Where am I Victoria? - Non Cryptic - #3

 
  evtastic123 Station Master

Tongala?

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  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Not Tongala nor any station on the Toolamba-Echuca cross-country line.  (Is that booked out?  I hadn't heard.)
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Further clue: with regard to goods traffic, the station served an industry that has given pleasure to millions.
Faredodger

I was not aware the VR had any sidings serving sex shops!
  hbedriver Deputy Commissioner

Thanks, Duttonbay; glad it wasn’t me getting caught saying that
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Nor was I; it's clearly a matter for some research.  (Not that it's really relevant; there are other forms of pleasure in the world, but discussion of the topic probably falls outside the ambit of this forum.)

Thinks: is a siding serving a sex shop better termed a sidling?
  hbedriver Deputy Commissioner

Puts a whole new meaning to running a pick-up goods!

Seriously though, could it be Dennington?
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
It does indeed!  And seriously, you have the right answer with Dennington.

Mainline through passenger trains no longer stopped there from August 1956, but the Warrnambool-Dennington workers' train continued until August 1957.  Passenger facilities had been removed by the end of the decade.  It became a terminus in 1977 when the line beyond to Port Fairy closed, and the line beyond VicWest Siding was booked out in the 2000s.

In its last operating years, the major customer was Nestle - and if chocolate doesn't give pleasure to millions, I don't know what does.  (Well I do, but I'm not going to go into that again!)

It's over to hbedriver.
  hbedriver Deputy Commissioner

Nice ideas there, Faredodger. I think some guys (myself included) got trapped thinking about the school train that used to run from Echuca on the Toolamba line, usually a 102hp Walker and three trailers.

You also might think some of us have a dirty mind…

Ah yes, the quiz.

A closed station on an open line. This one had a military connection.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Mangalore?
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
It never entered my head, hbedriver.

Dysart?
  evtastic123 Station Master

Fulham?
  hbedriver Deputy Commissioner

Well, three fine guesses there. None of them on the right line, though.

Passengers looking out the windows may easily see rails/sleepers of the (now disconnected) siding.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Mulwala (from tours).
  hbedriver Deputy Commissioner

Sorry, not Mulwala; that was a good idea, though.

This place usually has several passenger trains pass daily, subject of course to the usual litany of excuses.
  Dave C Assistant Commissioner

Location: Maitland
Armytage
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Seymour ( remains of the Mobilisation Siding)?
  hbedriver Deputy Commissioner

Ok, we are looking for a closed station on a line which sees several passenger trains daily; the place was associated with the military, much of the siding remains visible.

Not Mangalore, Dysart, Mulwala, Armitage, Seymour or Fulham (though several good ideas, which I hadn’t thought of, must remember them).

None of the guesses are in the correct District (counting the traditional Working Time Tables).
  Dave C Assistant Commissioner

Location: Maitland
Lake Boga
  hbedriver Deputy Commissioner

Not Lake Boga, although you are on the correct track.

The military facility recently received international attention.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Sandhurst
  hbedriver Deputy Commissioner

Well done by Kitchgp, Sandhurst it is.

Located between North Bendigo and California Gully, the siding ran into the defense factory, now privately owned and currently producing the Bushmaster vehicles sought by the Ukraine Government.

Over to Kitchgp!
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Thanks. Rather interesting. You can see the remains of the sidings, next to some Bushmasters, on Google Earth:
https://earth.google.com/web/@-36.73757084,144.2894869,214.02657901a,68.819154d,35y,0.00119983h,0t,0r

Zoom out and you can trace the route of the connection to the main line, on the left.


I'm rather busy at the moment, so it is open to whomever would like it.
  evtastic123 Station Master

If it's okay with everyone I'm gonna come in with this hint:

Passenger services at this station were cut, before being restored at a later date.
  Faredodger Chief Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
It's perfectly all right.

I'll start the ball rolling with a guess: Elmore.
  Djebel Train Controller

Cobram.

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