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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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

~~ WHERE IS IT (1991) ~~

Monday, March 29, 2010


For a brief change of pace from all the old shots, here we see some from last weekends journey down to Port Botany to show my American mate Ted around.
Work continues in an effort to upgarde the yard before the third port is opened, with the focus on this day being the entry into the P&O Terminal.
With any luck, along with some enthusiasm (a rare commodity nowdays), I hope to show the results of this work later.

New points being installed at P&O.

Ted enjoying the minimal amount of rail action, while awaiting the 48 class.

Align Center48136 4898 4903 shunt Patricks.

4903 4898 48136 arrive at Botany from Sandown with a very excited
Colonel (Davo Phillips) up front.

1445 and 1446 pass through Gelco enroute to Botany.

1431 shunts past the trackwork at Port Botany, pushing back into Patricks.

Same again, just a tad earlier.

A third 1431 helping for those with a weird liking for these beasts.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Yet another selection of old photographs from the murky bowels of ones extensive photographic collection.
As always there is no particular order or theme, just as they are extracted from within.

This layout disappeared many years ago and was the last one I even actually built.
Called Murabit, its a real town, but a fictional railway,
on the NSW/Victorian border.

Yeah I know its a bit of an overused theme, but it gave me reason to utilize the V/Line stuff I had at the time.
I think the 48 is the only unit to survive in the collection as I slowly move towards modelling the 'South Maitland Railways' this year.

Angeles City, to the north of Manila (Philippines) is certainly famous for its delicious woman of questionable employment.
It has long been the destination for lonely dribblies, railfan or otherwise, who like to feel they are wanted by the female half of the species, or who wish to unload years worth of pent up frustration.
However, AS I AM MARRIED, I just went and visited the old railway yard of the 'Philippine National Railways' and then moved on to points north.
Hmmmm they were certainly colourful from the outside those bars.

Back to Australia and we find Silverton near the NSW/South Australia border.
Taken during a visit in the 1990s.

The spectacular (I think that is the official term as used by all tourist brouchers) Zig Zag Railway in the Blue Mountains of NSW.

My god its a bus.
A MAN at Cremorne wharf in the livery of old.

Yep, another bus. This time an ex-Sydney Leopard in Queensland.
Obviously I wasn't bothered noting the location and old age means I can't remember where it was.

Remember the days of orange buses and trams around Melbourne?
Doncaster Depot in 1988


Where is my brother Woodrow standing in his OH&S approved safety vest?

Guesses: None needed!

Answer: Bushells Hill - Mt Kembla (Chris Stratton)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It has been a while since we delved into the archives of foam. Have been on a long holiday, been on the prowl for more work and now have a few other worries.
Still, I have been busy getting photographs ready (usually involving photographing old shots and then downsizing them - which dosen't always give spectacular results) and have quite a few backed up for your viewing pleasure.
This is just a quick selection as I must attend to a real paying job tomorrow.

1991 FL403 preserved at Woy Woy Public School.
Is it still there?

1991 Bridge to the south of Cowra.

A place in South Australia (just) with the very unfortunate name of Cockburn.
It was obvously the location of many a childish railfan giggle.

Now it is back to March 1988 when we turned up at Merriwa railway station in a Corona with a smashed front end (thanks to a driver falling asleep at Dunedoo).
Merriwa is currently in the middle of a new preservation attempt.

1990 Marinna station in the Riverina.

Up to the present with a photo of Philippine National Railways U14C #906.
4-2-2010 Caloocan Workshops Manila, Philippines