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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heidelberg has one island platform with two faces. It is serviced by Metro Trains' Hurstbridge line services.
Platform 1:Hurstbridge line: all stations services to Flinders Street
Platform 2:Hurstbridge line: all stations services to Eltham, Hurstbridge, Greensborough and Macleod
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)
Transdev Melbourne operates one SmartBus route via Heidelberg station: SmartBus 903: Altona station – Mordialloc
Ventura Bus Lines operates one route to and from Heidelberg station:551: to La Trobe University Bundoora Campus