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!

Thanks for joining me for an early journey down to Victoria, more specifically Melbourne.
Contrary to what many believe, Melbourne is not actually in Mexico, however regular shuttle flights depart regularly for those stupid enough to make the mistake. There is also some Mexican food and beverage outlets should you have an extended wait for the next plane.

1987 saw my second trip to Melbourne, one that would lead to yearly adventures down there and even, for a short period, a desire to become a resident. To think that I would have actually moved there thinking that trains were a good enough excuse. What a Foamer!!!!!!
This was also in my earlier photographic days so the selection to choose from is not the best. It didn't help that I was in my prime gunzel days and as such needed to capture as much as possible, be damned with the quality.

We departed a very wet and miserable Sydney early on March 2nd on the now deceased 'Intercapital Daylight Express'. Not sure why I chose the train, afterall I was driving by this time, perhaps it was a desire to see what trains would be past enroute.
It was quite likely that I was less than impressed, with the only notes here showing 86??+8603 at Sydney Terminal having arrived from Brisbane, 4808 shunting at Cootumundra and a couple of rubber tyred railmotors at the same location. I do seem to remember 4842 at Harden as well, perhaps my lack of notes was due to not photographing the subjects seen.

Anyway, arrival in Melbourne was after dark so a hasty retreat, past some local derelicts, to the Victoria Hotel in Little Collins Street (does it still exist?) was in order.

PHOTOS: All on 2-3-1987!

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