Okay, I exagerate, but the news the Overlander was going to stop in Taihape did cause some excitement:
Word quickly spread around Taihape that a passenger was getting off the train in their town.
Elizabeth Mortland of the Taihape Community Trust says it was major news for the community – which has a population of just 1,788.
“The train, at long last, was going to stop,” she says.
Locals mustered a crowd on the station’s platform.
“There were a lot of people keen to see the train stop and see a passenger alight,” says Elizabeth.
They clapped and cheered for David, the man who stopped the train in their town.
This was the first time the Overlander had stopped in Taihape since April 10, 2005.
This is the town which prides itself on being the gumboot capital.
As a frequent wearer and fan of that footwear in the right place, I’m happy to say that’s a worthy claim to fame.
But when the townsfolk get this excited about a train stopping it suggests they’ve been sniffing their own gumboots too long.