Now that you mention it, Valvegear, I recall seeing David Watson there, as well as Beechworth. The trip back to Melbourne was towards sunset; that lovely light and trees, any wonder I fell in love with the North East line!
Back to work; to clarify my earlier clue, the railway opened/closed/opened/closed twice, not just the station.
The rails were subsequently removed and used to open another railway. That railway later closed, and the rails were then removed for use on a railway that had closed, and is now re-opened. Hope that's confusing enough! And I wish those rails could talk!