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.
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. 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
We occasionally publish information on the locomotives, and rollingstock, from railways in Australia and the Philippines.
All are available for

Please email me should you wish to use anything from this site !

Monday, October 18, 2021



Another dreary selection of photos and sightings.
January 1995

9-1-952117D 2118DBitumenPinkenba07:47 
 1475 -ShuntPinkenba07:50 
 OLEM 44221-AMPOL Sdg08:15 
 1648 -Shut DownHamilton Lands08:40 
 1526 -ShuntLytton09:20AMPOL Terminal Branch
 1461 -ShuntFishermans Is09:45 
 2499D 2193FCoalFishermans Is09:58 
 1550 -Light EngineMayne10:47 
 1509 1512 1519 1530DepotMayne12:11 
 2112 2113 2114 2115DepotMayne  
 2116 2117 2118 2123DepotMayne  
 2199 2200 2212 2214DepotMayne  
 2419 2421 2465 2501 DepotMayne  
 2505 1707 1710 1766DepotMayne  
 1769 1465 1477 DH73DepotMayne  
 3906 3908 3912 3915DepotMayne  
 3916 3917 3921 3923DepotMayne  
 3924 3925 3926 3929DepotMayne  
 1901 RailcarRailcarMayne  
 1051 1079SteamMayne  
 8106 8108 8119 8124DepotYeerongpilly14:15 
 8136 8151 8213 8217DepotYeerongpilly  
 1760 1550Up ContsYeerongpilly14:20 
 8181 -ShuntAcacia Ridge14:50 
 8213 8217Light EngineAcacia Ridge15:03From Yeerongpilly
 2450 -DerailedAcacia Ridge15:03 
 8113 --Acacia Ridge15:03 
 DH06 DH08 DH09 DH15WorkshopsRedbank  
 DH24 DH25 DH26 DH29Workshops   
 DH33 DH35 DH36 DH40Workshops   
 DH41 DH44 DH57 DH58Workshops   
 DH59 DH71 1622 1623Workshops   
 1627 1633 1636 1638Workshops   
 1640 1642 1643 1644Workshops   
 1650 1615 1455 1456Workshops  1456 enclosed out back of workshops
 1472 1473 1200 1225Workshops   
 1263 -    
 DH38 1614-Redbank  
 2029 2027 2036 2040RailcarsRedbank  
 2030 - RailcarsRedbank  
 1649 -CoalRedbank Yd16:293 hoppers
 3919 -Up conts/vansPetrie19:13 
     NOTES: Got X with Suburban and Capricornian cars.
     2 hauling suburban set
10-1-953921 -Up L/EMayne08:21Into depot.
 2111 -MT PassBowen Hills08:41 
 1520 -ShuntMayne09:02Carriage shed
 3919 -Up L/EMayne09:07Into depot
 3908 -Light EngineMayne09:13 
 3907 3904 3909Up Conts/VansMayne09:19 
 3907 3904 3909Light EngineNormanby10:49 
 1701 -ShunterNormanby10:52 
 2110 -OilNormanby10:56 
 2193 2499Light EngineNormanby11:35 
 3913 3928 3922 3927ContainersNormanby12:30 
 1769 -ContainersNormanby12:42 
 1509 -Light EngineNormanby12:48 
 1497 -Light EngineNormanby13:03Into Normanby yard
 1514 2505Light Engine?Normanby13:09Depart with 2 or 3 containers
 8120 8121 8141 8157DepotYeerongpilly13:55 
 8116 8143 8219 8234DepotYeerongpilly  
 1550 1760Up Light EngineYeerongpilly15:02 
 2505 1514Up Light EngineYeerongpilly15:14 
 1550 1760Dn Light EngineYeerongpilly15:14 
 Set 62PassengerStrathpine17:11To Petrie
 Set 57PassengerStrathpine17:14 
 Set 23PassengerStrathpine17:14 
 3907 -PassengerStrathpine17:28Set 37: 1650 1651 1652 1649 1653 1654 1655
 2112 -PassengerStrathpine18:03Set 41
 3906 -PassengerStrathpine18:10Set 36: 1648 1647 1646 1642 1645 1644 1643 - Terminates
 3920 -Up FreightStrathpine18:37 
 3921 -Dn FreightStrathpine18:55 
 3913 -Dn SOTOPetrie19:36Spirit Of The Outback
 3903 -Dn FreightPetrie19:23 
 1477 -Dn FreightPetrie20:29 
11-1-19952501 -Dn PassengerNorthgate09:02 
 3924 -Up FreightEagle Junction09:09 
 2112 -Dn L/EMayne Junction09:15 
 3920 3925 3916 3927DepotMayne09:16 
 3922 -DepotMayne09:16 
 2117 -Up L/EEagle Junction12:57 
 1647 -Up L/ENorthgate14:04 
 1754 -ShunterPinkenba17:05

DH33 DH57 DHxx Withdrawn at Redbank Workshops.
Photo: Brad Peadon

Preserved 1620 on a tour to Yeppoon.
Lakes Creek
Photo: Brad Peadon

Preserved 1620 on a tour to Yeppoon.
Photo: Brad Peadon

1640 1635 Withdrawn at Redbank Workshops.
Photo: Brad Peadon

1635 1623 Withdrawn at Redbank Workshops.
Photo: Brad Peadon

Preserved 1620 on a tour to Yepoon.
Photo: Brad Peadon

Preserved 1632 at Gympie.
Photo: Brad Peadon

Preserved 1639 at Gympie.
Photo: Brad Peadon

Daven Walters in 2363 at Redbank Depot.
Photo: Brad Peadon

Millmerran yard in south west Queensland.
Photo: Brad Peadon

1172 back when preserved at Mt Morgan.
Today she is preserved by DownsSteam in Toowoomba.
Photo: Brad Peadon

2115 Withdrawn at Redbank Workshops.
Photo: Brad Peadon

This little whoopsie happened just before departing Brisbane at the end of my honeymoon. As a dedicated fan of the time, I begged permission to swing by there on the way back to Sydney.
None to sure I'd just waltz up onto the bridge like this in 2021.
Photo: Brad Peadon

1768 at Willowburn Depot (Toowoomba).
Photo: Brad Peadon

QLDP-34773 at Warwick.
Photo: Brad Peadon

The lovely Warwick station, with the cab of 2162 out front. The cab was destined for display at the Rockdale signal box in Sydney. However, the loss of the lease saw it later cut up, but numerous parts survive.
Photo: Brad Peadon


DownsSteam Tourist Railway

Wednesday, October 6, 2021


The forthcoming duplication of the remaining single track section of the Botany line has motivated me to go out and photograph as much as still accessibly possible in 2021.

Last week it was the older bridges in Mascot. At this time, the future of two seem bleak, with the others unknown.  


Botany Road, Mascot.

Built for double track, with a deck that appears wide enough for two tracks already. 

The ARTC website lists no alterations to take place. 

O'Riordan Street, Mascot

ARTC mentions new and replacement bridges for this location.

ARTC mentions new and replacement bridges for this location. Though they both sound to me to be the same.
Unsure how you can have a new bridge here without it actually being a replacement.
This span is historically significant, reports saying that is is the first welded steel railway bridge to be built in New South Wales (1965).

Interesting to note the removal of the advertising (see below) from the south side of the bridge, revealing the old DHL advertising underneath. This has been done since this 2020 Google image, in preparation for the bridge replacement.
The phone number for Wiseman's Signs, who still exist, is in the old seven digit format. These changed to the current eight digits during the 90s.

Google image used as per Google terms and conditions.

QANTAS Drive Footbridge.
There has been almost as many reports of this footbridge being removed as there have been Botany line duplication announcements.
It now seems likely that both will finally occur in the near future. 

A wee little bonus look at the entrance to Mascot sidings, at the Port Botany end. This will soon be double track.