SURVIVOR: Peter Henderson was travelling on the train with his mother when the Bogantungan Railway accident happened.
SURVIVOR: Peter Henderson was travelling on the train with his mother when the Bogantungan Railway accident happened. Contributed

Medway disaster

TODAY marks the 56th anniversary of the Bogantungan Railway accident, one of the worst rail disasters in the state.

On Friday, February 26, 1960, the Midlander train on its way to Rockhampton had an accident at Medway Creek, killing seven and injuring 43. The night before the accident, an uprooted gum tree weighing 12 tonnes impacted and damaged the pylons under the railway bridge.

As the train crossed the bridge just after 2am the bridge collapsed, causing the first engine to derail on the other side and the C-class second engine and three sleeping cars to fall 7.6m into the creek.

Peter Henderson was four at the time and travelling with his mum, seated in one of the back carriages.

"I don't remember a great deal... I can remember giving my clothes from my suitcase away to other children," he said.

"I can remember the carriage and the water and the people."


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