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..
We occasionally publish information on the locomotives, and rollingstock, from railways in Australia and the Philippines.
All are available for

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Unless you never see the news, you would be very much aware of the major floods Fiji has been experiencing.
Sadly, as part of this disaster, the sugar mills and railway systems have been copping a severe beating ands it is yet to be determined how much they will recover from it all. Money has already been offered for repairs, but whether or not this will return the railways to their previous extent remains to be seen.

One of the biggest bits of damage was the huge Sigatoka railway (and old road) bridge. Half of it was swept away, while the balance is threatening to follow it at the moment. This lovely old bridge made for some great photos and it will be sadly missed.

We are currently seeking an update on a similar bridge across the Ba River in, well, Ba.

The following photos of the Sigatoka bridge are off Flickr.
All taken by Alicia of Savvy Studios.

Hmmm perhaps something more than tape should have been used
to stop people accessing the ailing bridge.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Hello my fellow foamer friends and welcome to a new year full of train fun and any other bollocks you may well be into, as queer and kinky as that may be.
As I sit here making my first pointless post on the site for 2009, I can hear the distant sound of a freighter screaming through Mt Colah station. No idea what it is, although it does have the unmistakable, and mind numbingly boring, EMD sound.

So no matter how you spend your gunzel year (illegally riding trains, trespassing in yards, fare evading, panning for poo nuggets or riding tours) I wish you all a happy and safe one. I trust you will enjoy reading this website over the coming twelve months.

So what does the next 12 months have in store for the 'Semi-Retired Foamer' site?
No bloody idea really, I will make it up as we go along.
Certainly there will be the usual array of train and other photos, its a safe bet a number of hornbags will also make an appearance, along with my strange, but insightful, views on the hobby and those within it.
In line with tradition, we will not be featuring queer stuff, or that of people batting for the otherside, however shots of a spewing Colonel are almost a certainty.

It will be another big year on the railways - many changes in operations, many new locomotives, new operators starting and older ones dying.
Yes there will be huge amounts of railway nows in 2009 and you can count on the 'Semi-Retired Foamer' to totally overlook it and rave on with endless crap about the past, or current stuff of no real relevance.

Please enjoy - or just rack off.