Heathcote Junction railway station

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Heathcote Junction
Station statistics
Address Epping-Kilmore Road, Heathcote Junction
Coordinates 37°22′05″S 145°01′33″E / 37.36806°S 145.02583°E / -37.36806; 145.02583Coordinates: 37°22′05″S 145°01′33″E / 37.36806°S 145.02583°E / -37.36806; 145.02583
Line(s) North East
Distance 53.45 kilometres from Southern Cross
Structure type Ground
Platforms 2 side
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened 17 March 1890
Station code HCJ
Owned by VicTrack
Operator V/Line
Myki zone 2
Station status Unstaffed station
Website Public Transport Victoria
Services
Preceding station   V/Line   Following station
Seymour line
toward Seymour or Shepparton

Heathcote Junction railway station is located on the North East railway line in Victoria, Australia. A station, originally called Kilmore Junction, was opened at the site on 17 March 1890, at the point where the former Heathcote branch line left the main line.[1]

History[edit]

A crossing loop named Summit was opened at the location in November 1885, but closed in January 1886 after duplication works on the North East line were completed. Soon after, surveyors planning the route of a branch railway to Kilmore, and later to Heathcote, selected the site as the junction of the branch.[2]

In 1887 a junction was provided for construction trains on the new Kilmore line, which branched off to the west of the station, passing behind the down platform, with the points facing Melbourne. In 1888 a signal box named Kilmore Junction opened on the eastern side of the main line, but a station was not provided until March 1890. It had only small passenger shelters and no goods facilities.[3] Even though the branch line was extended north-west to Heathcote and thence to Bendigo in 1890, the station was not renamed Heathcote Junction until 15 May 1922.[2][3]

In 1962 the Melbourne-Albury standard gauge line opened. It ran behind Platform 1 so the signal box had to be replaced by a new structure to the west of the main lines, between them and the branch line. The branch line closed in 1968,[2] with the signal box following in 1970, although the foundations can still be seen today.[3] The pedestrian crossing between platforms at the up end of the station was upgraded in 2006/07.[4]

Platforms & services[edit]

Heathcote Junction has two side platforms. It is serviced by V/Line Seymour line services.[5]

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heathcote Junction Vicsig
  2. ^ a b c Turton, Keith W (1973). Six And A Half Inches From Destiny. Australian Railway Historical Society. p. 89. ISBN 0-85849-012-9. 
  3. ^ a b c Andrew Waugh. "Victorian Station Histories - Heathcote Junction". VR History. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  4. ^ "Public transport - Completed railway pedestrian crossing upgrades". Department of Transport. www.doi.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  5. ^ Seymour - Melbourne Public Transport Victoria

External links[edit]

Closed station navigation
Heathcote line
Junction | Towards Kilmore, Heathcote and Bendigo