Where am I Victoria? - Non Cryptic - #3

 
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Some people might kill to get the right answer. Kilcunda?

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  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
I'll make a sheepish attempt at Merino.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Yackandandah
  evtastic123 Station Master

Edging closer to the right answer but still wrong.

It took three trains to get you to this station from Flinders Street at the time of closure to passengers.
The line this line branched off is also closed.One of the significant industries through this station was logging related.
This line did not last long enough to see the diesel age.
A Closed station on a closed line.

Not Wedderburn, Beechworth, Topiram, Cathkin, Won Wron, Dartmoor, Bowman, Casterton, Netherby, Lal Lal Racecourse, Mitre, Linga, Karween, Wensleydale, Landsborough, Beeac, Penshurst, Joel, Fyan's Creek, Boisdale, Kilcunda, Merino, or Yackandandah.
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Bushy Park?
  evtastic123 Station Master

Congratulations to Faredodger, the correct answer is Bushy Park!

The line to Briagolong was built as a branch off of the Maffra line in 1889. It would require three trains to get you there from Flinders Street, one to Traralgon, one to Maffra and one to Bushy Park. A significant industry through the station (according to Wikipedia) was Wattle Bark. The line closed in 1952, with the station closing along with it, just two days after the delivery of the first B class locomotive. The line to Maffra closed in 1994, well and truly ending the Briagolong railway line.

Over to Faredodger!
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Thanks, evtastic123.  Just when I was feeling completely bushed.

Let me see, um, ah...

Right, an open station.  It is more or less on the site of a former R.M.S.P.
  hbedriver Deputy Commissioner

Well done, Evstatic, 24 guesses. Good poser there, and some good puns/word plays as well.

As to Faredodger, surely Morradoo won’t do?
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
You're quite right, hbedriver, Morradoo certainly won’t do.

Keep trying.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
If we're including stations that are now part of the Metro network, I'm going for South Morang.
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Not South Morang (I know the present South Morang is on the site of a former R.M.S.P.)
  hbedriver Deputy Commissioner

I looked at the reply to my previous post and thought “Ahh Dear”. Thus inspired I thought Ardeer?
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Inspired, but not correct.  You're essentially in the right part of the state, however.

To keep this one moving, especially after the last teaser (I don't want to make things too 'ard 'ere), I'll add another clue: the present station code is dissimilar to the station name.
  evtastic123 Station Master

Lets have a guess at Cobblebank.
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Cobblebank is a correct guess.

It was opened in December 2019 approximately on the site of R.M.S.P. no. 34, which was opened in 1934 and closed in 1968/69 (although I can't help thinking that it's over-elaborate for the location, ant that even today one could hardly justify anything more than an R.M.S.P. - forgive my cynicism).  In the planning stage it was listed as Toolern, and the station code is still TLN.

The road is now clear for evtastic123.
  evtastic123 Station Master

Thank you Faredodger, although I believe Cobblebank was located on the site of the former R.M.S.P. no. 65, rather than 34, which was located between Epping and South Morang.

This is another Open station on an open line.

Away you go.
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Sorry, it was indeed R.M.S.P. 65; I misread my own source.  It was too early in the morning.

Another dart at a map: Kerang
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Stawell - seeming I stalled on the others...
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Random stab at Bendigo.
  evtastic123 Station Master

Not Kerang, Stawell or Bendigo.

At one point in time, you could get from this station to Ballarat with just one connection, without going through what is currently Metropolitan Melbourne.
Open station on an open line.

Now please continue on.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Geelong?
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Little River?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
Castlemaine?
  evtastic123 Station Master

Yes, the answer is Castlemaine, thought I'd keep it simpler than last time.

Of course, Castlemaine remains open, and up until 1977, you could connect through Maryborough to get to Ballarat without going through Melbourne.

Onto Valvegear.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
OK, here we go.

This location is open but with no regular passenger service.

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