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.. _ _
Hello railfans and other feline molestorers, today I bring forth a collection of 'Train Consist Forms' from the steamiest caverns of my collection. Far from being usless pieces of paper, destined for the loo at Coota south box, these consist forms can provide some very interesting looks into train working, crews, locomotives and carriages used, at a certain moment in time. Now sit back with your favourite brand of tissue and enjoy these looks at the past with train working you will not now be able to find.
Sandown line has long been a favourite of mine and has been the location of many lasts for me. Last CPHs run, last spark services terminating at SDandown and Hardies (yep they stop there once to), as well as what will likely be the last steam hauled tour.
Yesterday it was the last PPL shuttle service from here to Port Botany, the start of a full withdrawal of services from the container terminal at the end of the branch. With fuel services having ceased earlier this year and all the tanks now stored in the Shell terminal, the future of the line now seems bleak.
In coming weeks I plan to find some of my old shots from the line, however, in the meantime, lets look at some views of yesterdays last run.
48136 and 4887 between shunts.
The Shell terminal and stored fuel tankers.
Ali Akbar (Colonel David Phillips) and (Bob Marley) Dennis Hume prepare for departure from Sandown for the last time.
Rest in peace!
STOP CLOSING RAILWAY LINES!
Site of former Sandown station.
A few decades ago I stood in the exact same spot to photograph the
last Hardies terminator.
Not sure if they are laying debts or trying to attract Colonel!
A chorus of ALCo noise and exploding detonators signals the final departure from the Sandown branch at Camelia.
Over the years one builds up an extensive library of train related photos, timetables, documents and other stuff which basically does buggar all other than gather dust. In recent times I have wondered what to do both with these, and all the more current shots, locomotive news and other bollocks I come across while conducting my foamer business. Through this blog I hope to share a lot of this stuff and bore you senseless in the process. Along the way one hopes you will put up with my somewhat unusual sense of humour. Years of putting up with many in the hobby who, well, hmmmmm I suppose you could say lunatic fringe members, has given me more of a view of the hobby as something that is quite a joke. Certainly not the serious thing it once was. Hope you enjoy the bollocks conveyed herein.
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