Upper Darling Range Railway
|Upper Darling Range Railway|
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 section' (referring to the section of line in Gooseberry Hill). At the time of construction it was the only section of railway in Western Australia to have had a zig zag formation.
Completed in 1891, the Upper Darling Range Railway line in Western Australia was built by the Canning Jarrah Timber Company to supply railway sleepers to Perth's growing railway system. It ran from Midland Junction through to the Darling Ranges and up into Kalamunda. It was later extended to Pickering Brook and then on to Karragullen. From Pickering Brook, the line was also run to Bartons Mill. In 1903 the line was taken over by the Western Australian Government Railways and became known as the Upper Darling Range Branch, which ran it until 1949 when it was closed.
Named stopping places and locations on the line included:
|Name||Previous name(s)||Distance from Perth||Height above sea level|
|Midland Junction Railway 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)|
|Ridge Hill (lower section of Zig Zag)||27 km||17 mi|
|Bottom Points (possible same as Ridge Hill)|
|Statham's Quarry||Perth City Council siding (1920–1949)||28 km||17 mi|
|Number 3 Points|
|Top 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|
The line was closed and pulled up in 1949.
- Part of this table is sourced from:- Slee, John (1979) Cala Munnda pp.55-56
- Gunzburg, Adrian (1967) Upper Darling Range Railway: WAGR held at Battye Library
- Price, Eric T. (1983) The Canning jarrah line, 1891-1903 Western Australia : E.T. Price
- Slee, John. (1979) Cala Munnda : a home in the forest : a history of Kalamunda Kalamunda, W.A. : Shire of Kalamunda. ISBN 0-9595831-0-6
- Steele, Ken.(1993) Zig Zag to Kalamunda : the story of the Upper Darling Range Railway Lesmurdie, W.A.: Drillmark Publications Division. ISBN 0-646-16323-X
- Watson, Lindsay (1995)The Railway History Of Midland Junction : Commemorating The Centenary Of Midland Junction, 1895-1995 Swan View, W.A : L & S Drafting in association with the Shire of Swan and the Western Australian Light Railway Preservation Association.
- Webb, E.G. (Eric Godfrey) & Kalamunda and Districts Historical Society (1996). Rails in the hills : a history of the railway from Midland to Karragullen, 1891-1949 Kalamund & Districts Historical Society, Kalamunda, W.A