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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..
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Thursday, July 19, 2018


SYDNEY BUSES IN THE 80S

MOORE PARK - CIRCULAR QUAY





ESSENDON DEPOT TRAMS
1987


A selection of tram shots from 1987. All trams were allocated to Essendon Depot at the time.
Notes are mostly from VicSig and represents the 'believed' status of each is today. 



VicSig says stored at Newport.
Have been told that it went to San Francisco. 


Sold two years later in 1989 to private buyer in Templestowe.
Situation currently unknown.


716 - Stored Newport
916 - San Francisco
85 - Withdrawn 2003 at Glenhuntly. Situation unknown


127 still in service at Essendon.
172 in service at Glenhuntly


169 - Still in service at Essendon.


849 - Under restoration at Haddon (Melbourne Tramcar Preservation Society)
916 - Believed to be in San Francisco 


W5-817 again.
It and 916 appear to have been stalking me.


Sunday, July 15, 2018




SLIDING


Storm approaching Eugowra Yard.


Exeter Station - Australia

East Greta Junction.
Start of the South Maitland Railways

Eugowra yard

Grenfell station

Goulburn Roundhouse

Galong Yard layout



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

SOLIS SIGNALBOX


The railway signalbox is an endangered species in Manila, with only two still standing (Solis and Abad Santos). Another two (Yuseco and Caloocan) have existed since my first visit in 1999, but both have since been destroyed.
Solis is located on the north fork of the main junction for the south and the former north lines.
With Abad Santos (a RIHSPI) in a very bad state of repair, it is hoped that work can shortly start on saving it from further decay.
In recent years there have been proposals to preserve this very historic structure, primarily from the 'Manila Railroad Club', an offshoot of the former RIHSPI group.
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Shortly we shall look at Abad Santos box today, before heading south to Quezon and Laguna Provinces for more railway adventure.

Sunday, July 1, 2018


HERITAGE BUSES

Preserved and rail replacement buses around Sydney Terminal during the June long weekend Heritage Transport Expo.


A look at operations on the Sunday.

Other transport footage from the weekend is available on the 'Semi Retired Foamer' YouTube channel.



VICTORIA IN THE 90s
















Monday, June 25, 2018

SYDNEY LIGHT RAIL

Transport Heritage Weekend


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A squiz at the light rail, and some heritage bus, action around Sydney Terminal during the Historic Transport Expo.
More historic trains and buses to come.
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