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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, loonatics, mental defectives and self appointed experts lead to an even greater decrease in my hobby participation.
However things have changed thanks our small group of trusted mate, interest has returned, and now I have become a bit more involved yet again. Having learnt to laugh, with others, at all the more 'Moronic Foamers'.
.Oh the irony that lays behind that term.
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Rozelle 1993


Taking a brief break from Moreton Mill to share this track diagram of Rozelle Yard dated back in 1993.
In more recent time this once very busy yard has only seen regular usage to turn Mungo Scott trains and for the occasional usage to store wagons owned/leased by the smaller independent operators.
Last year a truck collided with the overbridge across Parramatta Road thus, "apparently", enabling to do what the railways have wished to do for years, close the line entirely.
Despite the yard being incredibly useful for the storage of wagons when not needed, it seems that only one train (South Spur/Silverton) will ever return to Rozelle, this planned to be a light engine movement to shuffle the trapped flat cars prior to their being scrapped on site. At the time of writing it was still uncertain when this was to occur.
Twas a very sad sight during a visit last week. A heavily overgrown yard with many tracks not visible through the grass, a rake of South Spur wagons awaiting scrapping, as well as a old 'Spark' shed shunter and some ballast wagons which will likely share the same fate.
All a bit of a waste really, however all will not be lost to rail with the 'Sydney Light Rail' planning to use the tracks to extend its system, which already utilizes the goods line from Darling Harbour to Rozelle (just visable in the map).

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