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..

Wednesday, November 15, 2017



  As part of SMUT's continuing commitment to furthering the preservation scene and railfan retail industries, we have launched a trial website aimed at promoting such.
  All posts placed on the site are done so free of charge and people are invited to email us with possible contributions of relevance. All contributions should be relevant to the two topics.
  Retailers are invited to show us new products.

  Thank you to all our SMUT supporters for helping us promote and grow this wonderful hobby.
  Thank you to all our haters for showing us how important it is to help promote the hobby for the future.....oh and a pretty good laugh.


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I have lost access to all SMUT groups on Facebook for a week.
Yet another attack from someone wishing to put a stop to what our group does.
While we have a good idea who this person is, we are awaiting a response from Facebook, a response that will hopefully confirm this suspicion.
If that confirmation comes, it will be placed up here.
Until the ban is lifted, I apologise for any lack of group responses during this time.
Sadly, there are many in this hobby who are offended by the work we do.

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DEB Set Fundraising Raffle 2017 No. 3

  How can you help see a 12 inch to the foot scale DEB? By assisting in reintroducing it before its HO scale replica is released!
  As usual I will ask that you can share as many times as you can, this is quite an investment and the more people involved the greater profits go to returning a NSWGR DEB Set back into service - preferably before the HO scale replica is released!
   This is a Special raffle as all 3 prizes are roughly the same, however listed in my preference!
  Now I would sit here and explain the history of the prize train but let’s be fair….. If you don’t know by now maybe this is not the group for you (joking, but best to start reading!)

FIRST PRIZE – HO scale Eureka NSWGR 4 Car DEB Set (Reverse Livery) with Sound.
SECOND PRIZE – HO Scale Eureka NSWGR 4 Car DEB Set (Indian Red Livery) with Sound.
THIRD PRIZE – HO Scale Eureka NSWGR 4 Car DEB Set (Candy Livery) with Sound.

  As you all know the sets have not arrived yet, however they are ordered and paid for. As soon as they land they will be delivered to the winners. I will keep everyone up to date on arrival times for the sets.

Donate HERE and help this important project.

NOTE; This has not been started to begin a flame war with the Candy Community. Maybe.
  To be drawn on April 14th 2018.

Friday, November 10, 2017


  Spring has sprung and Korean Air celebrates by sending their awesome new B748s our way.

Sadly, this is only a temporary thing, with the airline expected to start throwing the far less attractive A380 our way for summer.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Philippine Railway Historical Society   News and History!


The sister group to this one, looking at the railway (and other) hobby in the Philippines.
There are still railways in the Philipines and expansion seems likely.
Railfanning there is not the fun experience it once was, the growing numbers of security guard, and paranoia, has made it a little bit harder to conduct our pastime.
However, at least they are paid minions, unlike the self-appointed railfan nazis we ut up within Australia.
Better still, most seem horrified by the prospect of telling a foreigner what to do.

If bored, come and look at our PRHS blog, you may find yourself enticed enough to go argue with moronic security guard as a change from moronic foamers, and the groups about them. Hiya Greg.

PHRS Blogsite

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


  It is with some sadness that we reach the final instalment of our SMUT "Preservation Volunteers" series, a look at SMUTTERs giving to preservation.
I hope that we have been able to show you the great work our members do, despite the accusations of a couple of self-appointed railway preservation supremos.
  This important work, regardless of the haters, and we encourage everyone to try to donate a little of their time to forwarding the hobby.
 Let's make railfanning great again :-)

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Michael Grantham at Zig Zag.

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A little Grantham being prepared for a railfan future.

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SMUTTERs Michael Grantham and Chris Eagle, with others.


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Some of Roy Howarth's handiwork. 

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Linda at State Mine. 

Thank you for viewing our tribute to SMUTTERs and their great 
work in the area of preservation.

Whether it is rail, bus or water based, there is a good chance you will find a SMUTTER in there and hard at it.

The haters may hate - But they are never going to win.

Sunday, October 22, 2017


Readers, please take the time to fill out the petition at the attached link.
Please also try to get as many as you can to likewise sign and post it 
to the address given.

The government has said that they will only accept signatures done in this way.
We are aiming to get as many as possible as quickly as possible.

Please help to show the NSW government that the loss of these priceless Sydney icons is just intolerable. 

The petition can be printed HERE.

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Photo: Roy Howarth