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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Friday, December 28, 2007

NSW 48 class Forum!


The NSW 48 class locomotive was amazing both in the amount of units built (165) and also the huge variety of uses they have seen over the years.

The first rolled out in 1959 thus making the class 48 years old.

Despite a small locomotive designed for branchlines, these little workhorses, often regarded as the backbone of the NSW railways, have developed a large base of fans who like to research their past and follow what they are up to today.

The last decade has not been kind to the class with many withdrawn and/or scrapped. An unusual number of them have also gone up in flames.

The 48 Class forum is for discussing all aspects of these locomotives, as well as their relatives in South Australia, Broken Hill (Silverton) and similar types overseas. It is directly related to the 44 class forum mentioned in an earlier blog post.
A similar 45 class one is also planned. Same URL with the 48 obviously replaced with a 45.

PHOTO: 4848 waits permission to cross Ocean Street and onto the Botany mainline before pushing back to the yard of the same name. This is the now closed branch into former AMPOL fuel terminal at Port Botany. Photographer:Brad Peadon

The 'Semi-Retired Foamer' will be covering this branch a bit more in coming weeks, while I hope to also list the current situation of all 48 class along with photos.

PHOTO: ST28 and ST29 shut down for the night at the 'then' Silverton Tramway Co depot at Broken Hill. 1999. Photographer: Brad Peadon

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