The Semi-Retired Foamer has been a railfan since he was around 5 years old, a very young 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, loonatics, mental defectives and self appointed experts lead to an even greater decrease in my hobby participation.
However things have changed thanks our small group of trusted mate, interest has returned, and now I have become a bit more involved yet again. Having learnt to laugh, with others, at all the more 'Moronic Foamers'.
.Oh the irony that lays behind that term.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lue on the Mudgee line, back when it was still available for use.

Track vehicle in the dock platform at Young station.
This station is located on the, currently closed, line from Demondrille to Cowra. It is believed that part of this line, which will include Young, will be reopened for wheat traffic.

Having just run around, 3001 returns to Picton platform with a train bound for Thirlmere.

Back before her much drooled over restoration into the Indian Red livery, 42101 sat at Goulburn station for some time. She is seen here in the stunning candy livery.

The Semi-Retired Foamer during a familiy outing to the RTM back in the 1970s. 

Blayney station on the Main West line.

Bus for construction workers on the Mt Piper Power Station.

Anyone know the location?
Would love to hear from you.

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Monday, September 18, 2017


4203 when outside the Cowra Caravan Park.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

After more than a decade, it has been decided that it was time to renew the logo.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


The following rant, from a 'professional' in the railway heritage field, was recently received.

After I left in late 2014, I heard all the SMUT team were so "keen" to get involved and help GHR.....but intriguingly I never saw that happen. So there is an example of pro rail heritage people not carrying through their promises of their love of the Gundagai station. So I guess it is hard when people promise the world and don't do anything. Everyone knows why I gave up volunteering there at the project because of seeing sloppy woeful caretaking...net result was my time being wasted. We had a great opportunity with John King as caretaker but due to bad handling of issues by specific GHR people, he left and now we have rail trail winning over GHR. Sad to see GHR being the first pro rail heritage project in NSW taken over by rail trailers.

  I do not normally get involved in the stupidity that goes on in the Australian railfan hobby anymore. However, when one is confronted with a barrage of ill-informed, and significantly ignorant, lies, well you do need to make comment.

  To my knowledge, as the person who started the regularly attacked SMUT Fundraising group, the only thing offered to the 'Gundagai Heritage Railway' was a Refreshment Room sign. This being offered by a FORMER SMUT member.
  SMUT is aligned with other, far more deserved, railway heritage groups. Their work continues to help these museums whenever possible.

  Thusly, the comments above are little more than an offensive lie.
  They are also a good example why I have spent more time devoting myself to railway preservation projects outside NSW and Australia.
  There is no point having your life destroyed simply because you choose to help NSW railway preservation. It is not a competition, we are all in it for the same goal.

  The NSW preservation scene WILL be destroyed by the actions of very few.
  After all these decades of trying to contribute to the hobby here, it is a painful realization.

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Narcissistic personality disorder

Friday, July 14, 2017


From the Strange Modelers website.

  Status of all locomotives to have been owned by both operators and listing of all known surviving rollingstock.
  Compiled through the worldwide resources of the S*M*U*T research team.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017


S*M*U*T and 'The Semi-Retired Foamer'' run a number of specialist Facebook research groups based on Australian (and overseas) railway topics.

  All contain a wealth of information about their respective topics.

  Come join us and join in.


Saturday, June 17, 2017


Old, and a little pathetic, but historical none the less.

Corner of Spring an Bourke Streets in Melbourne.
Z1-57 has since been scrapped.

W2 607 was one of the art trams.

Following withdrawal, it was sold to a private buyer in Brooklyn (Victoria). The electric were later sent to the USA, with the body going later.
It's current situation is unconfirmed.

Thanks to Gareth Lumsden