Where am I Victoria? - Non Cryptic - #3

 
  Lachlan's Train Channel Locomotive Fireman

Location: probably taking a photo of 7901V
Not Port Fairy, Kulwin, Orbost or Yungera, although they all fit the criteria. Kulwin was booked out in 2004 IIRC.

The line of which this station was the terminus of is currently an open, grain line.

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  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Robinvale? Not certain of its status as rails seem to exist all the way from Manangatang, but it gives every appearance of being booked out as a minimum.
  Lachlan's Train Channel Locomotive Fireman

Location: probably taking a photo of 7901V
Not Robinvale. And yes, it's been booked out since 2008. For reference, I'm counting 'truncated' as being either track ripped up or booked out (decommissioned) from where the line originally terminated.
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Patchewollock?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Yaapeet?
  Lachlan's Train Channel Locomotive Fireman

Location: probably taking a photo of 7901V
Not Yaapeet, but it is Patchewollock. Great guess.
Over to Faredodger.
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Thanks, Lachlan's Train Channel.  It was a guess, albeit an educated one; I was deciding between Patchewollock and Yaapeet - either seemed to qualify - and the coin came up right.

Here's one for you:

I am a closed station on an open line.

I lasted less than 20 years as a station; but in that time, I went from staff and ticket to fully interlocking, back to staff and ticket to no signals to finally nothing.  And in that time, I moved 27-odd miles closer to Melbourne.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Ballarat North?
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
A good guess, duttonbay, but it isn't Ballarat North.
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Things are a bit quiet.  Let's see if we can attract a couple more guesses.  Here are a couple more clues:

I was opened largely to obviate potential legal difficulties.  When the legal situation behind my opening did not eventuate, I diminished and finally disappeared.

Many decades later, a loop bearing my name was built very close to my site and remains to this day.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

A very definite wild stab.  Jackson? (No idea if a station of that name ever existed, but there is a loop)
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
I'll join duttonbay in a wild stab and say Leeor.
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Not Jackson.  (I thought there was a station there, but I could be wrong.)

Good stab, Valvegear!  Leeor is the right answer.

Leeor, between Lillimur and Serviceton, apparently opened with the line in 1887 as a staff-and-ticket station.  It probably had a common or garden veriety three-road layout.  A 14-lever interlocking frame was installed in 1889.  By 1891 it was closed as a staff-and-ticket station, and by the early years of the 20th century it appeared to have lost its interlocking frame, signals, points, sidings, pretty much everything apart from the platform.  It closed altogether in 1909.

So what was the point of opening it at all, so close to both Lillimur and Servie?  Legal reasons, apparently.  There was a border dispute between Victoria and South Australia, and the latter colony (as it was then) took legal action.  Had the verdict been in S.A.'s favour, the border would have been east, not west, of Serviceton; and as this was before Federation, farmers railing produce from Serviceton to Melbourne would have had it subject to Customs examination.  So Leeor was seemingly built to solve a problem which, as the litigation was decided in Victoria's favour, ultimately never arose.  Hence the removal of facilities as quickly as they were installed.

As for the cryptic comment that the station moved 27-odd miles closer to Melbourne, this is no doubt explained by the opening of the line between Bacchus Marsh and Ballan on the 4th December 1889.  So grade books prior to that date showed Leeor at 310 rail miles from Melbourne (doubtless via Geelong), and grade books after that date 283 1/2 miles doubtless via the more direct route.

The present day Leeor Loop is in approximately the same area, but I'm not sure it's in exactly the same area - I think it could be half a mile or so on the down side.

Over to you, Valvegear.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

I looked at Leeor Loop, and thought there was a station of that name in my era (say, the 60s). I was confusing it with Lillimur.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
OK, next.

This location was at a junction. Both lines are now closed.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Rushworth?
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Everton?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
This location was at a junction. Both lines are now closed.

Not:
Everton,
Rushworth.

The station building still stands.
  Hansie13 Locomotive Fireman

Koroit?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
This location was at a junction. Both lines are now closed.
The station building still stands.

Not:
Everton,
Rushworth,
Koroit.
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Maffra?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
This location was at a junction. Both lines are now closed.

The station building still stands.

Not:
Everton,
Rushworth,
Koroit,
Maffra.

The area has been subjected to many minor earthquakes over the years.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Koo Wee Rup?
  Faredodger Assistant Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
That would be a Koo Wee Rupture, duttonbay.

Interesting clue, Valvegear.

I'll plump for Korrumburra.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Plumpness suits you,Faredodger - it is Korrumburra.  

For that clue, I tossed up between the earthquake area and the station being heritage listed and, being a devious old coot, I went for the more obscure one.

(duttonbay had the koo wee rupture and I truss he has recovered.)

Meanwhile, Faredodger saddles up again.

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