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.
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).
I don't take the hobby too seriously and I am a friend to anyone who is good and genuine.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

G'day foamers, last weekend a free afternoon following a late friends birthday allowed me the opportunity to go take a look at a former coal line in Newcaslte thats long been on my to do list.
This branch junctioned off the Belmont line just north of Whitebridge at, not surprisingly, Dudley Junction, then leading a curvey course through local suburbs to the colliery.
Sadly, time was short and only so much could initially be seen, however a follow up visit, including walk, is already being organised

The above map from Google Earth was what we initially used for our visit. Unfortunately we are not quite sure of where the line ran in the Whitebridge area.

Presumably a bridge or short tunnel exists under all this growth on Burwood Road.


Then And Now
Its hard to imagine the activity that once went on in what is now a football field.
The two photos above compare shots, the earlier one being courtesy of the State Library of NSW

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