|Upper Darling Range Railway|
|Termini|| Midland Junction |
|System||Western Australian Government Railways|
|Closed||22 July 1949|
|Line length||35 kilometres|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
The Upper Darling Range Railway (also known as the Upper Darling Range Branch) was a branch railway from Midland Junction, Western Australia], that rose up the southern side of the Helena Valley and on to the Darling Scarp via the Kalamunda Zig Zag. At the time of construction it was the only section of railway in Western Australia to have had a zig zag formation.
Completed in July 1891, the Upper Darling Range Railway line was built by the Canning Jarrah Timber Company to supply railway sleepers to Perth's growing railway system. It ran from Midland Junction railway station through to the Darling Ranges and up into Kalamunda. It was later extended to Canning Mills and in 1912 to Karragullen.From Pickering Brook, a line branched off to Bartons Mill.
On 1 July 1903, the line was taken over by the Western Australian Government Railways and became known as the Upper Darling Range Branch. The last service ran on 22 July 1949. The line was formally closed by the Railways (Upper Darling Range) Discontinuance Act 1950; it was dismantled in 1952.
Named stopping places and locations on the line included:
|Name||Previous name(s)||Distance from Perth||Height above sea level|
|Midland Junction station||Helena Vale||15 km||9.3 mi||15 m||49 ft|
|Bushmead (now under Roe Highway)||Waterhall||17 km||11 mi||26 m||85 ft|
|Rifle Range||23 km||14 mi||104 m||341 ft|
|Poison Gully Creek (scene of 1904 crash)|
|Number 1 Points Ridge Hill (lower section of Zig Zag)||27 km||17 mi|
|Number 2 Points Statham's Quarry||Perth City Council siding from 1920||28 km||17 mi|
|Number 3 Points|
|Number 4 Points (upper section of Zig Zag)||Possibly known as The Knoll|
|Gooseberry Hill||30 km||19 mi||242 m||794 ft|
|Kalamunda||Stirk's Landing||32 km||20 mi||242 m||794 ft|
|South Kalamunda||Guppy's Siding||35 km||22 mi||283 m||928 ft|
|Walliston||Wallis's Crossing||37 km||23 mi||311 m||1,020 ft|
|Bickley||(named Heidelberg between 1904 and 1915)||38 km||24 mi||318 m||1,043 ft|
|Carmel||Green's Landing||40 km||25 mi||286 m||938 ft|
|Pickering Brook||Pickering Junction||42 km||26 mi||282 m||925 ft|
|Canning Mills||Canning Timber Station||48 km||30 mi||254 m||833 ft|
|Karragullen||50 km||31 mi||300 m||980 ft|
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