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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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Monday, November 26, 2007

Fiji Sugarcane Railways.



Ahhhhhhh 2fts. A guaranteed throsby for even the most one eyed mainline railway fan.

But for something a lot different, rack off from Australia and head towards the beautiful country of Fiji. Once you get past the initial suspisions and realise that their friendliness in genuine (unlike those attitudes left at home) you will find a railway adverture far removed from what your used to.

Hope a cab for a ride through some of the best scenery you will ever see. Be prepared to share the kava (best described as a muddy, peppery type drink that renders your lips numb) with the crew.

Four mills remain operational in Fiji, Lautoka (the largest and most extensive system), Rarawai (Ba), Penang(Rakiraki, the smallest mill with a most interesting fleet) and Labasa.

Whole stick trucks, portable tracks, cattle pulling trucks, hand cutting, its what the Australian cane system was decades ago.

Step back in time, head to Fiji and leave the miserable dribbly foamer culture behind.

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