Where am I Victoria? - Non Cryptic - #3

 
  Djebel Chief Train Controller

Well Faredodger, you should be a little more confident -- the answer is indeed Platina.  I too found the conflicting sources about whether Evans Brothers Siding was a siding at Platina, or slightly further down the line.

Whatever the case with Evans Brothers, Platina was opened as Copper Mine Siding, before being renamed Platina.  It was used by the Gippsland Copper & Platinum Company.

Take it away, Faredodger.

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  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Thank you, Djebel.  If Evans Bros. Siding was further up or down the line, I'm puzzled as to where it could have been, as I've walked the route of the line between O'Shea and Bennett's Siding and Thomson, and I couldn't identify any other place where the topography would have allowed the placement of another siding or given access to it.  Perhaps there was a ramp, and they used parachutes or flying foxes to get to it.

Now, another teaser - hmmm...

An open station on an open line, still with a passenger service.  Haver a couple of goes at this, and I'll provide some more clues.
  Djebel Chief Train Controller

Thank you, Djebel.  If Evans Bros. Siding was further up or down the line, I'm puzzled as to where it could have been, as I've walked the route of the line between O'Shea and Bennett's Siding and Thomson, and I couldn't identify any other place where the topography would have allowed the placement of another siding or given access to it.  Perhaps there was a ramp, and they used parachutes or flying foxes to get to it.
Faredodger
According to Vicsig, Evans Brothers Siding was a whopping 12 metres on the down side of Platina Laughing.  I think  the weird track layout contributes to the ambiguity.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Thank you, Djebel.  If Evans Bros. Siding was further up or down the line, I'm puzzled as to where it could have been, as I've walked the route of the line between O'Shea and Bennett's Siding and Thomson, and I couldn't identify any other place where the topography would have allowed the placement of another siding or given access to it.  Perhaps there was a ramp, and they used parachutes or flying foxes to get to it.

Now, another teaser - hmmm...

An open station on an open line, still with a passenger service.  Haver a couple of goes at this, and I'll provide some more clues.
Faredodger
Bendigo?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
Hm; twirls moustache and thinks, "Moe".
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Did you mean Platina rather than Picola, Djebel?  Yes, I think you may be right about the weird track layout's contributing to the ambiguity (and no doubt to running around then the place was a terminus).  The distance is 60 links, so probably within the Platina yard.  (Ted Downes' description suggested to me that it was on the up side.)

Interestingly, there is another entry in Vicsig that could lead one on a wild goose chase.  If you google "Evans Brothers Siding" the entry is a siding 60 links on down side of Platina; but if you google "Evans Bros Siding" the entry is a siding 200 yards beyond Echuca Wharf!  Apparently there was a sawmill there.  I wonder whether they were the same Evans brothers.  (But they certainly owned a sawmill at Barmah, about 5 miles from Picola, not Platina, and moved to Echuca in 1924, where they owned a paddle-steamer as well as a sawmill.)

On the latest teaser, the answer is neither Bendigo nor Moe (good one, Valvegear, but don't give me any lip!).  And my apologies, "haver" in my earlier post is meant to read, "have".  I'll have to remove that one and store it in my haversack.
  Djebel Chief Train Controller

Did you mean Platina rather than Picola, Djebel?  Yes, I think you may be right about the weird track layout's contributing to the ambiguity (and no doubt to running around then the place was a terminus).  The distance is 60 links, so probably within the Platina yard.  (Ted Downes' description suggested to me that it was on the up side.)

Interestingly, there is another entry in Vicsig that could lead one on a wild goose chase.  If you google "Evans Brothers Siding" the entry is a siding 60 links on down side of Platina; but if you google "Evans Bros Siding" the entry is a siding 200 yards beyond Echuca Wharf!  Apparently there was a sawmill there.  I wonder whether they were the same Evans brothers.  (But they certainly owned a sawmill at Barmah, about 5 miles from Picola, not Platina, and moved to Echuca in 1924, where they owned a paddle-steamer as well as a sawmill.)

On the latest teaser, the answer is neither Bendigo nor Moe (good one, Valvegear, but don't give me any lip!).  And my apologies, "haver" in my earlier post is meant to read, "have".  I'll have to remove that one and store it in my haversack.
Faredodger
You're right, I did mean Platina Embarassed.  Fixededed it now.

I'll guess....Shepparton.
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Not Shepparton
  hbedriver Deputy Commissioner

Maldon
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Horsham?
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Not Maldon or Horsham.

Further clue:  it underwent a change of name early in its life.
  hbedriver Deputy Commissioner

That’s easy then; Yarragon (formerly Waterloo. Keeping the Lord Nelson theme, the next station is Trafalgar, and the brake mark for a down train approaching Yarragon is the 111 km post)
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Clever, but not so easy.  It isn't Yarragon.

If Shep were alive he'd be doing his little hop at that.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Sandhurst/Bendigo?

I haven't had enough coffee to be witty...
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
It wasn't Bendigo yesterday, and it still isn't.

Have another coffee.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Oh, bloody hell...

Riddells Creek/Riddell/Riddells Creek
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Not Riddells Creek/Riddell/Riddells Creek.

Further clue:  Like several of the stations already guessed, it was once a junction, but is one no longer.
  tubbsa Beginner

Lancefield Junction now Clarkefield
  Djebel Chief Train Controller

Warrigal/Warragul.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
Springhurst; formerly Springs and junction of the Wahgunya line.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Platina:
http://www.members.optusnet.com.au/~narrow.gauge/plat.htm

(from Bill Russell’s excellent Victorian Government Narrow Gauge Railways on Optus:
http://www.members.optusnet.com.au/~narrow.gauge/index.htm)
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
A big thank-you to kitchgp for that excellent information on Platina.  Brilliant!

In relation to the current teaser, some excellent answers; but it is not Bendigo, Moe, Shepparton, Maldon, Horsham, Yarragon, Riddells Creek, Clarkefield, Springhurst nor Warragul.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
Heathcote Junction; formerly Kilmore Junction and junction of the line to (drum roll) Heathcote.
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
And a crossing loop called Summit occupied the site before that.  Very good guess, but the answer isn't Heathcote Junction.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
Oh 'ell more to think about. . . . Elmore, formerly Runnymede and junction of the Cohuna line.

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