Ted Having a play at Bogantungan .

Virginia McGowan

Nerang Gold Coast, Australia

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Medway creek Bogantungan
Bogantungan is a town in central Queensland, Australia. The town in the Central Highlands Region local government area, 930 kilometres (580 mi) north west of the state capital Brisbane and 350 kilometres (220 mi) west of the regional city of Rockhampton.

The site today is just a small group of houses on the Capricorn Highway, however, the township has its place in history.

As the railway headed west from Rockhampton, a number of towns sprang up at the head of line. These towns were only intended to service the work of the crews laying the rails, but some have lasted over a century. Bogantungan was one of these. It became a town of some thousands of people, with around 30 hotels. After the line moved on, so did most of the town, to form the next settlement.

On 26 February 1960, Bogantungan became the site of one of Queensland’s worst train disasters. The Midlander passenger train, heading east to Rockhampton, passed over the flooded Medway Creek, just west of the town. The bridge collapsed when the train was partly over, with a number of carriages dropping into the water. A total of 4 passengers and 3 crew were killed, with 43 injured.

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