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, May 21, 2018

Semi Retired Foamer 

A selection of videos taken in 1989, showcasing the situation at Yass Town, Yass Junction, Bowning, Galong and Boorowa.

Yass Town
Join us as we follow the line from the town, to the junction.
A look at the stations, sidings and other infrastructure, not long after the line saw it's final train.
The video finishes with a selection of current-day photos of the line.

Bowning To Boorowa via Galong
A look at these three locations back in 1989.
Signaling and services that will never be seen again.
Boorowa yard is seen back when the yard was still intact

Stay tuned for more riveting 1989 railway footage.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018


With some massive changes planned for the railways of the Philippines, I set about covering a lot of the current scene around Manila.
 Thank you to the 'Philippine National Railways' for their help in granting permission to get a historical record for the future.
  A lot more to come as we visit more yards and depots, long closed historic stations and a few old signalboxes.

Stay tuned

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Another riveting selection of slides from back in the days before hatred and ego controlled the railfan hobby. They were great days, no internet, just lineside mateship.
You can excuse anyone for being bitter. Years of trying to make a better hobby, trying to further railway preservation in NSW, just to be attacked endlessly from people professing to run the railway heritage industry, or who run mediocre Facebook groups while carrying a huge chip of HAYte on their shoulders.
  At least I have close friends, and a massive pile of memories left to enjoy. All of which I am happy to share with like-minded people who still care about the railfan hobby.

Beautiful Exeter station remains very much the same in 2018.

East Greta Junction on the South Maitland Railway.

Eugowra (terminus of line from Cowra)

Goulburn before the museum moved in.

Galong before a container train went through is.
Stay tuned for video footage from this station.

More old 80s/90s images (and videos) shortly.

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. :-(