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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Monday, September 15, 2014


Another dive into the bowels of the archive!

One of those rare times when you turn up just in time to grab the shot.
For once luck was on our side as got up on bridge, pulled out cameras and the Indian Pacific rolls on by.

4461 4701 4458 power up for the final stretch to Sandgate as they pass an up Newcastle service.
The 44s are now both in storage at Goulburn and believed to be for sale.

Once a big part of the suburban Newcastle seen, the spuddy sets have now gone.
This particular set has been preserved.

Warabrook wheatie.

Warabrook cement.

9012 9005 lead a up coal towards Port Waratah at Warabrook station.


Bordertown Hotel - South Australia

Kilbride crossing.

Train photo locations don't come much better than Bombo.
Shame about the topic and that the whole scene has now been defaced with overhead wiring.

Bordertown railway yards.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Because some people find them interesting.

  Yes, yes, yes, I know I am not noted for my endless dreary catalogue of horizontal elevators, but sometimes boredom takes over while awaiting the real stuff and one wishes to just test ones camera.
  However, time does change things and upon revisiting these shots you find tingles in areas just number by the sight of a passenger carrying toasted.

Unanderra with a U Boat. At the time it was probably one of the most vile sights you could hope to find.
But now, well nowdays,  with the U Boats gone, the view before you seems a tad less repugnant.

Pretty sparks headed back to Flemington.

Y2 Carlingford shuttle on a warmish summers night way back sometime.

Flemington shunters in the brief period they existed in this work before repaint.
Thanks to Roy Howarth and Glenn Ryan for details.

Did the rattlers look any better than when they wore the blue and white.
Even I went crazy trying to get shots and videos of these beasties.

More random photo bollocks shortly.