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, loonatics, mental defectives and self appointed experts lead to an even greater decrease in my hobby participation.
However things have changed thanks our small group of trusted mate, interest has returned, and now I have become a bit more involved yet again. Having learnt to laugh, with others, at all the more 'Moronic Foamers'.
.Oh the irony that lays behind that term.

Saturday, March 18, 2017



  It had been six years since I last step foot in the Philippines, a combination of a few things leading to the break.
Like the last run, it was to be only short. Eight days was my limit and much had to be packed into this time. A 20th anniversary party, catching up with many friends (new and old) and time out photographing the transport.
  Transport wise, not a huge amount has changed over the past six years.
  The national railways (PNR) struggle on with little government funding and the overhead systems struggle to cope with patronage well beyond that which they were designed for.
  Services to Calamba, touted by PNR back in 2011, have still yet to eventuate. As does the return of the Bicol Express.
  LRT1 and MRT3 are still not connected, either direct or through a common station. While a whole fleet of Chinese vehicles mean't for the MRT3, still langish at the north end of the system, awaiting the day they can be laced in service to assist with the ridiculous peak hour crowds.
  Point to Point (P2P) buses have become a popular part of the Philippine transport scene, but they are subject to the same horrid traffic problems as the normal services are.

  I am currently working of a trip report, a link for which will appear here. However, over the coming weeks the Semi-Retired Foamer will be showing many of the shots taken during this momentous event.


  We start with Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport prior to departure.

Friday, March 17, 2017


Whether or not they are NORTH SOUTH or WEST RAILfans.
They will do it to you eventually, no matter how well you treat them.
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Friday, February 3, 2017

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Those trains are not a cheap thing to collect, especially if you require a fleet.

For a little extra to put towards your next model 48 class.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Welcome to the first of a multi part series looking at Australia Day in Sydney.
The day started with the customary look at the heritage buses operated by the Sydney Bus Museum, followed by a journey on the, soon to be withdrawn, Lady Class ferries to Taronga Zoo wharf.
 Buses and ferries are where my transport interests started decades ago. It was refreshing to spend a day back in that world, well away from the hatred of the railfan hobby. It is intended to spend another day on the Harbour Lady's again soon.

Leylands - Surely the best looking buses to ever ply Sydney roads.

David Oaten was more popular than the buses when it came to photos.

Mr Whippy was a trial build of a bus.

Ladies were over from South Korea purposely to take part in Australia Day.

Jo from Germany turned out to be quite the fan of shipping worldwide.
One of about three requests for photos to be emailed. 

A Lady that will soon disappear from the harbour.

This guy had me quite fascinated. Thought he trip he had a number of people photograph him holding this sign with a Sydney icon behind him.
Asked to take a shot of this going on.
Of course it came with a promise to send a copy of the shot again.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

A Pictorial Look at the 
Australian NR Class.

  Over the next few weeks we shall take a look at the NR class locomotive.
  Hardly riveting in the looks department and the reason for the loss of many older units, they none the less have made a massive impact across Australia and continue to rack up massive kilometres each week.

For further information on the NR class, please check out the S*M*U*T Modellers information pack on the class.
NR Class Info Pack.

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Semi-Retired Foamer, after around seven years, is giving in to the pressure and hatred that exists in Facebook and taking a good long, and quite indefinite, break from that horrid little world.

It is quite surprising how this hatred can drag you down to it's level and then beat the bollocks out of you.
My interests have already been taken far away from rail, however, while I still have the desire to work on a couple of major railway projects, I am planning to put this newly found time to good use.
If there is one piece of good advise I can give. When using Facebook beware, not everyone out there has good intentions for you. It is an incredible tool for keeping in touch with friends, sharing photos and especially researching.
However, a little bit of effort from anyone who may harbour ill intentions, can see lives manipulated and ruined.
Far to often, I feel the hobby tends to forget it is mean't as a fun pastime.

Be good to each other.

RP-C3347 seen in the revised Cebu Pacific livery.