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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Monday, March 21, 2011


With nearly four decades of railfanning nunder the belt, it goes without saying that you meet many a fellow railfan during the course of your hobby. Some go on to be long term friends, some more short term, some you wouldn't wanna fall asleep around while alone.
The following selection of shots show a wide variety of these friends, from an equally wide variety to adventures we went on together. Some have sadly left us, but their memory lives on whenever these adventures are relived through photos.

A very young MrX who I still manage to go railfanning with today. Seen here in Brissie during the 90s.

MrX again, this time with Kevin Medley, Michael Stiles and John Auer at Brighton.
Michael passed away at Moss Vale some years ago, John has married and mostly disappeared, while Kevin is occasionally seen at the odd model exhibition or two.

John Solah at Kunkala and not just a little board stiff.

Frank Kirk's old layout in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Spent a few nights on this - actually had a few spectacular prangs on there as well.

Kevin Medley at Victor Harbor in South Australia.

Paskeville RSL - the throbbing heart of South Australia

The Gonzo (David Kirkland) hard at work at Sandown.

Steven Thomas and Scott (Scottgie) Harrison gunzelling the NSW Hunter Valley.

Frank Kirk at Spencer Street.

The sign don't lie.

Steven (KAK) Karas at the Mooney Mooney bridge lookout. I obviously collected stickers back then :-)

Stephen Miller!

God we were young. Think this was the late 80s at Cowra.David Henderson in the 42, me to the left and Peter Bubb to the right. Only just recently remade contact with Hendo, but no idea what has become of Peter Bubb.

The last train to leave Warwick Farm Racecourse.
T LtoR- ?, Glenn Ryan, Andrew Haviland, late Bruce Cook
B LtoR- Peter Bubb, David Kirkland, Roy Howarth, ?
One of the saddest losts to my part of the hobby was that of Bob Potts (yelling from the door) in a motor vehicle accident. A funny bloke, whos company was enjoyed many times either on trains or chasing the things around the countryside. He is seen here leaving Wongawilli in the Illawarra region of NSW.

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