Heidelberg railway station, Melbourne

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Heidelberg is a railway station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located in the suburb of Heidelberg on the Hurstbridge railway line. Heidelberg is classed as a Premium Station and is in Metcard Zones 1+ 2.

Facilities
Heidelberg is located between Studley Road and Mount Street, with station access via an underpass which connects the two. The station consists of two platforms, in an island format, with a large red brick building in the centre. The building houses an enclosed waiting area, ticket facilities and toilets. Large and small Metcard ticket vending machines are located inside the waiting area, able to dispense most ticketing options available and also accept notes and coins. In early 2009 new lighting was added to the station, providing a safer environment for commuters using the station. Between Heidelberg and Rosanna station the line is single track, and passes under a hill by a short tunnel. The Austin Hospital is located directly opposite of the station, on Studley Road.

Platforms, services and connecting bus services
Platform 1:
  • Hurstbridge line - all stations and limited stops services to Flinders Street
Platform 2:
  • Hurstbridge line - all stations services to Macleod, Greensborough, Eltham and Hurstbridge
(Note: Platform 2 is bi-directional, meaning that Flinders Street bound trains can use it if platform 1 is unavailable. Both up and down trains can also use platform 2 to terminate and reverse direction.)
  • 513 Eltham ”“ Glenroy via Greensborough RS, Watsonia RS, Rosanna RS, Coburg RS (every day). Operated by Dyson's Bus Services.
  • 546 Heidelberg ”“ University of Melbourne via Darebin RS, Clifton Hill RS (Monday to Friday). Operated by Dyson's Bus Services.
  • 551 Heidelberg ”“ La Trobe University (Monday to Friday). Operated by Ivanhoe Bus Company.
  • 903 Altona ”“ Mordialloc SC via Essendon, Northland SC, Box Hill, Chadstone SC (every day). Operated by Ventura Bus Lines and Westrans.


History
Heidelberg station opened on 8 May 1888, at the time when it was the terminating station on what is now the Hurstbridge line. It was upgraded to a Premium Station on 21 June 1996, although the enclosed waiting area and ticket facilities were built in 1992 as part of the 'Travel Safe' program in the early 1990s. 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 would ferry returning wounded World War II servicemen from Melbourne to Heidelberg Station where ambulances were waiting to collect them. Heidelberg Station's role in the war was recognised on 3 November 1995, 50 years after the end of the war, when The Hon. Vin Heffernan MP, member for Ivanhoe, erected a plaque at the station to commemorate it. At 5am on 5 March 1994, after the signals were upgraded to a totally electronic system, one of the old mechanical semaphore signals ("Signal No. 4") was relocated from the Melbourne side of the station to the car park opposite platform 1 where the third track used to be. The signal is no longer in operation and is only kept for display purposes. There is a sign on the platform explaining its historical significance. Signal No. 4 was first erected for operation at Heidelberg station in 1912.

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