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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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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

~~ 44 CLASS DEDICATION ~~

OK, while we all (well most of us do) know, the 44 class has quite a huge following, not only in Australia, but also around the world thanks to its cousins overseas.
Its no secret that the 'Semi-Retired Foamer' is obsessed by them (and their overseas cousins), but there are others suffering from the same problem.

This photo was sent in by Glenn Ryan in dedication to our mutual 44 class worshipping mate David 'Gonzo' Kirkland who is alleged to have stated that he hopes to be reincarnated as 4445. ALLEGED!!!!
It shows 4445 in her final days, awaiting scrapping at Junee. While most of her is now gone, her cab was saved and exists in northern NSW.

Heres to our good friend Gonzo.



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