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. _ _
Monday, December 7, 2015
44 CLASS - WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Technical Details - Liveries Worn - Current Situation
The first selection of red rattlers from the days of old in Sydney. On the eve of a restored heritage set again roaming around Sydney on tours, it was thought a good time to trawl through the collection in search of spark type memories.
The background here in Rhodes is now one more of units than industry.
Back in the day when we had open days. Poor old C3413 was not looking happy at the Chullora/Elcar Day.
Zoo train made an impression as it went by.
Would partake in my work lunchbreaks down at the Campsie footbridge watching the old reds going to and fro. The four tracks on the left most line is a weighbridge which, like the train set and even the bridge I am on, has disappeared from the scene here.
Contrary to what the caption says, this is actually Clyde.
This Red Rattler be looking a little blue. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- More Rattlers coming very soon. Try to exercise some sort of patience.
It is perhaps timely that I share these shots given that the recent development at the racecourse has seem much of the remaining rail related infrastructure wiped from the face of the earth. The signalbox survives at the Rail Transport Museum in Thirlmere, but most everything else here is no more than a distant memory.
Quarter of a century later and the 'Strange Modelers of Universal Trains' run a tour that saw me again return to the racecourse station, this time by bus. For more details regarding this group and their future tours, check out the website.
HELLO AGAIN - I'M BACK Yeah, I have been somewhat slack in my duties to this blog. A combination of my business, running a model train social group, tours and moving one's place of residence has prevented me from partaking in the important task of keeping railfans entertained. I would love to be able to assure you that these delays will not occur again, but I would be lying to you. You don't want lies do you?
For my first post this century, I have a number of juicy BHP Port Kembla shots for you to devour. I've recently been working on a number of related project and many photos have come forth.
Back in the days of pride, many of the BHP owned BXLA coal hoppers were painted up in special liveries to promote local organisations or company products. BXLA154 was decorated for the Wollongong Wolves.
D44 on a coil steel shunt in the steelworks. Sadly this locomotive is now withdrawn and, despite preservational interest, Pacific National is hell bent on cutting all her type up.
8236 hauls the official train at the opening ceremony for Dendrobium Mine (formerly Kemira).
Believed to be a former PT flat placed upon the bogies of a Torpedo wagon for heavy weighbridge testing.
A scene never to be repeated, D51 and D49 have been scrapped, while the Wongawilli lines very infrequent usage nowdays.
IRON KEMBLA at the Port Kembla steelworks.
Another loco to now be withdrawn and awaiting the Pacific National gas axe is D29, seen here on a torpedo shunt in much better days.
A shortage of locos saw two Silverton 442S class join the BHP fleet very temporarily. Time was running out, the takeover of operations by Pacific National was not that far in the future, a change that now sees the historic English Electric fleet in the process of being removed from existence.
Over the years one builds up an extensive library of train related photos, timetables, documents and other stuff which basically does buggar all other than gather dust. In recent times I have wondered what to do both with these, and all the more current shots, locomotive news and other bollocks I come across while conducting my foamer business. Through this blog I hope to share a lot of this stuff and bore you senseless in the process. Along the way one hopes you will put up with my somewhat unusual sense of humour. Years of putting up with many in the hobby who, well, hmmmmm I suppose you could say lunatic fringe members, has given me more of a view of the hobby as something that is quite a joke. Certainly not the serious thing it once was. Hope you enjoy the bollocks conveyed herein.