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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, 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.
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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Cudgewa Before Human Vermin Move In!


Back in 1988-89 I was at the peak of foamerdom and had joined the many others endeavouring to cover as much of the Flying Scotsman as possible. While I was unable to get the coverage of such gunzel icons as Mad Phil, I did get around to some of the more major occasions.

A extended trip of the Scotman from Melbourne to Alice Springs (I think) was the catalyst for a planned long weekend of gunzelling from Albury to Parkes. A trip subsequently caught short at Bethungra by a misbehaving fuel pump on the old Coronabox.

Despite a long overnight journey from Sydney to Albury (via Cootamundra) we decided to fill in a few hours before hotel check in (I had yet to discover the time passing benefits of Tanduay Rum) by following the old branchline from Wodonga to Cudgewa.

This was a rather hilly and extremely scenic line, virtually guaranteeing a railfan throsby back in the days when trains once travelled to and fro.
An initial stop was made at Huon to check out the rotting remains of the ill-fated museum that was to operate out of here. The project, lke so many others, did not reach fruition and the collection has been scattered elsewhere.

Unike NSW it was interesting to see all tracks had been removed but so many structures still remained, at least they did back then.

The terminus turned out to be a dribblers delight with most structures still intact with just the trackage removed. Many photos were taken prior to heading back the way we had come for a day of sleeping before chasing the Scotsman to Wagga and points north.

I've recently been told that this lovely station building has subsquently been destroyed along with most other structures along the line.


alcogoodwin

2 comments:

Huggies said...

Human Vermin = Railcorp ??

alcogoodwin said...

It certainly sounds like a Railcorp doing but alas this is Victoria so we can't actually blame them this time.