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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Thursday, March 3, 2011

The forthcoming need to extract ones buttocks from its home of around 15 years has lead to an even greater need to sort through the endless rubbish (term normally used by ones spouse) that forms ones monumentally sized archive.
While going through the seemingly endless supply of photos, books, articles, magazines and girlie publications, one is always faced with the ever present need to downsize before the big move. Of course this is a painful task for the Semi-Retired Foamer who, if forced to dump all he has collected, will actually be promoted to a fully retired foamer.
So it is, with heavy heart and a bottle of Bundy, one finds the need more urgent to share his memories with a world of railfans who, well quite frankly, don't give much of a dropping.
With this in mind - I present the following random selection.

No idea where we were headed when we found this mess under the south freeway overpass at Glenlee. I seem to think it was a work related trip, but can't think why, unless it was for that god awful Moreton Hire company who does the exhibitions.
Agggghhhhh Moreton Hire. what a awful chapter in ones life that was. Can't believe people still willingly work for that company. Seems more and more arent though.

From Glenlee we head numerous kilometres south to Glenalta in the beautiful Adelaide Hills..
Spent a lot of time around here in the 90s, photographing the last years of the broad gauge interstate freights, boring the hell out of the ex-fiancee and dealing with the endless spiders the Hills region has to offer.
Still, the local railfans had an entertaining soilution for said spiders that involved spraying them with a flammable liquid and igniting with a ciarette lighter.

Bituman wagons that sat isolated for many years on disused track at Sandown.
No idea what become of them, however they are not there any longer.
With no regular traffic over the Sandown line, od knows what the whole lines future is.

A British Airways 747 arriving in Sydney during the mid 90s.
The future of these beautiful craft seems a bit shakey, with the onslaught of many new types, including the ghastly looking Airbus A380.
Boeing has come forth with a 747-800 in answer to it, but delays and orders have, sadly, been less than inspiring.

Ariah Park, a lovely looking station on the Cootamundra to Griffith line.
Twas once a regular haunt for me back in the days of 44s, 421s, 48s and the Griffith Speedfreight to Botany.
No idea what it looks like today, but this was the mid 90s.
Remember Ansett and their sponsorship of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney?
RIP Ansett

Albury signalbox before the yard was violently raped and violated by progress.

Air New Zealand at Smogney Airport

600ZD in Victoria

18BV 32AV 40ABV at Ballarat in Victoria

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