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, lunatics, mental defectives and self-appointed experts lead to an even greater decrease in my hobby participation.
However things have changed thanks to our small group of trusted mate, interest has returned, and now I have become a bit more involved yet again. Having learned to laugh, with others, at all the more 'Moronic Foamers'.
.Oh the irony that lays behind that group name and the person who set it up..
We occasionally publish information on the locomotives, and rollingstock, from railways in Australia and the Philippines.
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Monday, April 23, 2018

Canberra Model Railway Exhibition
Kaleen 2018

Semi Retired Foamer Video.

Part 1

Part 2

Sunday, April 15, 2018


A fundraising BBQ at the Rockdale signalbox way back in the 90s.
This is what we did back in the days before the advent of the railfan Nazi.

The legend that is Roy Howarth.

David Xuereb and James '42101' Gray

Paul Vonweiller and David Kirkland

Daven Walters, David Xuereb and Keiren Ryan

Danny Webb and Keiran Ryan

Stuart Ellis, Daven Walters and David Xuereb

And to finish off.
A friend visiting from New York. Monty timed his visit right when the World Trade Centre was hit by the planes. :-(

Monday, April 9, 2018


A must watch for any fan of Australian railways.
Marking the closure of Australia's last commercial steam operated railway in 1987.
A look at the line today, and a moment in time when a group of employees took off with locomotive 25 for an extended protest. Legends, the lives of whom were based more on principle than money.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

  If you support historic railway preservation anywhere, please take a few seconds to sign our petition to save this historic sugar railway one across the Maroochy River (Queensland).
  We have fast growing support, but need to show that people wish to see such things reserved for the future. Please sign and show them that such things matter.


More details can be found at:

Maroochy River Lift Bridge (Facebook)
or via the email address above.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


I was very lucky to have been invited by the 'Philippine National Railways' to attend the unloading of the, then new, ROTEM railcars at Manila Port.
The following shots show DMR-03 coming off the ship, prior to another torrential downpour.
Thanks to everyone at PNR for making this possible.

Philippine Railway Historical Society
Formed in 1999.
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