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, September 22, 2010


Yes, I am fully aware that I have an unnatural obsession with the now closed Moreton Mill and its associated railway network. I also acknowledge that the yearly pilgramages that continued after the system was closed may be seen, by some, as a bit much.

However it wasn't until the final two years that I fully realised that this will all be gone and, as the years pass, less and less trace would be still around to remember it by.
Sure there are many who have photos of the mill yard, loaded cane trains coming down Howard Street, empties rattling across the Maroochy lift bridge.
But what of some of the minor bridges, signalling equipment, signage and other related structures that were part of everyday life along these lines.

Sadly I don't have room on the site, or the time either, to include it all. However over the next few weeks we shall take a look back at a selection.

Sandy on a works train on the Coolum line - just north of the historic lift bridge.

Crew crib break at River Depot.

Moreton comes out of Bli Bli cutting and passes the junction for the Punt line.
It is believed this sign, and its copy at the other end of the cutting, managed to be privately preserved.

Moreton crossed the beautiful Maroochy River late one afternoon.

Moreton by the firelight.

Safeworking equipment along the Punt line.

Bridge along the Yandina-Coolum Road.

Bli Bli with a rake of empties at the east end of Howard Street.

Interesting three way point on the truck ramp at Howard Street yard.

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