The Museum

Located in Park Terrace at Cobdogla, the Cobdogla Irrigation and Steam Museum is full of interesting exhibits, engines and pumps, tractors and machinery from a past era.

A passionate group of volunteers assist with keeping the Museum and it's machinery in good order and providing a welcoming and fun environment for visitors.

The museum holds five major operating days each year, featuring Steam Train and Traction Engine rides, Operating Stationary Engines, the National Trust dioramas and special operating exhibits. Also showing are videos about the Humphrey Pump, (please note the pump is currently not operating),

A programme of Diesel Train Rides on Saturday nights or Sundays is scheduled.

See right for operating times and visit the 'Coming Events' page for more information.

Train Rides

- Take a 30 minute Train Ride through the vineyards behind one of our Simplex Diesel Locomotives. Loco 7369 - 'Farleigh' built 1939 or Loco 9861 'Peter' built 1953.


- A tour guide can show you through the museum. The Humphrey Pump DVD is shown during the tour.

Grounds Hire

- The Museum can be hired as a venue for special events, including weddings and family function etc. Steam or Diesel locos can be hired to take your guests for a train ride or have the Bridal Party arrive by train. See the booking form on the Tours page.

Some of the features of the Museum are listed below.

Humphrey Pump

The World's ONLY working Humphrey Pump with charcoal fired gas producers.

Please note that upgrades to the Humphrey Pump ventilation and safety systems are under way. We plan to recommission the pump when these are completed.

Please check this page to confirm when the Pump will be operating or visit the Cobdogla Museum Facebook page.


Bagnall Steam Loco - Simplex Diesel Locos

A 2 foot gauge light railway operated with a 1906 vintage Bagnall Saddle Tank Steam Loco and/or Simplex Diesel Locomotives.


Museum DVD’s

Two DVD’s are now available. One shows the Humphrey Pump operations along with the railway, Ploughing engine and other exhibits. $15 plus postage.

The new DVD is an 80 minute explanation of the Humphrey Pump by Doug Fieldhouse who was the former Pump Station Superintendent. Each part of the operation is explained in detail from the gas producers to the delivery of water into the channel. $20 plus postage.

Coming Soon. A DVD showing the working engines in the engine shed.

Irrigation History Book

A 390 page soft cover book 'Irrigation Settlement on the River Murray in South Australia - 1838 - 1938' is available for $20.

Note, we are almost out of these books. Now only available at the museum.

Vintage collections

Scattered throughout the complex is an impressive collection of vintage engines, pumps, tractors and machinery many which were used in the early settlement of the district.

Some of the engines include Steam Traction & Ploughing Engines, Steam Roller, Portable Steam Engines, Steam Pumps and Ancillary equipment.


The Vintage Internal Combustion Engines include Blackstones, a rare Southern Cross, Mirrlees and a Crossley Suction Gas Engine.

Fascinating History

The National Trust displays include Dioramas depicting the development of the area from pre white settlement to the 1930's, plus a photo wall, interactive displays, models and maps.

Loveday Internment Camp

The history of the Loveday Internment Camp from World War II is on display inside the National Trust building.

Major Operating Days


Sunday 8th March. Sunday12th April. Sunday 7th June. Sunday 12th July. Sunday 4th October.

Open 9 am - 4.30 pm Exhibits working from 11 am

Family $40 - (2 Adults, Non-concession plus children)

Adult $20 - (Non-concession)

Pensioner $15 (Pension, Senior or Health Care Cards)

Child 5 to 18 years $10 - 

Child under 5 years free.

Prices subject to change without notice.

Open Day attractions include;

Free train and Traction Engine rides, Working Exhibits, National Trust Displays.

Also available; Souvenir Shop, Light Lunch, Drinks, Tea and Coffee.


Summer Trains at Cobdogla

Saturday 28th Dec 2019 and then Every Saturday Night in January 2020

7 pm to 10 pm - $5 per ride  Children under 5 years free


Special Events

Train Rides Are Being Offered on Mother's Day May 10th and Father's Day September 6th from 11 am.

Halloween Twilight Trains from 7 pm to 10 pm on Saturday, October 31st.

Regular Diesel Train Rides

Train Rides are offered at 2 pm on Sundays and Tuesdays.

$5 per ride  Children under 5 years free


Tours of the Museum and Train Rides by arrangement

Special Interest Groups, Schools, Social Events, Weddings, Parties, etc.


To make an enquiry regarding a tour of the Museum please go to the Tours & Bookings page.


Please note: The times and prices are subject to alterations or cancellations without notice. The Cobdogla Irrigation & Steam Museum will make every reasonable effort to conform to the programme. Patrons traveling from outside the district are advised to contact the Museum prior to traveling to confirm the event will take place as scheduled. The Museum reserves the right to replace the Steam Locomotive with a Diesel Locomotive if operational circumstances dictate.

The History of the Irrigation & Steam Museum

The Museum was established by the then Engineering and Water Supply Department (now SA Water Corporation) as a major project commemoratng the South Australian Sesquicentenary in 1986.

Departmental employees overhauled the Humphrey Pump, landscaped and fenced the grounds and assisted with the restoration of the Fowler Traction engine and Bagnall locomotive.

The Museum is now operated by the Volunteers of the Cobdogla Steam Friends Society Inc and of the Barmera Branch of the National Trust.

With the focus on Irrigation History in general and the unique Humphrey Pump in particular, the Museum also concentrates on the early development of the Irrigation Areas of the Riverland and the machinery used in that developmental stage.

 Where is the museum located?

Park Terrace, Cobdogla SA 5346