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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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Friday, September 4, 2009


From: OnTrack! Regional Rail Review

Humphrey: We've got to shut down another railway, Minister


Jim: Oh I say, do we?


Humphrey: So it seems minister


Jim: Which one this time?


Humphrey: Over at Cowra

Jim: Cowra! That's the war cemetery place?


Humphrey: Not quite - Japanese prisoners revolted - there was a prison camp


Bernard: Wasn't the natives then?


Others both stare at Bernard


Bernard: Being revolting


(They return to the subject at hand)


Jim: Ah! - That's the report? (Puts his hand out for Humphrey's file which he peruses)

Jim: I see they've got to stop trains to close it down


Humphrey: A tourism group minister - you know, run trains in the week-ends.


Jim: Can they take them somewhere else? People like them y'know - chuffing
about here and there.

Humphrey: Oh yes Minister - there could be arrangements made


Jim: Right - mmmm - right - (reflects) save us money will it?

Humphrey: (nods)


Jim: S'pose we must then - other priorities, eh! - any problems?


Humphrey: The local councils aren't happy


Jim: Local councils are never happy.


Humphrey: They're coming to see you.


Jim: How many?


Humphrey: Five of them


Jim: That many -why?


Humphrey: They've formed a consortium - an alliance - to progress rail -
their railways - this one!

Jim: Did we know?


Humphrey: Oh yes indeed.


Jim: How do they want to progress rail then?


Humphrey: They want to take the lines over.


Jim: Do they? - what a good idea!

Humphrey: I'm not so sure.


Jim: Why ever not? - local enthusiasm, business involvement, productivity,
trains even?

Humphrey: All of that


Jim: Well where's the problem?


Humphrey: They'd probably make a show of it - contain costs - be efficient .


Jim: I see - show how it can be done, eh!


Humphrey: Probably


Jim: Set a precedent?


Humphrey: Yes minister!


Jim: Difficult!


Humphrey: Yes minister!


'Yes Minister! Australia 'is an adaptation from the original BBC series.


OnTrack! Regional Rail Review is published by Big Tree Country Management Services ABN 26 541 262 898 Wahgunyah 3687 Vic Australia Telephone 61 2 6033 3937. Design, presentation , editorial pictorial material and artwork C 2009 BTCMS.

1 comment:

AsianTrains said...

Good satire. Thanks.

Even worse is when local governments give rail the SAME subsidies that roads and air travel get.