Upfield is a residential and industrial locality 17 km north of Melbourne, situated in Dallas. The name is descriptive of the area's open country.

In 1956 the Ford motor car factory was begun on land between the Hume Highway and the railway line from Coburg to Somerton. The State Government announced its intention to construct a railway station (Upfield), and the line was electrified in 1959. South of the Ford factory housing was built and a high school opened in 1968. The Campbellfield primary school was nearby, but another primary school (Upfield) was opened in 1970 and superseded the Campbellfield site in 1992.

A small shopping centre and post office are near the station. Immediately west of Upfield is the larger residential area of Dallas.

Between 1988 and 1994 the railway line to Upfield was subject to possible closure or conversion to light rail transit. The reasons were weak patronage and the close parallel tram and train tracks in the Brunswick-Coburg area. By 1997 it was decided to keep the line, and upgrading works along the tracks were undertaken. In 2014 plans were unveiled that proposed doubling the number of tracks on the Upfield Line to run freight trains.

Upfield high school was closed and the primary school (Dallas Brooks Community primary school) moved onto the high school site in 2012 (470 pupils, 2014).

Further Reading

Jon Saul and Wendy Moore, Down the line to Upfield: a history of the North Melbourne-Coburg-Somerton railway, Coburg, 1991