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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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Tuesday, August 11, 2015


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Sunday, August 9, 2015

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'v
e 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Sadly this locomotive is now withdrawn and, despite preservational interest, Pacific National is hell bent on cutting all her type up.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Another loco to now be withdrawn and awaiting the Pacific National gas axe is D29, seen here on a torpedo shunt in much better days.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.