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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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Bli Bli Pies & Randy Ducks - It Can Only Be Moreton! Part 2.

Arguably Moreton Mill's most well known and popular locomotive, BLI BLI was built in 1965 by E M Baldwin (6/1257.1.7.65) and spent her life hauling sugarcane from the fields back to Moreton Mill.
After closure of the mill she spent the next couple of years helping with removing the track she spent so many years on before being sent to Bingera Mill in Bundaberg. How much use she has been receiving there can hopefully be answered by one of the readers of this blog.
Having taken hundreds of shots of BLI BLI it would be to much of a task finding the best, so for now I have included shots inside and out of the cab, as well as one poassing through the Dunethin Rock picnic ground.
Its a safe bet that she will be appearing again.


Not discovered until the late 1990s, the picnic grounds situated on the banks of the Maroochy River at Dunethin Rock were always a favourite photographic location. Lunch would be grabbed prior to a chase along the line and consumed while waiting for whatever loco (usually BLI BLI) to return with the fulls.
On this day she had a rake of empties heading for the outer reaches of this branch.

Moreton staff were nearly always helpful and friendly, especially in the final years when they became more used to hordes of foamers heading to Nambour to get one or two shots for their collection.
While partaking in a crib break at River Depot I was invited to hope into BLI BLI for a look.
Such a popular loco must certainly be worthy of preservation. Hint Hint Albion Park ;-)

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