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, October 1, 2017


One of New South Wale's leading preservationists, Brian Leedham, is spearheading a new campaign to save the historic station, and associated structures, in the north coast town of Glenreagh.
In more recent years, the area has been under the control of the 'Glenreagh Mountain Railway' ( a spin-off of the larger Dorrigo group), however, a lack of interested volunteers has seen the place deteriorate to the sad state it is today.
Brian, who has been travelling widely covering the railway heritage in a number of states, and who was instrumental in getting the 'Merriwa Railway Society' up and going, has now decided to use his talents to try and save this important part of history.
Not happy with the initial dismissive attitude of the 'Australian Rail Track Corporation' (ARTC), Brian has since gained the attention of the media, council and other bodies. He has also set up a group on Facebook that is approaching 400 members and growing constantly.

CLICK HERE: To freely join the group and support this effort.

While Brian works wonders in preservation, he can only do it with the help of all of us. It is a big task, made no easier by the constant attacks on his character, however he wants to give back to the hobby and deserves all the help he can get.
As railfans, I have to believe that none of us wishes to see even more railway history be destroyed. This is why the 'Semi-Retired Foamer', as well as the preservation supporting 'Strange Modelers of Universal Trains', support this great project.

Are you willing to do something for preservation also?

Join in!

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Above photos were taken by the photographic legend that is Wayne Eade, and used with permission.

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