The landscape of the local railway scene has changed dramatically, and the introduction of the DL class has taken all the fun out of foaming, with their hee-hawing homo horns, borg-like character and reliability typical of cheap imported Chinese junk.
Its hard to photograph something you dont like....
We also still see DXB's on occasion, usually paired with a DL on milk trains, though the jungle drums tell me 5022 has headed south so I guess their days here are numbered too.
To be fair, when you get a DL that is working correctly, on dry rail, the power is outstanding, and man can they pull, BUT, there are so many things with them that could have been done a LOT better, their poor design, ergonomics and quality just turns them into cheap rubbish. They have a long way to go to get them right before I can comfortably call them worth of the title locomotive..
Initial excitement and curiosity about hi-tech new toys has given way to the morbid reality that we are now stuck with these things, probably for the rest of my railway career and that is just sad!
I cant deny that my passion for foaming has diminished considerably, now to the point where I cant even be bothered taking the camera to work....
The cure? Who knows, but I am planning on enjoying the summer months with my family as much as possible, making time to go camping / tramping / fishing and all those other summer things people like to do. I will also be putting more energy into other hobbies, such as BMX racing, and motorsport, with active foaming well down the list.
I have seriously culled the amount of stuff I follow on Facebook, including the foamer groups - its just too hard some days to cut through all the crap and dribble and fighting, and all the nonesense comments when a photo gets posted - sorry - over it!
And, as I have run out of worthy things to talk about, I will leave you with a bunch of recent foamings and a farewell for now. I will leave the blog online to collect dust, but I cant see me updating it for the forseeable future....
I thank everyone for their time and input over the last 3 years..