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. A few rather unsavoury people bringing that fact home.
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 hate breeders, 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.
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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).
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I don't take the hobby too seriously and I am a friend to anyone who is good and genuine. But never forgive those who have used their hate to destroy my hobby or hurt the friends within it.

Let's Make The Hobby Great Again!
I aim to share the era that I considered mine, the 80s and 90s. I also like to help promote, and even raise funds for, the various heritage societies that keep the era alive
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Thursday, January 14, 2021

DELEC PART 5

 




06-01-1991 (NOTE: All Candy Unless Noted)

42203 42205 42206 42210 42215

4401rt 4438rt 4448rt 4458rt 4468 4477

4601o 4603o 4604o 4605o 4606fr 4609 4610 4612 4613 4621

4625 4628

4629 4636

** 4610 was candy with Freightrail logos.

4802rt 4809r 4813rt 4815rt 4816o 4820o 4822o 4825o 4827rt 4829r

4839rt 4845rt

4891 489rt 4898rt 4899o 48100 48101rt 48109rt 48110 48116r

48118o 48123o

4901g 4902g 4903c 4904o 4905g 4906rt 4907 4908 4909 4911o

4912 4913

4914 4916 4917o

** 4910 and 4916 in modified candy livery around cabs.

7304r 7307r 7331 7341rt 7343rt

8002o 8003o 8004o 8007o 8011o 8021o 8040b 8049r

8141 8147 8157 8160 8162 8163 8166 8168 8169 8172b 8174 8176

8177fr 8178 8179

** 8141 had undergone, or was undergoing, major work.

** 8157 sitting on sleepers at one end.

8601fr 8606 8607 8610 8611 8612 8613 8616 8623 8625

8629 8633 8636 8639 8641 8644 8645 8646 8647 8648

G519

Pending Road: 4633o 4634o 4640 4447rt 4461 7345o 8167fr

Hope Street: 4423r 48152 42211 42213 8608 8615 8640 7344g


28-01-1991 (NOTE: All Candy Unless Noted)

42202 42203 42216 42218b

4405 4448rt 4458rt 4461 4463

4604o 4608 4609 4614 4621 4628 4629 4637

4803o 4804rt 4806rt 4812rt 4813rt 4814o 4816o 4817o 4818rt 4825r

4826r 4830o

4838 4852 4888rt 4891 4892rt 4896rt 4898rt 496rt 4898rt 48104rt

48106

48116r 48117 48152 48154 48157

4901g 4903c 4904o 4905g 4906rt 4907 4908 4909 4910 4911o 4912 4913

4914 4916 4917o 4918

** 4910 and 4916 in modified candy livery around cabs.

7304r 7344g

8006o

8141 8143 8151 8153 8155 8156 8161 8163 864 8171 8172b 8173 8174 8177fr 8179

8505o 8508o

8602fr 8603 8604b 8606 8609 8617 8619bi 8620 8621 8623

8624 8628 8630 8632 8633 8637 8641 8642 8645 8647

FTT-1102 (Budd Railcar)

Pending Road: 4447rt   4625 4633 4634o 4640 7345o

Enfield:   8501o 8506o


31-03-1991 (NOTE: All Candy Unless Noted)

42204 42214

4403 4423r 4448rt 4461 4470rt 4471rt 4472

4601o 4602o 4605o 4610 4613 4615 4617 4619o 4621 4623

4625 4640

4801rt 4810rt 4816o 4822o 4823rt 4827 4828r 4829r 4832r 4833

4842 4843 4846 4847 4848 4852 486o 4888rt 4889 4891

4894 4895rt 4899o 48100 48101rt   48105r 48112fr

4901g 4902g 4903c 4904o 4905g 4906rt 4908 4909 4910 4911o 4916 4917o 4918

** 4910 and 4916 in modified candy livery around cabs.

7304r 7341rt 7343rt 7344g

8001o 8002o 8012o 8019o 8043r

8141 8145 8149 8153 8156 8158 8159 8161 8162 8166

8167fr 8168 8170 8171 8173 8176 8178 8180

8510o

8602fr 8605 8607 8613 8615 8619bi 8623 8626fr 8629 8631

8633 8635 8637 8639 8643 8644 8646 8649

G516 G523

Pending Road: 4447rt 4450o 4603o 4634o 4640 7345o

Hope Street: 4467 4609 4611 4614 4638 8025o


21-07-1991 (NOTE: All Candy Unless Noted)

42204 42211 42220o

4401rt 4403 4405 4427rt 4448rt 4468 4473rt 4494rt

4521

4603o 4604o 4605o 4608 466 4623 4628 4633o 4634o 4637

** 4637 withdrawn, window smashed.

4803o 4806rt 4816o 4820o 4821o

4824rt 4825r 4828r 4832r 4833 4842 4846 4849 4857 4859

4888rt 4890rt 4897rt 48100 48101rt 48102rt 48103rt

48115 48117 48132

4901g 4902g 4903c 4904o 4907 4910 4911o 4914 4916 4917o 4918

** 4910 and 4916 in modified candy livery around cabs.

7307r 7331 7343rt 7344g

8005o 8042r

8138 8141 8143 8145 8153 8154 8155 8161 8163 8166

8170 8172bi 8174 8181fr

8601fr 8602fr 8606 8607 8608 8611 8612 8614 8616 8617

8619bi 8620 8628 8629 8632 8643 8647

G519 G527

Pending Road: 4446o 4447rt 4451 4601o 4640 7341rt 7345o

Wheel Lathe: D6131 D6132 - Tangara

Enfield Yard: 8507o

Hope Street: 42209 - Marulan Yo-Yo truck crash.

4450ow 4454rt 42218bi 4609 4610


1-12-1991 (NOTE: All Candy Unless Noted)

42201fr 42202   42206     42207fr 42213 42216

4403 4405 4451 4456rt 4458rt 4464rt 4465 4466 4468

44211 44215 44239

4601o 4603o 4604o 4605o 4609 4612 4613 4615 4617 4619o

4629 4637

4801rt 4803o 4808 4809r 4814o 4825r 4830o 4831o 4839rt 4845rt

4846 4850 4894rt 4896rt 48115rt

4901g 4902g 4903c 4904o 4906rt 4907 4907 4908 4909 4910 4911o 4911o 4912 4913 4914 4916 4917o 4918

** 4910 and 4916 in modified candy livery around cabs.

8006o 8011o 8026o 8042r 8045r

** 8045 had cab damage.

8128 8142 8146 8150 8151 8155 8158 8162 8165 8167fr

8168 8169

8181fr

Hope Street: 4401rt 4471rt 42218bi 7344g

Pending Road: 7306o 7307o 7341rt 7343rt 7345o 7350o

4447rt 4633o 4634o 4640


30-2-1992 (NOTE: All Candy Unless Noted)
Not a complete listing of attending locos.

42213 42217

4805rt 4806rt 4819o

4902g 4903 4905g

8041r 8045r

8155 8177

8508o 8509o

Hope Street: 4432 4439 8006o 4228bi

7304 7311o 7313 7331

4634 4640 8643

** 7313 - Withdrawn candy with a reverse hood.


16-5-1992 (NOTE: All Candy Unless Noted)
Not a complete listing of attending locos.

4801rt 4859 48159fr

7301

Hope Street: 7304 7311 7331 8606 8610 8003o 4638 4439


23-5-1992 (NOTE: All Candy Unless Noted)
Not a complete listing of attending locos.

4801rt 48159fr

8601fr


12-6-1992 (NOTE: All Candy Unless Noted)
Not a complete listing of attending locos.

8171

8608 8625

4809-Hope Street with MEX sleeping car + sitting car.

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8124 at Delec on November 4th, 1990.
Hunter based 81 class were never very common during our Delec visits. However, on this day 8115, 8119, 8124, 8126 and 8132 were all in attendance.

All of these are still in service with Pacific National.


Preserved 4306 sits at Delec on the night before the depot open day.


A much, much, MUCH, younger me between 4486 and 4446 in the final days for the class.
4446 would go on to be scrapped, much to the upset of the photographer, however 4486 was purchased by the 'Lachlan ALCo Group' and is preserved. 
Photo: David Xuereb


4701 now belongs to the 'Lachlan Valley Railway' and still sees commercial service. She is currently wearing the yellow and black livery of 'Southern Shorthaul'.



Both 8502 and 4611 have gone to the big roundhouse in he sky.


8501 was one of the lucky sparks to survive into preservation. She is owned by the 'Sydney Electric Train Society', while the only other class member to survive, 8507, is owned by the 'Dorrigo Steam Railway & Museum'.


4805 in a new Red Terror repaint, sitting next to 42207 in her unique (for the class) light blue version of the Freightrail Blue livery.
4805 was saved from scrapping and, more recently, has been sitting at the former Broadmeadow loco depot in horrific condition. It is not currently known if she still actually exists.
42207 is doing far better, remaining in use with 'One Rail' as their 2207.


Needless to say, 4804 has since been scrapped.



4830 was heavily stripped by the time of this shot.
She has also been long scrapped.




4405 was one of my personal favourites, but that was not enough to see her survive following the Cardiff Auction.


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While not directly Delec related, I found this while searching the archive for Delec related guff.
It was the auction that greatly changed what would be seen at the depot from there on. 





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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

RANDOM BUS GUFF PT5

 


Despite promises made in part four that it would be a long time before I painfully inflicted more bus photographs upon the world, I have already found more than enough to compile this for your viewing boredom.

This time there is a mix of photos (70s-2000s) from Australia, Fiji and the Philippines. Most were taken by me, others taken by my grandparents. 


Bus and Truck Museum tow truck on King Georges Road at Roselands. This was back in the day when they were still situated at Tempe.


First bus photo I took in the Philippines.
I actually think it is outside Manila, on the road from Sta Rosa to Tagaytay.




Across Australia Coachlines
UBX-949
Eddy Ave (Central)
80s
Apparently this company went on to be part of Bus Australia, which itself merged with Greyhound and Ansett Pioneer, becoming Greyhound Australia.



M/O 1512    
Sydney Domestic Airport 
Things be looking a little different there nowadays.



Mk1 Leyland Leopard
M/O 3728 (From the former Enfield bus depot)
415 to Summer Hill station.
Bus became #21 with Ruttys of Figtree. But would eventually be scrapped.



Deluxe coach passing through Mascot.
1980s.
Company ceased in 1990 with nearly 200 coaches.



MO-1163 (3641 behind)
Homebush Showground
14-4-2000


M/O 3768
302 to Sans Souci
Mascot
Not much left the same in this shot.
3768 is scrapped.
Best and Less is now Auto One.
Newsagent moved to Botany Road.
South Sydney Travel is no longer there. Think it may have been the late Tony Bailey's 'Mercury World Travel' at one stage.



Unidentified Bus
Kildare Road, Blacktown
23-5-2020


Leyland Royal Tiger 3095 Registered. 
31080H at Fairfield Showground 01-12-2018.



M/O 2812
Withdrawn 2011
  Sold to the 'Church of Scientology'
  Bus Australia lists it as now being unregistered in Muswellbrook (2017).




Nothing makes you feel old more than finding a shot you took when about 5 years younger than your son.
2806
Sydney Explorer
Circular Quay



A selection of buses in the old bus area at the east end of Circular Quay.



Busways 903
M/O 8521 on Kildare Road at Blacktown.
23-5-2020


Shore Buses Ltd of Fiji - Phyll Cockle



Back when school excursions meant a ride on a classic bus.
Thankfully my nan took a few shots of these at the rear of Sans Souci Public School.
Yeah, that's me in the top shot, next to board the bus.


Centralian Tours was a favourite operator of  my grandparents, having gone on numerous of their tours.


3809 at Eastgardens (Sydney) - 26-6-2020

I am not much into the buses that followed the old Mercedes. But this type is dwindling in number and have suddenly become worthy of aiming the lens at.

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That's it for me this year, taking a couple of weeks break from the online work and abuse.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who has followed my blogs in 2020, a year that has been terribly hard for most of us, I really hope everyone sees a huge improvement in 2021.
Enjoy...










Monday, December 21, 2020

FROLICKING FRANK - SEASON 1

 


This year I was lucky enough to have my ol mate Frank Kirk offer to let me put his Victorian (and elsewhere) videos on YouTube.
While I have a little big of Victorian footage to go up, the majority of the VHS tape collection had deteriorated well beyond what could be used, even on my low-quality channel.


The first season, seen below, was primarily taken around the Bendigo (Victoria) area, and has a wide variety of locomotive types.
Technical issues gave us a few dramas, the most obvious is the timing details at the bottom of a number of videos. 
While this is going to continue into season 2, Frank tells me he has worked out how to remove it, so it should be resolved down the track.
Anyway, nothing can detract from the wonderful Victorian goodness in each episode.


Please Enjoy.

Part 1 - Bendigo, Bendigo and Bendigo.

Part 2 - Yep, even more Bendigo.

Part 3 - Frankie vertures to Adelaide.

Part 4 - Back To Bendigo.

Part 5 - Frankie takes a look around Bendigo.

Part 6 - Love those C class things?
Frank removes himself from Bendigo, in an effort to see some of these strangely popular beasts in action.
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A huge thank you to my mate Frank Kirk for giving us the opportunity to see his rail videos.
Season two will be a mixture of model, and real, train action. While he assures me that the future holds some pretty awesome older train operations.



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