Heidelberg railway station

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Heidelberg
Heidelberg Station Melbourne.jpg
Platform 2 in August 2005
Location Studley Road, Heidelberg
Australia
Coordinates 37°45′26″S 145°03′39″E / 37.7571°S 145.0607°E / -37.7571; 145.0607Coordinates: 37°45′26″S 145°03′39″E / 37.7571°S 145.0607°E / -37.7571; 145.0607
Owned by VicTrack
Operated by Metro
Line(s) Hurstbridge
Distance 14.04 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms 2 (1 island)
Tracks 2
Connections Bus
Construction
Structure type Ground
Parking 300
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Premium station
Station code HDB
Fare zone Myki zone 1/2 overlap
Website Public Transport Victoria
History
Opened 8 May 1888
Electrified Yes
Services
Preceding station   Metro Trains   Following station
Hurstbridge line
toward Hurstbridge

Heidelberg railway station is located on the Hurstbridge line, in Victoria, Australia, serving the north-eastern Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg.

North of Heidelberg, the double line becomes single, to pass through a short tunnel.

History[edit]

Heidelberg station opened on 8 May 1888,[1] 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.[2]

During 1988, the former No. 4 and No. 5 tracks were abolished, along with a number of disc signal posts.[3]

In 1992, the station received an enclosed waiting area and ticket facilities, as part of the ‘Travel Safe’ program of the early 1990s. It was upgraded to a Premium station on 21 June 1996.[4]

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.[5]

At the 2016-17 Victorian State Budget, $140.2 million was allocated to duplicate the single line between Heidelberg and Rosanna, and includes a second rail tunnel, alongside the existing tunnel.[6]

Platforms and services[edit]

Heidelberg has one island platform with two faces. It is serviced by Metro Trains' Hurstbridge line services.[7]

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Transport links[edit]

Dyson's Bus Services operates two routes via Heidelberg station:

Transdev Melbourne operates one SmartBus route via Heidelberg station:

Ventura Bus Lines operates one route to and from Heidelberg station:

References[edit]

  1. ^ VICSIG Infrastructure - Heidelberg
  2. ^ Plaque inside Heidelberg Station
  3. ^ "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. November 1988. p. 346. 
  4. ^ "Upgrading Eltham to a Premium Station". Newsrail. Australian Railway Heistorical Society. October 1997. p. 310. 
  5. ^ Sign at Heidelberg Railway Station, Platform 1
  6. ^ Hurstbridge Rail Line upgrade Public Transport Victoria
  7. ^ Hurstbridge Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
  8. ^ Route 513 Eltham - Glenroy timetable Public Transport Victoria
  9. ^ Route 546 Heidelberg - Melbourne University Public Transport Victoria
  10. ^ Route 903 Altona - Mordialloc timetable Archived 26 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Public Transport Victoria
  11. ^ Route 551 Heidelberg - La Trobe University timetable Public Transport Victoria

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