Echuca railway station
|PTV regional rail station|
|Location||116 Sturt Street,|
Echuca, Victoria 3564
Shire of Campaspe
|Distance||249.99 kilometres from|
|Connections||V/Line and NSW TrainLink Road Coaches|
|Status||Operational, Staffed Part-Time|
|Fare zone||Myki not available. Paper ticket only.|
|Website||Public Transport Victoria|
|Opened||19 September 1864|
|One per weekday to Southern Cross (two on weekends).|
Trains travelling in the opposite direction terminate here.
|Official name||Echuca Railway Station Complex|
|Designated||20 August 1982|
It is the northern-most operating passenger railway station on the Deniliquin line, and is the terminus for Echuca line services. It also serves as the terminus of the freight-only Toolamba–Echuca line. The Deniliquin line operates northwards, over the New South Wales state border, for freight traffic. Freight sidings and a silo are located opposite the station.
The railway reached Echuca in 1864 and, with the opening of the Echuca Wharf, the town was transformed into a major river port, encouraging substantial urban growth in the 1870s. In 1876, the Deniliquin and Moama Railway Company opened its 71 km (44 mi)-long private railway northwards to Deniliquin.
The brick station building at Echuca was provided with the opening of the line, along with a double-gabled brick goods shed, and a three-road locomotive depot. The station building was expanded in 1877, and a large water tower was erected in the same year (demolished in 1977). An iron footbridge was added in 1880. In June 1974, the former northern waiting room section of the station building was demolished. The concrete rail bridge over the Murray River, to the north of the station, opened in February 1989, replacing a combined road and rail bridge that opened in 1878.
A short branch line between Echuca and the port opened with the line, but was closed in 1971. In 2000, $150,000 was provided to fund the reconstruction of the line. By 2002, work was underway, with the cost increased to $330,000. However, by 2007, the branch was out of use and was disconnected from the main line.
Platforms and services
- Southern Cross services to and from
- "Echica Railway Station Complex". Victorian Heritage Database. Government of Victoria. Archived from the original on 15 May 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
- Echuca Vicsig
- "Echuca-Moama Road Rail Bridge over Murray River". Office of Environment & Heritage. NSW Government. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics. "Private Railways". Year Book Australia, 1921. www.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 20 July 2008.
- "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. August 1977. p. 182.
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- "Items of Interest". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. August 1974. p. 185.
- "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.[permanent dead link]
- "Switchpoint: Victorian Rail Freight Network Review" (PDF). p. 70. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
- Coalition government reopens Echuca to Toolamba line for rail freight Premier of Victoria 3 October 2013
- Echuca to Toolamba reopens Archived 2014-05-12 at the Wayback Machine Rail Express 9 October 2013
- Toolamba-Echuca Line Vicsig
- Echuca/Moama - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
- "Southern timetable". NSW Trainlink. 7 September 2019.