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..
We occasionally publish information on the locomotives, and rollingstock, from railways in Australia and the Philippines.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

As part of the task of cataloguing the massive collection accumulated over the years, I recently decided to start going through all the slides.
The of the 80,000+ print collection has been gone through numerous times, but the slides have not been looked at for a couple of decades.
Needless to say, I am finding a huge amount of surprises within the confines of those dusty slide boxes and, being the generous chap that I am, I shall be bringing forth a lot of these for your enjoyment.

Boorowa had not long seen it's last grain train when these shots were taken. The yard, such as it was, was still intact, as was the bridge approaching the yard, signalling and turntable.
In 2017, it is far from a pretty sight.
The classic truck in the top shot is believed to be an International.

One of the lesser known stations on the Sydney network.
Hope Street was a railway employees platform to the south of Delec.

Galong track diagram.

Galong station, facing north towards Sydney.
photo taken prior to the derailment that saw a good portion of the

down building demolished.

Grenfell station a few years after closure.

Forbes station, on the Stockinbingal-Parkes line, has not changed much more than a paint job into different colours.
Forbes opened in 1893.

Candy, it just improved the look of everything.

Not much was left of Sodwalls in the late 80s, but there was still 
far more than exists in 2017.
The station, complete with passenger amenities, first opened back in 1872.

As was the custom of the day, every Hunter trip commenced with a visit to the Toronto branch, before heading around to the Belmont line.
This morning we were a little earlier, being there to watch the sun rise up over Lake Macquarie. Sadly those shots did not scan well.
The morning sun had just fully lit the whole station when this shot was taken. Soon we would send the next couple of hours chasing spuddies back and forth to Fassifern.


More slides from the SRF and S*M*U*T archive coming shortly.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Definitely nothing like it looks today, these photos are taken on the old Abattoirs loop. This area is all part of the current Olympic Park. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

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I think October 22nd was the fourth time I have been in to Sydney Harbour to farewell the two harbour icons, LADY HERRON and LADY NORTHCOTT. Each time you feel saddened that you will probably never get to ride these ferries that you grew up with.
Only a couple of months ago we were riding LADY HERRON on the Taronga Zoo run, before going out to Balmain to see a retired NORTHCOTT.
 This time it was the other way around, HERRON at Balmain for a couple of weeks and NORTHCOTT carrying large amounts of passengers to the zoo.
  Large amounts they were as well. With a capacity twice that of the new garbage infesting the harbour, they do not leave people behind at the zoo (as the new VICTOR CHANGE was noted to do).
While this was to be the last day of operation, she did a few runs on Monday and Tuesday before heading to Balmain to join her sister resting and thinking about their long and glorious career.
However, all may not be over. With the more modern ferries unlikely to cope with summer traffic, it is expected that at least one will see some use over this peak period.
  While there is a hugely popular plan to retain them and a petition launched to give to the government.

Join me below as I look back on a days worth of cruising the harbour on it's finest lady.
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Wooohoooo, first time in the cab. Ahhhmmmm wheelhouse.

Nothing beats the beauty of Cremorne Point.
Thanks Taki.

The new ferry DAVID HAMLIN heads back to the QUAY from Double Bay.

Trust you enjoyed your Sydney Harbour adventure.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017



  As part of SMUT's continuing commitment to furthering the preservation scene and railfan retail industries, we have launched a trial website aimed at promoting such.
  All posts placed on the site are done so free of charge and people are invited to email us with possible contributions of relevance. All contributions should be relevant to the two topics.
  Retailers are invited to show us new products.

  Thank you to all our SMUT supporters for helping us promote and grow this wonderful hobby.
  Thank you to all our haters for showing us how important it is to help promote the hobby for the future.....oh and a pretty good laugh.


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I have lost access to all SMUT groups on Facebook for a week.
Yet another attack from someone wishing to put a stop to what our group does.
While we have a good idea who this person is, we are awaiting a response from Facebook, a response that will hopefully confirm this suspicion.
If that confirmation comes, it will be placed up here.
Until the ban is lifted, I apologise for any lack of group responses during this time.
Sadly, there are many in this hobby who are offended by the work we do.

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DEB Set Fundraising Raffle 2017 No. 3

  How can you help see a 12 inch to the foot scale DEB? By assisting in reintroducing it before its HO scale replica is released!
  As usual I will ask that you can share as many times as you can, this is quite an investment and the more people involved the greater profits go to returning a NSWGR DEB Set back into service - preferably before the HO scale replica is released!
   This is a Special raffle as all 3 prizes are roughly the same, however listed in my preference!
  Now I would sit here and explain the history of the prize train but let’s be fair….. If you don’t know by now maybe this is not the group for you (joking, but best to start reading!)

FIRST PRIZE – HO scale Eureka NSWGR 4 Car DEB Set (Reverse Livery) with Sound.
SECOND PRIZE – HO Scale Eureka NSWGR 4 Car DEB Set (Indian Red Livery) with Sound.
THIRD PRIZE – HO Scale Eureka NSWGR 4 Car DEB Set (Candy Livery) with Sound.

  As you all know the sets have not arrived yet, however they are ordered and paid for. As soon as they land they will be delivered to the winners. I will keep everyone up to date on arrival times for the sets.

Donate HERE and help this important project.

NOTE; This has not been started to begin a flame war with the Candy Community. Maybe.
  To be drawn on April 14th 2018.

Friday, November 10, 2017


  Spring has sprung and Korean Air celebrates by sending their awesome new B748s our way.

Sadly, this is only a temporary thing, with the airline expected to start throwing the far less attractive A380 our way for summer.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Philippine Railway Historical Society   News and History!


The sister group to this one, looking at the railway (and other) hobby in the Philippines.
There are still railways in the Philipines and expansion seems likely.
Railfanning there is not the fun experience it once was, the growing numbers of security guard, and paranoia, has made it a little bit harder to conduct our pastime.
However, at least they are paid minions, unlike the self-appointed railfan nazis we ut up within Australia.
Better still, most seem horrified by the prospect of telling a foreigner what to do.

If bored, come and look at our PRHS blog, you may find yourself enticed enough to go argue with moronic security guard as a change from moronic foamers, and the groups about them. Hiya Greg.

PHRS Blogsite