26 May 2010

Taumarunui on the Main Trunk Line

Following on from the post about timetables http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.com/2010/05/pdf-timetables-new-way-to-get-your-air.html over the next little while I will post some interesting little historical snippets from various companys' timetables...

Taumarunui was apparently "immortalised" about being on the main trunk line by Pete Cape's folk song. (http://folksong.org.nz/taumarunui/index.html) however there was a time when it also had a non-scheduled air service operated by Eagle Air to and from both Hamilton and New Plymouth that was operated, as required, as part of the Hamilton-New Plymouth route. Unfortunately the Eagle Air timetable of it is undated so I have no idea when the service started, ended or if it operated very often. I would be surprised if the service would not have been a real winner.

As an aside, Taumarunui also had a railcar service to and from New Plymouth that connected with the north and south bound express trains/railcars from Auckland to Wellington that went through Whangamomona. The line recently experienced sever damage after a derailment and Kiwirail has moth balled it pending a decision on its fate.

If you know anything more about the air service to Taumarunui please drop me a line at westland831@gmail.com

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