Where am I Victoria? - Non Cryptic - #3

 
  Faredodger Deputy Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Thanks, Valvegear.  That interesting teaser has shaken us out of our complacency.

All right, here's a quick and easy one.

I would have been found between one of the longest staff sections in the state and one of the shortest.

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  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Barnes?
  Faredodger Deputy Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Not Barnes.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

The station in the town of Red Cliffs, known by the VR as Redcliffs?
  Faredodger Deputy Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Good guess, but neither Redcliffs nor Red Cliffs.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

What about Meringur then? 50+ miles from Redcliffs and 9 and a bit miles to Morkalla

Edit: Got tricked by the use of a less than character.
  Faredodger Deputy Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Interesting!  I would have thought Werrimull might have been a staff station; but you're right, I checked and found it was disestablished as a staff station when the line was extended to Meringur.  Good reasoning, duttonbay - but wrong.

Further clue: I was on a line that is still open.  The gauge has changed since that time.
  Hansie13 Locomotive Fireman

Coleraine Junction?
  Faredodger Deputy Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
I have an apology to offer.

In my last teaser, I stated that the location of Leeor had moved 27 miles during its existence.  This is not so, it hadn't moved at all; but the problem was in the wording of the clue.  It would have been more appropriate to state that the measured distance was 27 miles less, or that the rail mileage was 27 miles less.  Or even that that it was 27 rail miles closer, although that could be construed as misleading.  I regret the ham-fisted wording, but it was too enticing a piece of information not to use.  I should have used it better.  Time to get out the hairshirt.  Or for a real penance, start up the turntable and play The Very Best of Mantovani.

With regard to the to the current teaser, we have a winner.  The answer is Coleraine Junction.  In the up direction, the Hamilton-Coleraine Junction section was barely a mile; in the down, the Coleraine Junction-Branxholme section was in the vicinity of 15 miles.  I believe that, before the V.R. started culling stations, the distance between Hamilton and Branxholme was the longest in the state between two stations.

Your prize, Hansie13, is that you get to provide us with the next teaser.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Or for a real penance, start up the turntable and play The Very Best of Mantovani.
"Faredodger"
Oh come on; there's no need to go to absurd lengths!
  Faredodger Deputy Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
O.K.  Achy Breaky Heart is shorter.
  Hansie13 Locomotive Fireman

Thank you Faredodger. Fortunately, the most recent edition of Australian Railway History included an informative article on Hamilton, otherwise I would have been no chance.

I was the terminus station of a relatively short-lived branch line.
  Faredodger Deputy Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Stony Crossing?
  Hansie13 Locomotive Fireman

Not Stony Crossing.

My main source of traffic was the transport of firewood.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Noojee Extension ?
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Navarre?

Rick
  Hansie13 Locomotive Fireman

Rusty Rick has it with Navarre.

Navarre opened in 1914 and closed in 1954, its demise hastened by a move away from firewood to coal.

Over to you Rusty Rick.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Thanks Hansie

I was the terminus for a line that wasn’t officially open for traffic.
  Faredodger Deputy Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Koorakee?
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Well, that didn’t last long. Koorakee it is.

I really should write up my drive along the line to Lette. It’s only been 7 years…

Rick
  Faredodger Deputy Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Thanks, Rick.  The write-up sounds interesting.  I look forward to reading it eventually.

I am the terminus of a closed line.

My site is now part of a privately-owned property, but the name of the property reflects its railway provenance.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Something nags at my memory - could it be Nayook?
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

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

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

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Good guesses, but I'll say "nay" to Nayook; nor is it Lancefield.  Nor is it Lancefield again.

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