The Buncrana Train


“Will it make it, can it make-it”


The folks in the camp used to say you could walk to Buncrana faster than the train. In reality that was sometimes possible, but as soon as we could ride bicycles we proved we could bike there as fast as the puffing billy. There was a song we used to sing about the train. Nobody knew who wrote it, or where it came from, but we all knew the words and the chorus:?Ben Clingain


“For Crockett is the dri and Bonner is the guard

If you have your ticket all your troubles you discard.

Be you fop or summer swell, to them it’s all the same

For every man must pay his fare on the Buncrana train.


Under the bridge at springtown the whistle gives a blast

As the men and women of the camp wave as we go past

Their children jumping wildly some naked in the rushes?t

he driver picks up speed to save its passengers blushes


we pass Bridgend, reach Burnfoot and there we give a call

To view that ancient city and its Corporation Hall

The King of Tory Island is a man of widespread fame

His royal carriage is attached to the Buncrana train.


We go to Fahan to have a dip and stroll along the sand

The up the dunes to have a cup of coffee at the stand

The barmaid she is charming, with her you can remain

Until it’s time to go back on the Buncrana train.”