The rail line was opened in September 1908 and provided an important link to centres surrounding Manilla. It is now closed but stands as a heritage reminder of years gone by.
The Manilla Railway Bridge (Viaduct) crosses over the Namoi River, through the Showground and to Manilla Railway Station. (the station is not there anymore)
 In the 1950's it was a daring journey as a young fella to walk over the bridge, climbing up the embankment on the other side, laying down and listening first with an ear on the train track to see if a train was coming, and then commence the walk across the bridge.
Stepping from one timber plank to the other, looking down to the river and hopefully reach the other side before a train arrives. Fortunately some stayed behind, as during one crossing a rail repair carriage was approaching and with arms waving to stop the workers, they slowed down and collected the walkers halfway across. 
The walk was achieved by some where they climbed down to ground level at the showground.
            Left - Entering the showground is an impressive sight.  Right - The bridge beside the oval.  This area of the oval on shows days was used as a trotting track with horses and riders racing past spectators just on the other side of the fence.            
            Left - Another view towards the oval.  Right - Part of the bridge going over the Namoi River from the showground area.            
                      Photo: Manilla Museum                    
          Left - Showing the road that goes around the oval to the north side.  Right - Just outside the oval with narrow road openings between the bridge supports. See below for pictures near this area.          
                  Looking towards the oval.                 
                           The railway bridge over the Namoi River.              
            These pictures show the types of trains that used to travel to Manilla in the 1950's - 1960's. Called steam hauled mail trains with all wooden carriages. Some had sleepers and it was an interesting ride to Sydney overnight. The train to Manilla was called the North West Mail Train.  It was this type of train that I left Manilla on in 1964.            
          The 'Chinky Chow' bridge at the southern end of Manilla Street is a unique heritage style that has been there since before the 1950's.  On the left is a picture showing when the railway bridge was operational in the 1950's. A walkway led you under the rail bridge. Today, on the right, the bridge has gone.           
                  Sunflowers beside the railway lines.                 
            The railway line still exists leading up to the old Railway Station area.               
            At the entrance sign to Manilla is an old railway crane and a plaque detailing this area.           
                    Manilla Railway Station 1948 and the
same station I left Manilla in 1965.
Photo: Manilla Museum
                  Photos above and below: Manilla Museum                
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