Where am I Victoria? - Non Cryptic - #3

 
  Faredodger Deputy Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
And the winner is hbedriver.

The answer is Gould.

Four days after the running of the famous last train to Erica on the 25th June 1954, 7A and 7NBC journeyed out to Gould to pick up a rake of NQR wagons that hadn't been collected by the train from Erica - presumably because the train from Erica was overloaded and/or it had been running late, the crew had run out of kerosene for the lamps and it was pitch dark.  The locals dubbed this last run on the line the Gould Express.  (Vide Rails to Old Walhalla by Nick Anchen, especially the reminiscence by Jim Rae.)

Gould had a refreshment facility run by a local grocer (I shan't recount the "blue ointment" story here.)  The siding was installed in about 1916, and about that time, tanks were installed, as Gould became the watering stop replacing Tyers River.  A tramway (Brown's?) ran from the siding.

A tramway (was that also Brown's) crossed the main line via an overhead bridge just north of Gould.

So it's over to is hbedriver.

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  hbedriver Assistant Commissioner

Worst thing about being right is having to do something different!

A closed location on an open standard gauge line. Once a junction
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Worst thing about being right is having to do something different!

A closed location on an open standard gauge line. Once a junction
hbedriver
Branxholme?
  Faredodger Deputy Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Lubeck?
  deadlaker Train Controller

Cressy?
  hbedriver Assistant Commissioner

Goodness, three interesting guesses. Sadly, none correct. And all too close to Melbourne
  Djebel Junior Train Controller

Red Cliffs?
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Bowser?
  Faredodger Deputy Commissioner

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

Location: Richmond Vic
Ouyen?
  hbedriver Assistant Commissioner

Another four wrong attempts. I don’t know that steam locos regularly went out on the branch line beyond the junction, certainly the branch was one of the first fully dieselised.
  Faredodger Deputy Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Nowingi?
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Jeparit?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Heywood?
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Murtoa?
  hbedriver Assistant Commissioner

Faredodger has it again with Nowingi. I don’t believe a steam loco ever did a revenue trip on the branch “towards Millewa South”

My next clue was that the loco which ran the last train is at Steamrail‘a Newport depot, which would have seemed counter-intuitive to the previous clue. Diesel Mclass 231/232

Well done Faredodger, and some good guesses by others
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Good one! That was actually my next guess. I drove the formation from the western end near Rocket Lake back to Nowingi nearly 10 years ago. Here’s the link. https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11358190.htm

Technically, half a steam loco travelled the line. The frame of Y143 was fitted with a Diesel engine and worked the line.

Rick
  Faredodger Deputy Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Thanks, hbedriver.  Good teaser!

RustyRick, I always have trouble viewing the images in old posts, so I couldn't view your pics.  The text text was interesting, though.

New teaser:

I am a now closed private siding on a still open line.

The facility I served is not the typical facility (factory, mill, quarry, etc.) served by private sidings in Victoria.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Mangalore Defence Department Siding?
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Thanks, hbedriver.  Good teaser!

RustyRick, I always have trouble viewing the images in old posts, so I couldn't view your pics.  The text text was interesting, though.

New teaser:

I am a now closed private siding on a still open line.

The facility I served is not the typical facility (factory, mill, quarry, etc.) served by private sidings in Victoria.
Faredodger

Thanks Faredodger.

I’ll transfer the images from photobucket to Imgur and let you know. Unfortunately Taitset’s photos are not visible.

So, my guess is Seppelts at Great Western.
  Faredodger Deputy Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Thanks, RustyRick.

Two good guesses there, and well thought out.  One is a siding after my own heart.  But neither guess, I'm afraid, is correct.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Another oddball;  Geelong Grammar School Siding, Corio.
  Dave C Chief Train Controller

Location: Maitland
Dysart
  Faredodger Deputy Commissioner

Location: Hiding anywhere the ticket inspectors can't see me
Sorry, Dave C, it isn't Dysart.

But top of the class, Valvegear.  Geelong Grammar School Siding on the up side of Corio is the correct answer.  Another oddball indeed.  To quote the Rail Geelong website:

"The Geelong Grammar School siding opened on 19 April 1912.  It was a dead end siding that left the main line on the north side of School Road then curved eastwards. The railway siding was abolished in 1956.

"The siding opened to transport building materials for the school located to the east.  A light railway with steel rail was constructed between the siding and the site....Horses and gravity were the motive power.  The tram appeared to be in use until about 1920."

So, Valvegear, it's your turn.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Well, that was a lucky guess!

Now: This station had a piece of infrastructure unique to its location.

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