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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Monday, January 21, 2008

Victoria: Trains, Trams and the Odd Taco! Pt2

Now I feel I must risk causing readers a major foam excreting moment by admitting something very worrisome . While it is not usually publically advertised, the 'Semi-Retired Foamer' does get a throsby over those tram things, not to mention a very slight tingling when it comes to older buses.
I do hope you will tolerate any wanderings in these direction on the odd occasion and I would appreciate no offers of marriage from DFCs of the bus variety.

Trams, or if you must, Light Rail, have long been an icon of Melbourne. They are as much a part of everyday life in that city as the harbour bridge is in Sydney, or railfan fights in Brisbane.
The cities foresight in keeping them, while all other Aussie cities went down the bus path, has proved in more recent times to have been the wiser ones. While Sydney, the Gold Coast and other cities constantly bollock on with light rail ideas that will never actually happen, Melbourne regularly expands its terrific system.
Indeed Melbournites have cracked extreme wobblies at any suggestion that they should be removed and replaced by, eeekkkk, buses.

In our next installment we shall take a look at the choo choos around Melbourne, including some on trackage no longer served by heavy rail.

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