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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Friday, April 10, 2009


Its not only Melbourne Zoo that the monkeys
are seen on the loose!

OK it's not often that the ' Semi Retired Foamer' treats all his readers with a quizz, so I am sure you will all join me in immense foamer excitment as I ask you to tell me the difference between the two photos below.

Now take your time! Don't race this one because you may may a mistake and waste what is a wonderful opportunity to win 10 years free subscription to this illustrious website.
Now before we answer lets look at an incident yesterday at Morandoo Yards while photographing from a PUBLIC STREET!

After my usual rounds of Newcastle (see my upcoming report on the day) I stopped by a Morandoo Yard with far more interesting locomotives than is usuallythe case nowdays. After a U-Turn I proceeded back to park and get photos, over the fence and not on railway property. While photographing an 80 class an 'SNP Security' car drove up and on seeing me photographing the train drove off, obviously utilizing some brain cells to realise I was one of the hundreds of visiting railfans looking at trains.

All was proceeding well untilI decided to photograph 4836 - which drew the frantic attention of a CHUBB Security guard who saw the photography of a 48 class as a possible action of a terrorist.

I can see Mr Bin Laden right now. Sitting in his cave, pawing over back issues of Railway Digest and having 20 aides research blueprints of the DL531, looking for weaknesses in the design that could be used, the ultimate aim to bring down western civilization.
The future of the world now hinges on a humble 48 class and Mr Chubb (an obvious power hungry cowboy with no comprehension of his actual power on public roads) was going to save us all by removing this highly dangerous railfan of 28 years from the area.


Poor old Mr Chubb had not counted on being subject to the famous Spadge, along with his even MORE famous hatred of these disgusting examples of huma
One enjoys informing these people of the actual laws by which they are
bound and then invite them to call the police.

I never realised how much I missed confronting these morons while I have been spending time out of the hobby. My growing return of interest was given a huge boost as this feral drove off into the distance and I went on
photographing my trains.


So have you come up with a
n answer to our little quizz? Thats right - it was a trick question. There is no difference, they are both a COLLECTION OF TOOLS!

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