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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Thursday, March 1, 2018


Welcome to another thrilling instalment of our 90s Victorian joyride.
This one concentrates more on the box type locos, however, we are making our way towards the more firm faves in railfan circles.
Now before sitting down to your typewriter and sending me letters full of grief, I do fully understand that these shots are not all taken in Victoria. The concept is more to show Victorian locos/trains, some of which ran in other states at the time.

No long a junction by this time, Yass Junction was the former junction for the line to Yass Town.
The branch closed at the end of the 80s, the main traffic by then being fuel for the CALTEX depot just beyond the terminal station.

Friday nights and Saturday mornings would usually find us at Menangle.
Alas, finding a life put an end to that.

A somewhat overpowered train :-)

The Intercapital Daylight Express between Sydney and Melbourne was always guaranteed to provide some entertainment on an otherwise quiet Cootamundra afternoon. By this time, the 81 and G class were the norm for this service, this remaining the case until the XPT took over the run.

Stay tuned for next months enthralling instalment.  

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