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.

Friday, July 14, 2017


From the Strange Modelers website.

  Status of all locomotives to have been owned by both operators and listing of all known surviving rollingstock.
  Compiled through the worldwide resources of the S*M*U*T research team.

View It On the WEBSITE free today.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


S*M*U*T and 'The Semi-Retired Foamer'' run a number of specialist Facebook research groups based on Australian (and overseas) railway topics.

  All contain a wealth of information about their respective topics.

  Come join us and join in.


Saturday, June 17, 2017


Old, and a little pathetic, but historical none the less.

Corner of Spring an Bourke Streets in Melbourne.
Z1-57 has since been scrapped.

W2 607 was one of the art trams.

Following withdrawal, it was sold to a private buyer in Brooklyn (Victoria). The electric were later sent to the USA, with the body going later.
It's current situation is unconfirmed.

Thanks to Gareth Lumsden

Friday, June 16, 2017

  Once such a common sight on Sydney Harbour, the well known Lady class ferries have been in decline for many years.
  Recently the LADY NORTHCOTT joined the retiree ranks, her future now being uncertain. Hopefully she fins a good owner.
  The following photos were taken during Australia Day this year. The afternoon was spent riding both her, and sister LADY HERRON, on the Taronga Zoo run.

Sunday, June 11, 2017


Unveiling of newly restored (static) ROD 23.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Part 1

Over coming weeks the Semi-Retired Foamer will share a large selection of photos taken at the various BHP steelworks around NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

Interested the railways of BHP in Australia and overseas?
BHP Railway History SIG - Facebook

Monday, May 22, 2017

BHP 103 

The artist formerly known as 4537

A selection of images showing BHP103 during her period working around the steelworks in Port Kembla.
103 was rebuilt from 4537 by Austrac in Junee. It would later go on to be sold to Patrick Rail, later falling into the clutches of that Pacific National mob.
Somehow she beat the odds and went to Balco. An unusual fate for any historic locomotive that has had the misfortune of becoming part of the Pacific National fleet.
Today, 103 is preserved in Tailem Bend.

BHP Railway Information (Australia and Overseas)

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Random Selection

  The BXLA coal hopper was a privately owned coal hopper owned by the steelworks in Port Kembla.
In their later years they were mostly used to service the coal mines at Wongawilli and in the Kemira Valley.
The last were withdrawn a f\couple of years back, though one survivor was recently noticed in use amongst a rake of other hopper types.

BHP Rail History SIG - Research Group
For anyone with a interest in all aspects of BHP railway history
around Australia and the world.

Pacific National are destroying Illawarra steelworks heritage.
Help us raise awareness of this vandalism.

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