Displays and Demonstrations in the Station Area



TIMBER SAWING BY TRADITIONAL MEANS


Demonstration of the art of traditional timber sawing into planks using a vintage wooden saw bench driven with belts by steam engines or vintage tractors.




STONEBREAKING 


A demonstration of stone breaking with a mobile Stonebreaker driven by steam engines. 


STEAM DRIVEN ‘GALLOPERS’

This is a set of authentic, original and now vintage ‘Hobby Horses’ – as they were known many years ago. They will be driven by electricity generated by an original Showman’s Steam Engine owned by William Carlisle of Ballynahinch.   Come and have a ride on the horses and other animals going ‘uphill and down dale’ as they go whirling round!

ARCHERY


Muckamore Company of Archers will have their bows and arrows and targets at the ready for you to have a go at hitting a ‘bull’!  They will be on hand to give instructions, advice and help on the right way to use a bow and arrow.

STEAM ENGINE RIDES


There will be two full size Steam Engines towing big trailers with seats for passengers.  Come and have a ride behind a real steam engine and enjoy the smell of the smoke, steam and hot oil!  The rides are only £2.00 per person.

STEAM ENGINE VIEWING PLATFORM


Climb up on to the platform to see the workings of a steam engine up real close. Watch as the cams, piston rods, valves, gear wheels, shafts etc. move slowly in unison as the engine “ticks over” and marvel at the power of just fire and water!



BIRDS OF PREY


Come and admire magnificent birds such as American Red Tailed Hawks, American Barn Owls, native Barn Owls, Harris Hawks and many more.   It will also be possible to handle some of the birds under the watchful eye of John Carmichael and his team.


BALLYMENA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB


Watch and listen to the crackle and the craic as the radio enthusiasts call up and chat with their counterparts all around the globe.  It makes the world seem a much smaller place as they talk to folk in Paris and Panama and Peru and Patagonia!

‘D COY’ CAMP – A DISPLAY OF WARTIME VEHICLES AND MEMORABILIA


A very interesting and informative display of Landrovers, jeeps, motorcycles, uniforms, guns, equipment and other paraphernalia from various wartime scenarios. 


WOODCARVING


On the green in front of the old Station house.  Watch enthralled as Michael Rodgers carves exquisite animals and birds out of tree trunks by the traditional method of using only a mallet and chisels.

Created by David Heatley: shanescastlesteamrally@gmail.com