Manchester, GA Railroad Days will be lots of fun for all train enthusiast. On Friday – Railroad Days Reception and Presentation will take place in the Manchester Mill
On Saturday railroadiana show will be in the Manchester Mill located (10 Callaway Street) from 9:00AM to 4:00PM. Cost on Saturday is $4.00 for adults and children 12 and under free.
The show will feature sales by vendors and model layout displays and personal collections. Outside the mill, children and adults alike can enjoy rides by live steamers which are hand made engines to scale (7 ½ inch gauge) and can pull riders behind them and only a few blocks away, a covered train watching platform provides plenty of rail action of the Manchester yard (junction of the Atlanta and Birmingham lines)
Inside the Mill , Over 80 exhibitor tables have been reserved The Columbus Model club will have their HO scale layout and the Atlantic Coast S gauges. The historical societies for the ACL/SAL, The Central of Georgia, and others will have displays. Many vendors and exhibitors will have lots of interesting railroad memorabilia.
Manchester Railroad Museum collection of artifacts has grown to over 200 items and those will be on display at the show, many for the first time. Many of the objects are one-of-a-kind items.
Tasty Treats will be available during the day. Tha Deli, the local restaurant located adjacent to the exhibition hall will be open and providing great food.
In addition to the displays at the Manchester Mill, railfans will find a lot of excitement at the Manchester Observation Deck. A map has been installed showing the routes running through Manchester. The dispatch scanner allows railfans to hear the action down the line. New track work in the Manchester yard by CSX creates even more excitement.
The 1925 historic A, B, &C Caboose will be on display. It was originally built as one of three wooden cabooses for the Florida East Cost in 1925. They were later sold to the AB&A (Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic) which eventually became Atlanta, Birmingham and Coast then later, the Atlantic Coast Line and traveled through Manchester as well as many cities in west central Georgia. The caboose was used by the ACL for a number of years. It is also only one of two still in existence today of the original stock used by the AB&C. The other is a steam engine used for excursions in Maryland.