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 7, 2007

Snapshot: Cootamundra 28-3-1968

The 90s saw me spend bulk amounts of time harrasing the good folk around Cootamundra, most especially the wonderful employees of the now closed Cootamundra North box. Most of whom were always welcoming and helpful.

Each month we would head south west to this lovely town and photograph whatever the railways put on that week. Much of this was concentrated around the soon to disappear ALCos and the signalling that managed to last until just recently.

The attached files shows a glimpse of what was happening around Cootamundra on the 26th of March 1968, just under 6 months prior to the birth of the 'Semi-Retired Foamer'. These were rescued, with thanks to a local employee, just before the old railmotor shed was demolished and form part of an interesting pile of similar which turned up recently.
While I still occasionally venture to the 'Wattle City', it is now just a shadow of what it was back then and it is usually just a stopover on a run to other locations.

Hope they are of interest.


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