Where am I Victoria? - Non Cryptic - #3

 
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Lachlan's Train Channel has it, and a golden duck for me!

Napier is the right answer.  (Sorry, Valvegear, it isn't Pirlta - there are, or were, a few too many B.G. stations with low platforms up that way for Pirlta to fit the clue.)

So Lachlan's Train Channel has right of way (under train orders) for the next teaser.

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  Lachlan's Train Channel Locomotive Fireman

Location: probably taking a photo of 7901V
Lachlan's Train Channel has it, and a golden duck for me!

Napier is the right answer.  (Sorry, Valvegear, it isn't Pirlta - there are, or were, a few too many B.G. stations with low platforms up that way for Pirlta to fit the clue.)

So Lachlan's Train Channel has right of way (under train orders) for the next teaser.
Faredodger
Cheers Faredodger. My first time actually guessing a location correctly!

We'll start this one with this:

This location was only open for 8 years.
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
I'll start with the obvious one and say Strzelecki.
  Lachlan's Train Channel Locomotive Fireman

Location: probably taking a photo of 7901V
I'll start with the obvious one and say Strzelecki.
Faredodger
Aaaaand another golden duck. Strzelecki it is. Silly me should've picked something harder. Well played.

Over to you, Faredodger.
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Thanks, Lachlan's Train Channel.

New teaser:

I am a station on a closed line.

My name was changed very early on.

I was at the top of a long 1 in 30 grade.

The last passengers boarded train here 21 years after my official closure.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

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

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Not Leongatha.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Ebden?
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Not Ebden.  Good guess though.

I am aware that the earlier Ebden station, originally called Bethanga Road, then Bethanga, was closed in 1932 when the site was inundated by the water of the expended Lake Hume (you could say the waters Ebden flowed).  But I believe, the new Ebden station, somewhat to the south, remained open, more or less, until the line closed.

Further clues:

I was never a terminus.

I was the last of three stations of a line that only had four originally to close before the final closure of the line itself.
  hbedriver Assistant Commissioner

Baarmutha?

And whether right or wrong, I trust you will explain the riddle about passengers
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Baarmutha is absolutely right.

I'm a bit disappointed I didn't get to post the next clue, which was that the day on which this teaser was posted was relevant to the area.  The relevance was that the Beechworth area was once known as Mayday Hills.

Baarmutha closed in mid-1955.  The final train to Beechworth was run on the 3rd January 1977 as a passenger special, by the A.R.E., I believe.   A consist of five carriages was hauled by T413 of Cudgewa line fame.   Apparently the train picked up quit a few locals from Wangaratta onwards.  According to The Ovens Valley Railway, by Wal Larsen, a Mrs. Brockfield and her son and daughter flagged the train down at the site of Baarmutha station and boarded the train for one last nostalgic ride.

The road is yours, hbedriver.
  hbedriver Assistant Commissioner

And I was on that train! Have ridden the line on a push bike, going in the up direction is faster, but both ways are very scenic.

This station opened, then closed, then opened again, then closed again.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Apparently the train picked up quit a few locals from Wangaratta onwards.  According to The Ovens Valley Railway, by Wal Larsen, a Mrs. Brockfield and her son and daughter flagged the train down at the site of Baarmutha station and boarded the train for one last nostalgic ride.
"Faredodger"
Quite correct. The story is told by David Watson, who was District Superintendent at the time. He had a guard's kit in his car and flagged the train down. He was using the car rather than the train because it was a little easier to "superintend" ahead of the train if necessary.
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
I envy you, hbedriver, for being on that train.  I was a student at that time, having just got my driver's licence, and not a member of any railway enthusiasts' group.  So information about events like that tended to pass me by.

For the latest teaser, my guess is Elmhurst.
  hbedriver Assistant Commissioner

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!
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
If those rails could talk, they'd probably say, "Where am I Victoria?"

I don't really know where to begin, but as a guess I'll say Mount William.
  hbedriver Assistant Commissioner

Gosh, Faredodger, you’re good. Wrong, mind you, but so close, you would deserve the consolation prize if someone gets it before you.
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
I'll try Goldie then.
  hbedriver Assistant Commissioner

That’s it, an oldie but a Goldie!

Goodness knows why the line was ever built, then they re-opened it. That didn’t last long either. The rails were removed during World War 1 to construct the Fyansford line, subsequently removed since that line closed for the Queenscliff tourist railway, which gives us all a chance to ride those rails!

Over to Faredodger
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Thanks, hbedriver.

I didn't know the history of the peripatetic rails, but I reasoned that it had to be a line that closed early (making the Kilmore-Lancefield line a prime suspect), allowing time for a new line to open, run its course and close.  I suspected the last line was a tourist line, but I didn't know which one.  When I first learned about that line in my early teens, little did I imagine I'd get to ride the very rails.  I imagine they carry many more passengers than they did in the 1890s.

I recall reading that the Kilmore-Lancefield line was built partly for the benefit of local farmers and partly to provide a link between the north-eastern and Bendigo lines.  Unfortunately, it proved the snowiest and most elephantine of white elephants.  Incidentally, there is a very interesting article in the June 1969 (from memory) edition of Australian Railway Enthusiast about a walk along the whole line - or most of it.

Here's an easy one:

I am a closed station on an open line.  I still have a station office, but I'll wager no ticket was ever bought from it.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

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

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Not Serviceton.  There was a possibly under-patronized Walker railcar service to Dimboola, and the Overland once stopped there, more, I think, to change engines and crews; but to say no ticket was ever bought at Servy is perhaps a teeny bit cynical.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Geelong Racecourse
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
North Bendigo Junction?
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Not Geelong Racecourse nor North Bendigo Junction.

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