I travelled on the goods back in 1977, but only from Leiitchville back to Bendigo. I had planned to travel on the railcar to Cohuna, but that was AMEX, so per bus against the train (the guard was travelling to relieve that train, so I knew I was going to make it). A slow rough journey across flat country, on a hot summers day. We shunted pretty much all the stations still open then, except oddly the silo sidings at Diggora West.
I drove beside the line in August last year, when travelling from Kerang to Echuca. Much of the formation and some bridges/culverts remain, at least as far as where the line leaves the highway near Torumbarry.
Hope that helps