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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Saturday, April 10, 2010

~~ LADYSMITH 1989 ~~

It was a very wet afternoon that greeted our arrival in Ladysmith, the first stop on a long journey south to Violet Town in order to chase the Flying Scotman through to Parkes. It was the last major trip involving the Scotman in what was a very hectic 12 months of photography.

Ladysmith, a station on the former line to Tumbarumba, remained in rather good condition despite the lines closure in 1975 (opened in 1917). Today the station is under the care of Tumba Rail.

The night was to be spent in a reasonably boring (railway wise) Wagga Wagga, before a very early dash south to meet the famous steamer. However, our ultimate destination was to be Cootamundra after the old Corona has a failure at Bethungra.

Perhaps it was mean't to be, subsequently leading to a very long association and many friendships in the Cootamundra region. To this day, returning to Coota is like returning home after a long time away.


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