Heidelberg railway station
Platform 2 in August 2005
|Location||Studley Road, Heidelberg
|Distance||14.04 kilometres from Southern Cross|
|Platforms||2 (1 island)|
|Fare zone||Myki zone 1/2 overlap|
|Website||Public Transport Victoria|
|Opened||8 May 1888|
North of Heidelberg, the double line becomes single, to pass through a short tunnel.
Heidelberg station opened on 8 May 1888, at the time when it was the terminating station, on what is now the Hurstbridge line.
At one time, there was a goods yard opposite Platform 1, however this made way for an extension of the commuter car park, but the goods shed still exists. Later on, there were three tracks running through the station - two serviced the island platform, and the third track was the last surviving stabling track. The third track was removed after a period of inactivity.
Between 26 January 1942 and 6 February 1942, 14 trains were modified to become ambulance trains. The trains ferried returning wounded World War II servicemen from Melbourne to Heidelberg, where ambulances were waiting to collect them. Heidelberg's role in the war was recognised on 3 November 1995, 50 years after the end of the war, when Vin Heffernan, member for Ivanhoe, erected a plaque at the station to commemorate the event.
During 1988, the former No. 4 and No. 5 tracks were abolished, along with a number of disc signal posts.
At 5am on 5 March 1994, after the signals were upgraded to an electronic system, one of the decommissioned mechanical semaphore signals ("Signal No. 4") was relocated from the Melbourne side of the station, to the car park opposite Platform 1, for display purposes. Signal No. 4 was first erected for operation at Heidelberg station in 1912.
Platforms and services
Dyson's Bus Services operates two routes via Heidelberg station:
- 513: Eltham station – Glenroy station
- 546: to University of Melbourne Tram Stop (off peak extension to Queen Victoria Market)
Ventura Bus Lines operates one route to and from Heidelberg station:
- VICSIG Infrastructure - Heidelberg
- Plaque inside Heidelberg Station
- "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. November 1988. p. 346.
- "Upgrading Eltham to a Premium Station". Newsrail. Australian Railway Heistorical Society. October 1997. p. 310.
- Sign at Heidelberg Railway Station, Platform 1
- Hurstbridge Rail Line upgrade Public Transport Victoria
- Hurstbridge Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 513 Eltham - Glenroy timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 546 Heidelberg - Melbourne University Public Transport Victoria
- Route 903 Altona - Mordialloc timetable Archived 26 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Public Transport Victoria
- Route 551 Heidelberg - La Trobe University timetable Public Transport Victoria