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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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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

~~ A MANLY COLONEL EXPERIENCE ~~

Hello foamers and other various examples of humanity, welcome to another installment of wisdom from your Uncle Spadge.

While your good uncle still spends much time lineside, sometimes the tingling delights of other transport modes becomes to much for me to control and I find myself wandering aimlessly toward something to point the long lens at.

Nowdays things have changed greatly since my early days of transport drooling and, just like the morning after a drunken score at the Oakey pub, you never really know what you will find.
In a rare example of great thinking, our government has introduced a transport 'Family Fun Day' ticket where one can drag ones furry caboose all over State Transit bus/ferry and Cityrail train services for an entire Sunday.

Besides being a cheap way to partake in those fatherly duties you are told you don't do enough of, it also allows much opportunity to obtain photos of, well, things that excite.

Join me in a two part special looking at my day around Manly and the Opera House with Colonel and our respective hornb, ahhhmmm, partners.
I would use the usual 'reflecting on a long career' caption,
but that would be wankie.
Narrabeen heading back to Circular Quay.
The first of Sydney's current Manly ferries, the Freshwater, is seen crossing the heads enroute to Manly.
Lady Wakehurst is one of the two (I think) surviving 'Lady Class' ferries still plying the harbour.
With most of these fine vessels now replaced by those god awful twin hulls, it is a happy moment to catch up with one of these grand old ladies again.
Have you got chips?

We will finish off part one of our Manly coverage with a few of the better looking bits of scenery on the day.




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