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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, 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, May 15, 2010

~~ THE LAST SANDOWN - BOTANY PPL SHUTTLE ~~
14-05-2010

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.






Gunzel!!!!!!






Rest in peace!


Final shunt!



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.


Another foamer....



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.
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2 comments:

Chris said...

That is so sad. Glad you got some pics Brad. Yet another reason to dislike Asciano!! Roll on QRN, G&WA, SSR, IRA, Freightliner etc and win them contracts!

Moose Man said...

That's Bob Emson!