Echuca railway station

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Echuca
Echucastation.jpg
Southbound view in August 2007
Station statistics
Address Sturt Street, Echuca
Line(s) Deniliquin
Distance 249.99 kilometres from Southern Cross
Structure type Ground
Platforms 1
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened 1864
Station code ECH
Owned by VicTrack
Operator V/Line
Station status Staffed part time
Melway map Melway
Website Public Transport Victoria
Services
Preceding station   V/Line   Following station
Bendigo line Terminus

Echuca railway station is located on 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[edit]

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, and the iron footbridge was added in 1880.[4] The concrete rail bridge over the Murray River to the north of the station opened in 1989, replacing a road and rail bridge 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.[5] 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.[6]

The line north of Echuca closed in 2007 but was reopened in October 2013[7][8]

Platforms & services[edit]

Echuca has one platform. It is serviced by V/Line Echuca line services.[9]

Platform 1:

Transport links[edit]

Echuca is also served by V/Line road coach services between Bendigo and Moama.[9]

NSW TrainLink operate road coach services to Albury and Wagga Wagga.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rochester Vicsig
  2. ^ a b "Echuca-Moama Road Rail Bridge over Murray River". www.rta.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics. "Private Railways". Year Book Australia, 1921. www.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  4. ^ "Echuca Railway Station Complex (listing VICH1059)". Australia Heritage Places Inventory. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  5. ^ "Minister Announces Funding for the Port of Echuca Rail Link". Media Release: Minister for Transport. www.dpc.vic.gov.au. 29 May 2000. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  6. ^ "Switchpoint: Victorian Rail Freight Network Review". 74.125.95.132. p. page 70. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  7. ^ Coalition government reopens Echuca to Toolamba line for rail freight Premier of Victoria 3 October 2013
  8. ^ Echuca to Toolamba reopens Rail Express 9 October 2013
  9. ^ a b Echuca/Moama - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
  10. ^ Southern timetable NSW TrainLink 20 October 2013
Closed station navigation
Toolamba-Echuca line
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External links[edit]

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