Barraba railway line

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km Station
99 Barraba
91 Black Springs
66 Upper Manilla
62 Wimborne
Namoi River
47 Manilla
23 Attunga
Peel River
18 Appleby
13 Gidley
6 Westdale
1 West Tamworth Showground
0 Main North line at West Tamworth

The Barraba branch railway line is a closed railway line in New South Wales, Australia. The line, which was opened on 21 September 1908,[1] ran for 99 kilometres (62 mi) north along the Manilla valley to the town of Barraba from the Main North railway line at West Tamworth.

Loading containers of asbestos into rail wagons in Barraba yard

The railway line crossed the Namoi River at Manilla over a large viaduct and crosses the Peel River just before Attunga.

In the 1970s, the Barraba line was served by the unique railmotor, CHP38 (also known as Creamy Kate).[2] At that period, large quantities of asbestos was railed from Barraba in containers for export.

The line is now open for only 6 kilometres (4 mi) for use as grain wagon storage.[1]

A stop block is in place at Dampier Street, Tamworth and the line was damaged by flood along Wallamore Road on 29 November 2008.


  1. ^ a b Barraba branch -
  2. ^ Return Trip to Barraba in CHP38 Blackwell, Greg Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, July, 2000 pp259-266