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.

Let's Make The Hobby Great Again!
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017


  It is with some sadness that we reach the final instalment of our SMUT "Preservation Volunteers" series, a look at SMUTTERs giving to preservation.
I hope that we have been able to show you the great work our members do, despite the accusations of a couple of self-appointed railway preservation supremos.
  This important work, regardless of the haters, and we encourage everyone to try to donate a little of their time to forwarding the hobby.
 Let's make railfanning great again :-)

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Michael Grantham at Zig Zag.

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A little Grantham being prepared for a railfan future.

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SMUTTERs Michael Grantham and Chris Eagle, with others.


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Some of Roy Howarth's handiwork. 

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Linda at State Mine. 

Thank you for viewing our tribute to SMUTTERs and their great 
work in the area of preservation.

Whether it is rail, bus or water based, there is a good chance you will find a SMUTTER in there and hard at it.

The haters may hate - But they are never going to win.

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