Visitor Information Centre
The Echuca-Moama Visitor Information Centre is located in the Old Pump Station, 2 Heygarth Street, (PO Box 8) Echuca, Victoria, 3564, beside the bridge spanning over the Murray, joining the twin towns of Echuca-Moama to create one holiday destination.
The Victorian railways built the engine/pump house in 1877 to replace an earlier building located south of the wharf. Drawing water from the Murray River a tunnel, the machinery supplied water to the town tanks, to the railway’s tanks for use by the steam trains and to the wharf, where the water was used under pressure to drive the hydraulic cranes. At is peak there were five two ton cranes and one ten ton crane on the wharf, and all were operated hydraulically by water from the pump house.
In the pump house there were two Robey engines. The larger was a 14 hp with 9 inch cylinders, whilst the smaller engine was a 12hp with 8 inch cylinders. The power generated by the larger 14hp engine was conveyed to the six cranes located on the wharf, whereby a simple mechanical operation wound the chains that bring the loads from the hold of the barges. The power created by the smaller 12hp engine pumped water for use at the railway station and fed the steam making requirements of the thirsty locomotives. The accumulator that was used to supply and store the power can pump at over 700lb pressure to the square inch.
The centre is a Level 1 Accredited Visitor Information Centre providing quality information in a friendly manner. In addition, the centre also offers and accommodation and attraction booking service.
Hours of Operation
The Echuca-Moama Visitor Information Centre is open from 9am to 5pm daily, only closing Christmas Day.
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