Echuca railway station

Echuca railway station is the terminal station of the Deniliquin line in Victoria, Australia. It serves the town of Echuca.[1] It is the terminus for V/Line services from Melbourne. Beyond Echuca the line continues to Deniliquin. Freight sidings and a silo exist opposite the station.

History

View of station buildings in June 2015.

The railway reached Echuca in 1864, and transformed the town into a major river port, with the opening of the Echuca Wharf and substantial urban growth in the 1870s.[2] In 1876, the Deniliquin and Moama Railway Company opened their 71 km (44 mi) long private railway northwards to Deniliquin.[3]

The brick station building at Echuca was provided on opening of the line, along with a double gable roofed brick goods shed, and three road locomotive depot. The station building was expanded in 1877, a large water tower being erected in the same year (demolished in 1977),[4] and the iron footbridge was added in 1880.[5] The concrete rail bridge over the Murray River to the north of the station opened in 1989, replacing a road and rail bridge which opened in 1878.[2]

A short branch line between Echuca and the port opened with the line, but was closed in 1971. In 2000, $150,000 funding for the reconstruction of the line was provided.[6] By 2002 work was underway, with the cost increased to $330,000. However, by 2007 the branch was out of use and disconnected from the main line.[7]

The line north of Echuca closed in 2007, but was reopened in October 2013.[8][9]

Platforms & services

Echuca station has one platform. It is served by V/Line Echuca line trains.[10]

Platform 1:

Transport links

Echuca is also served by V/Line road coach services between Bendigo and Moama[10] and NSW TrainLink road coach services to Albury and Wagga Wagga.[11]

References

  1. ^ Rochester Vicsig
  2. ^ a b "Echuca-Moama Road Rail Bridge over Murray River". Office of Environment & Heritage. NSW Government. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics. "Private Railways". Year Book Australia, 1921. www.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 20 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. August 1977. p. 182.
  5. ^ "Echuca Railway Station Complex (listing VICH1059)". Australia Heritage Places Inventory. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Minister Announces Funding for the Port of Echuca Rail Link". Media Release: Minister for Transport. www.dpc.vic.gov.au. 29 May 2000. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
  7. ^ "Switchpoint: Victorian Rail Freight Network Review" (PDF). p. 70. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
  8. ^ Coalition government reopens Echuca to Toolamba line for rail freight Premier of Victoria 3 October 2013
  9. ^ Echuca to Toolamba reopens Rail Express 9 October 2013
  10. ^ a b Echuca/Moama - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
  11. ^ "Southern timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 30 September 2018.

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