Sorry for the Delay. There has been an internet outage . I did reply to Faredodger at 1013am on the 25th and advised the North Ballarat was not the correct location .Also Ballarat C Box is not the correct location .Neither is MacArthur Street Box.North Ballarat? The signal box was Ballarat C Box.This answer has not been given a mark as yet.
It was staff ticket Longwood-Benalla-Wangaratta when the branch to St James and Yarrawonga opened. Let's try Benalla A Box.You are quite correct duttonbay, it was staff and ticket between the fore mention stations once , but unfortunately you have hopped into the Tardis and travelled back in time way too many centuries. Press the button that says "Travel back 30 years from today" to find a signal box that operated 3 lines by Staff and Ticket (One of the lines was OTS ,meaning, One Engine in Steam or no tickets to be issued).
You've got me beaten. 30 years ago predates the western SG, meaning it's only the North-East. Outside Metro Melbourne there's only platforms at Seymour, Benalla and Wangaratta. No staff and ticket at Seymour or Wangaratta (which was not a junction) and you've ruled out Benalla.You are not beaten yet my friend ,for when I read your reply i saw to my horror that my fat finger had pressed a 3 not a 2 so the so the sentence must read 20 years ago. Don't look at the North East standard gauge .
I shall sit back and watch with interest, and see what I have missed...