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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Sunday, December 6, 2015


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.

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