Where am I Victoria? - Non Cryptic - #3

 
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Strathmerton?

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  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Not Dookie, Sea Lake, Sea Lake or Piangil

In order to reach this location passengers from Melbourne had to change trains at least once, possibly twice.
Although all scheduled passenger services terminated here, the location in question was not the end of the line.

The line closed before the diesel era in Victoria
  Faredodger Chief Train Controller

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
I'm going to suggest Murrabit.

I have an idea that the the mixed train only went as far as Murrabit for a few years - and then all services between Murrabit and Stony Crossing were suspended altogether.
  david harvey Chief Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale Wharf Line
Is it Robinvale.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Neither Murrabit nor Robinvale

In order to reach this location passengers from Melbourne had to change trains at least once, possibly twice.
Although all scheduled passenger services terminated here, the location in question was not the end of the line.
The line closed before the diesel era in Victoria
The line, indeed the location itself, was basically serving a single industry

Edit: I have transgressed!  This question does not obey the rules promulgated on page 1.  What shall I do? Declare open floor?
  Faredodger Chief Train Controller

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
A tricky clue.

I'm running out of ideas, and I'm finding myself having to venture into the realms of guesswork.  I'm going to say Jumbunna.  I know the line line opened in two stages, and the Jumbunna-Outtrim section closed in 1951, and Korrumburra-Jumbunna in 1953.  I recall reading that (1) the last train to Outtrim ran in 1940, and (2) the line was one of the last to have a mixed train.  I'm wondering, then, whether Jumbunna had a mixed train or a car goods after trains stopped running to Outtrim.  The line was predominantly involved with coal.  But I can't find much information about it.
  david harvey Chief Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale Wharf Line
Neither Murrabit nor Robinvale

In order to reach this location passengers from Melbourne had to change trains at least once, possibly twice.
Although all scheduled passenger services terminated here, the location in question was not the end of the line.
The line closed before the diesel era in Victoria
The line, indeed the location itself, was basically serving a single industry

Edit: I have transgressed!  This question does not obey the rules promulgated on page 1.  What shall I do? Declare open floor?
duttonbay
Edit: I have transgressed!    What shall I do? Declare open floor?
Dont be to hard on yourself DB. We are not playing for sheep stations ,its all a bit of fun. In my last post I should of said that at Port Welshpool it had a goods platform ,it wasnt a passenger platform ,it was a loading platform at one of the sheds.

Railfans can be a fickled and picky lot  so I would say put it to one side and HAVE ANOTHER GO. What does the rest of the mob say ?????Have another go OR Declare open floor?
  raudteejaam Train Controller

I think let us know which rule/s you transgressed (which will be a clue in itself) and keep playing.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

OK I shall press on.

Firstly, it is not Jumbunna.

In order to reach this location passengers from Melbourne had to change trains at least once, possibly twice.
Although all scheduled passenger services terminated here, the location in question was not the end of the line.
The line closed before the diesel era in Victoria
The line, indeed the location itself, was basically serving a single industry

Although the schedules appeared in the VR public timetable, this line was not built by, or operated by the VR.
  Faredodger Chief Train Controller

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
I think it's Powelltown.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

I think it's Powelltown.
Faredodger
You think correctly. Powelltown is the answer I was seeking. I shall try and do better next time.

Over to Faredodger.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Well played duttonbay; don't worry about any alleged mistake, we've all made them!
  Faredodger Chief Train Controller

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
As soon as I saw the last clue, I knew what the transgression was.  But I thought, never mind, we'll cross those Three Bridges when we come to them.

Anyway, speaking of bridges, let's have a bridge as the next teaser.  It may be a quickie:

I am a bridge on a closed line.

It was my condition that led to the cessation of services on the line, and ultimately to the closure of the line.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Let's start off with a guess of Curdies River, on the Timboon line.
  david harvey Chief Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale Wharf Line
The bridge over the Latrobe River at Cowwarr on the Maffra Line.
  Faredodger Chief Train Controller

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
It is neither the Curdies River nor the Latrobe River bridge.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Noojee Trestle Bridge?
  Faredodger Chief Train Controller

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Good guess, but not Noojee trestle bridge.  In fact, none of the trestle bridges between Nayook and Noojee.
  david harvey Chief Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale Wharf Line
Walhalla Line. Stringers Creek Trestles .
  Faredodger Chief Train Controller

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Not Stringers Creek trestles.  (Was there ever an issue with the condition of the Stringers Creek bridges when the line was in operation?  I don't recall reading about it.  There certainly was when I traversed some of them in the 70s - it was very precarious!)
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

What about the Glenelg River bridge at Dartmoor?
  Faredodger Chief Train Controller

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
I thought they replaced the trestle bridge at Dartmoor with a new one in the '80s.  It saw relatively little use.

No, duttonbay, it isn't that one; but you're in the right half of the state, longitudinally speaking.
  david harvey Chief Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale Wharf Line
Not Stringers Creek trestles.  (Was there ever an issue with the condition of the Stringers Creek bridges when the line was in operation?  I don't recall reading about it.  There certainly was when I traversed some of them in the 70s - it was very precarious!)
Faredodger
"Captain Confusion here " because the line was cut back to Platina in 1944 ,I just put 2 and 3 together and came up with 23 and thought the the line was effected by fire damage.

Now I shall suggest the bridge over the Wannon River at Casteron.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Not Stringers Creek trestles.  (Was there ever an issue with the condition of the Stringers Creek bridges when the line was in operation?  I don't recall reading about it.  There certainly was when I traversed some of them in the 70s - it was very precarious!)
"Captain Confusion here " because the line was cut back to Platina in 1944 ,I just put 2 and 3 together and came up with 23 and thought the the line was effected by fire damage.
david harvey

The Walhalla line's main traffic from the terminus was moving the town away, as mining has essentially finished by the time the line opened. There was little traffic, but Platina loaded a few wagons a week, hence the closure to there.

What about the Wimmera River bridge on the Yanac line?
  Faredodger Chief Train Controller

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
There was, I seem to recall reading, some damage to the Walhalla line by the 1939 bushfires, but it did not result in closure at that time.

I'm not sure that the condition of the Wannon River bridge caused or contributed to the closure of the Casterton line, but I can't rule it out; I just don't know.  But it was certainly one of a number of lines in the area closed on the same day.

Again, I don't know that the condition of the Wimmera River bridge (as distinct from the cost of maintaining such bridges) contributed directly to the closure of the Carpolac line - I think it was just a case of unfair competition from road transport and that governments of either colour didn't like rural branch lines.

So the answer isn't either the Wannon River of Wimmera River bridge.

No, the bridge of which I am thinking contributed directly to the cessation of services - and in rather a dramatic fashion.

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