interest, for me, is that we rode her some years back at the invitation of a band we used to follow 'The Kamis'.

After being salvaged, she was taken to Rozelle Bay and subsequently scrapped there.

Of the second shot at Darling Harbour. 
MV Port Venture is scrapped.
SOUTH STEYNE has been removed and place on sale.
Monorail had been removed.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Bomen (Near Wagga Wagga)

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.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

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.

Fare evader.

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.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Part 1
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.


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.

Part 2 Available Soon