Super 8 Stories: The Back Garden Train Line



Belfast, Kings Road, Shane's Castle


1960s, 1970s



06min 48sec




Super 8





BBC NI, Billy McCormick, Doubleband Films, Fred Cooper, Michael McKeown

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Local train enthusiast, Billy McCormick, tells the story of his dream to operate a train line with fully working steam engine in his back garden off the Kings Road in Belfast. With Billy's own footage of the events we follow the story as he and his friends labour to build the track and restore the engine. When Billy decided to move house he donated the train to Shane's Castle and footage of the train in operation there together with contributions from Lord O'Neill complete the story. This clip appeared in Series 3, Programme 1 of 'Super 8 Stories'.

Shot List

Shots of old disused train being delivered to garden of Belfast house and close-up of newspaper article about the event. Team of men working on track. Restoration on train engine being carried out. Partially restored steam engine being tested. Fully restored engine driving on the tracks. Opening ceremony of new train ride with lots of people gathered in garden and riding on the train. Various shots of train lying idle. Various shots of train carrying passengers on open carriages at new home at Shane’s Castle. Shots taken onboard the train on its journey around Shane’s Castle.


Narrator: Maire Jones; Programme Accountant: Anne Hegarty; Production Assistant: Gillian Halliday; Camera: Michael Quinn; Sound: Paul Maynes; Music Consultants: Jim Meredith, Ralph McLean; Graphics: Alan Perry; Dubbing: One Zero Zero; Online Editor: Jonathan Fetherston; Researcher: Ben Price; Archivist: Evan Marshall; Assistant Producer: Jenny Waugh; Editor: David Gray; Executive Producers: Alex Johnston, Michael Hewitt; Producer: Diarmuid Lavery; Director: Brian Henry Martin



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