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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, loonatics, mental defectives and self appointed experts lead to an even greater decrease in my hobby participation.
However things have changed thanks our small group of trusted mate, interest has returned, and now I have become a bit more involved yet again. Having learnt to laugh, with others, at all the more 'Moronic Foamers'.
.Oh the irony that lays behind that term.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Welcome back to a month of 44s with the Semi-Retired Foamer!

44100 was a historic locomotive, not only in Australia (then the last of the largest mainline loco class in Australia), but worldwide as the last of the 'World Series' built anywhere.
Unlike the first World, which is now preserved in Spain, 100 sadly went on to be scrapped after the 1994 auction - despite efforts top save her.


4486 had just been restored and was out for her first run from Cowra (top shot) to Woodstock (above shot). The locomotive has sinced moved to Sydney, the line long since closed.

A very rare location for 4448 and 42220, seen arriving at Wongawilli on the private, then BHP owned, coal branch. Was part of a tour around the Illawarra.

Whittingham.


4401 at Hope Street (Sydney)


Heck I was a lot younger back when I took this shot of myself with 4401.
Much More 44 Action To Come.

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