Where am I Victoria? - Non Cryptic - #3

 
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Newmerella

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  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Not Newmerella, kitchgp, but geographically (and probably historically) the closest guess yet.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
I tell 'ee it's Partelli.
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
And you tell me correctly, Valvegear.  Partelli is the right answer, and it's your turn for the next teaser.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Faredodger, do you have any more info on Partelli? I can honestly say I've never heard of it.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Partelli appears in the 1930 VR Map (from http://www.vrhistory.com/VRMaps/index.htm ) - it was just on the down side of Tostaree, on the Orbost line. RMSP 16 appears to be a similar distance in the up direction from Tostaree. Neither appear on the 1940 map.  Partelli does not appear in the 1918 WTT, but does in the 1928 public timetable. (Timetables from https://www.victorianrailways.net/timetables/tthome.html )
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Not a lot - it seems to be rather obscure.  

It was on the Bairnsdale-Orbost line between Tostaree and Waygara, and only a very short distance from Tostaree.  If you go into Victorian Railway Maps 1860 - 2000 on the http://www.vrhistory.com website, you will find it shown on the 1930 map.

According to the http://www.trainsandtrams.com,  it opened on the 4th September 1926 (the same day as Newmerella), became R.M.S.P. No. 22 on the 22nd October 1928 and closed on the 23rd November 1931 (the same day that Claybank opened).  The Orbost passenger service ceased on the 29th April 1935.  (A word of warning here - the aforementioned website gives dates of commencement and cessation of passenger services rather than opening and closure of the stations outright, so I'm making an assumption that the station actually opened and closed in 1926 and 1931.)

The V.R. Annual Report for the year ended 30th June 1927 recorded 20 passenger journeys and no goods, so I'm assuming passenger congestion would not have been an issue.
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Oh, and thanks to duttonbay for contributing more succinctly a the very time I was trying to cobble my essay together.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

There doesn't appear to have been a village, hamlet or whatever of Partelli. The East Gippsland Rail Trail map shows a Partelli's Crossing Road (the apostrophe seems to have been dropped) just east of Tostaree:
https://www.eastgippslandrailtrail.com.au/images/east-gippsland-rail-trail-map.pdf

Although it's not clear on the map, Partelli's Crossing Road extends to Tostaree and the western section may have been part of the original Prince's Highway.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Thanks for filling in the gaps there, duttonbay, kitchgp and of course Faredodger.

It's quite amazing some of the places seemingly in the middle of nowhere that someone somewhere deemed worthy of a station.
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
It's quite likely.  The alignment of the road in Whereis is consistent with that theory.  I have a copy of the 1951 Herald Road Guide that suggested the highway crossed the line at the down end of Tostaree station (probably at what is now Johnsons Road) at that time and again about two miles to the east, which is probably now Partelli's Crossing Road.  I have not visited the site, but I suspect that the area now graced by picnic tables and a public lavatory may be the site of the long-vanished Partelli station.  (It may well be that the present facilities are better than the ones that graced the station when trains stopped there.)
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
(As an aside, there was some interesting info posted about Partelli; thank you all. It closed on a day/month combination which would become famous in the VR only six years later, and I'll bet a lot of our readers will pick it in one.)

Now for the next quiz: This disused station on an active line once had a different name.
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Hmmm... It wouldn't have anything to do with the inauguration of a main line express, would it?  One with a spirited performance?

In relation to the teaser, I'll start the ball rolling with Moriac.  I know it lost its Mount at one stage in its history.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Locksley, opened as Burnt Creek?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Not:
Moriac,
Locksley.

This disused station on an active line once had a different name.

I deliberately used the term "disused station", as distinct from "location".
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Dysart?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Not:

Moriac,
Locksley,
Dysart.

This disused station on an active line once had a different name.

I deliberately used the term "disused station", as distinct from "location".

None of these three answers is on the correct line.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Moorabool?
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
I'll opt for Carlsruhe.  The fine old building still stands; and I believe it was once known as Carlsruhe and Tylden, which is an apt compromise, as its proximity to either village is approximate at best.
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Or was it Tylden and Carlsruhe?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Not:

Moriac,
Locksley,
Dysart,
Moorabool,
Carlsruhe.

This disused station on an active line once had a different name.

I deliberately used the term "disused station", as distinct from "location".

One of these stations is on the correct line.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

I'll move along the line a bit from my previous guess. Bannockburn, opened as Leigh Road?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Not:
Moriac,
Locksley,
Dysart,
Moorabool,
Carlsruhe,
Bannockburn.

This disused station on an active line once had a different name.

I deliberately used the term "disused station", as distinct from "location".

Only one of these stations is on the correct line.
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
I'm running out of options.  (Now that restrictions are relaxed, I really have to get out and about and have a look at some of these sites.)  It's a bit of a wild stab, but I'll go for Boorcan.  There's enough infrastructure still there, possibly, to class it as a disused station.  (This Valvegear's a devious fellow.)
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Golden Square?

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