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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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Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Twas a sad, yet happy day really, the day of the Cardiff auction. So many good old ALCos went to scrap, but many more than though managed to survive. Neither 4469 or 4482 were among the lucky ones though and are now just consigned to history.

4401's regular service days were finished, but she would go on to preservation.


4463 leads two sisters through High Street (Maitland) enroute to Brisbane.


4468 is seen here mid-way through painting into the short lived heritage scheme.

The application of the yellow lining would see her return to traffic and also be a part of the historic last loco hauled passenger service from Goulburn.


4475 withdrawn at Delec.


4493 also withdrawn at Delec.



4484 awaits decision on her future at the Cardiff auction.


4486 and 4857 sit at Port Botany, awaiting permissione to head off towards Enfield.


Possibly one of the 44s that haunted me most, good ol 4467 is seen sitting at Hope Street with the ex-fiancee Julie hanging off the side.


4490 and 4401.


4401 getting an Indian Red repaint.



One of the lucky two 44 class, the other 4406, to achieve the important ranks of my favourite.

4460 is seen arrivingat Sydney Terminal on another Goulburn passenger.


4458 4427 4474 at Ariah Park on an up 3270 Griffith Speedfreight.



4458 at Barellan (Griffith line)


4457 stored at Parkes.


4456 at Sydney Terminal with the Sydney Express (ex-Melbourne) behind.


4456 in her lovely original livery passes through Campsie in the 80s.

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