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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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Victoria: Trains, Trams and the Odd Taco! Pt4

OK, yes I have been remiss in my postings again.
Perhaps a firm bott spanking is in order, but that would waste precious time and prevent me from getting around to dazzling you with part 4 of our Victorian journey.
Alas work occasionally gets in the way of the more important stuff and prevents me from drooling forth with endless bollocks about past escapades to hordes off people who probably don't really care one way or the other. :-)

While on the subject, which I wasn't, our 1987 trip to Melbourne was timed, by coincidence, with the upcoming closure of heavy rail services to St Kilda and Port Melbourne. Plan were afoot to convert both into tramways (light rail if you like wankie modern terms) linked into the rest of the tram system.
At this time St Kilda was 100% passenger service, while Port Melbourne, along with its passenger services, still had a daily freight service to Traralgon.

This service was cause for great throsbys amongst local railfans as it would often utilize quad L class electrics.

Indeed I made a special attempt to get out there for it on many an occasion during the trip, however only once did I catch the famed quads and, even then, I didn't get a good enough shot of it.

T: Up Spark arrives at South Melbourne station. 3-3-1987
M: Hitachi set sits at St Kilda station before returning to Flinders Street station. 3-3-1987.
B: L1156 and L1150 cross the Yarra River with a goods train from Port Melbourne to Traralgon. This was a Monday-Friday service departing Port in the late afternoon.

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