Located at Cobdogla in the Riverland of South Australia, the Irrigation & Steam Museum is a popular place for steam engine enthusiasts as well as being a fun and educational experience for children and their families.
The Museum has special operating days with working exhibits and train rides.
A special feature at the museum is the WORLD'S only Humphrey Pump in operating condition.
However, the pump is currently not being operated as the building is undergoing major renovations.
The operating floors have been repaired to remove concrete cancer and several steel reinforcing beams have also been installed.
The works currently being undertaken are to the fabric of the building.
Scaffolding has been installed to allow access to the roof space and all the obsolete electrical wiring has been removed. Next, the roof trusses and purlins are to be repaired or renewed and the roof and wall claddings are to be replaced with appropriate heritage pattern corrugated iron.
On completion of this work later in the year, public access to the building will be restored.
The long-awaited engineer's report about safety issues has been received. This suggests improvements to bring the operational safety of the pump up to modern standards. It is unclear yet how this work will be funded, if at all.
The report also recommends the removal of the tar pit, and, although the method of doing this has yet to be decided, funding will be made available for this.
Watch This Space. Corvid-19 Virus.
Due to current circumstances with the Corvid-19 Virus, the Museum is closed to the public until further notice.
Limited bookings for family tours and train rides may be accepted, subject to Covid-19 regulations in force at the time of the proposed booking. Please use the booking form included in this web site to make an enquiry. Note, a contact phone number and an e-mail address must be provided with the enquiry.
Please confirm the operating status of the Humphrey Pump if you wish to see it in action before traveling to Cobdogla.
Our Fowlers will be 100 Years Old in 2020.
We are in the preliminary stages of planning a major event to celebrate their centenary.
The celebration was to have been held on 29th, 30th August 2020, but this has been postponed until the virus situation becomes more clear.
Cobby Capers 2021
Following our successful Cobby Capers 2019, we are planning a similar event in August 2021.