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The Semi-Retired Foamer has been a railfan since he was around 5 years old, oh yes a very young age, an 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 preservation overlords lead to an even greater decrease in my hobby participation.
However things have changed thanks to our small group of trusted mates, interest has returned, and now I have become a bit more involved yet again.
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Over the years I have tried my best to further both the hobby, as well as the friendships that it brings. I have done this by setting up proactive groups both here in Australia, as well as the Philippines.
It is with huge honour that I am often considered the founding father of the railfan hobby in the Philippines (my second home).
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I don't take the hobby too seriously and I am a friend to anyone who is good and genuine.

Let's Make The Hobby Great Again!
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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Welcome back. We be running out of month, but far from running out of 44 class.

It is quite possible the series will now run into May.

In the meantime, here be another juicy selection from the final years.

The end is nigh with the last loco hauled Goulburn train having arrived in Sydney Terminal and run around. It will shortly leave for the very last time.

This event was even covered by the media, with one Sydney major featuring a photo of the train, as well ad David Xuereb, the late Bruce Cook and the Semi-Retired Foamer himself.

Both 44s live on.

4484 and 4497 stop briefly at Taree with a north bound freighter for Brisbane.

Taree, at this time, was a hotspot for ALCo action, with no lesser makes to be seen.

Late one Saturday night we found 4403 sitting at Cooks River staff hut for a while. Twas awaiting its chance to buggar off towards Port Botany.

Obviously in those days I had not real life which, while quite sad, is worth it now.

The big Cardiff auction in 1994 where the fate of many a NSW ALCo was sealed.

4472 become one of the lucky ones and has survived till today.

Many an hour was spent at High Street station during the first half of the 90s, with the Coachstop Caravan park being the gnzel residence of choice prior to the Neath Hotel.

4470 is seen heading through the station on the down.

4486 4446 at Delec.

Preserved 4306 and 4401 depart Delec and pass Hope Street.

Inside the cab of 4401 just prior to withdrawal.

4442 still in service - now long since gone to the big depot in the sky.

4451 4804 4855 down freight between Douglas Park and Maldon.

Siggggh - days much missed.

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