Rating:
5 votes

SC&MB - Soquel Creek Bridge

Photos 

Soquel Creek Railroad Bridge

Photo taken by Craig Philpott

Enlarge

BH Photo #192667

Map 

Description 

Pin connected Pratt deck truss with curved bottom chord. The entire crossing consists of two timber trestle sections and two small girder sections crossing city streets plus the main truss section crossing the water feature.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt Deck truss bridge over Soquel Creek on The Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railroad
Location
Capitola, Santa Cruz County, California
Status
Open Railroad only
Railroads
- Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway (SC&MB)
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Pin connected Pratt Deck truss with curved bottom chord
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 585.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.5 ft.
Also called
SC&MB - Capitola Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.97321, -121.95347   (decimal degrees)
36°58'24" N, 121°57'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/593149/4092411 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Soquel
Elevation
45 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 46748 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 21, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added category "Relocated" based on info from linked PDF
  • April 10, 2014: Updated by Alex Lewis: Revised Railroad Name--line operated by Iowa Pacific subsidiary SC&MB.
  • September 20, 2012: New photos from Jann Mayer
  • January 22, 2011: Updated by Anthony Dillon: added new category for this unique span
  • January 22, 2011: Updated by Craig Philpott: added description and photos
  • November 6, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • October 31, 2010: Added by Craig Philpott

Sources 

Comments 

Soquel Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted January 25, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Wow, thanks for pointing out this rare bridge! I have a brief discussion on the type here: http://www.historicbridges.org/truss/millcr/. Only a handful of these bridges have been found so far. Hopefully the historic bridge community will find more as time goes by.

Soquel Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted January 22, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Craig, This would appear to be another example of a Fishbelly Deck Truss. There was a discussion on the forum some time back about this unique style of bridge, and there is a category with just a few examples shown:

http://bridgehunter.com/category/tag/fishbelly-deck-truss/

I added this bridge to the category.

Soquel Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted January 22, 2011, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

This Pratt Deck truss railroad bridge has a curved bottom chord and I am interested in learning more about this feature from our resident historical engineers.

Soquel Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted October 31, 2010, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Here is a link to a picture of this bridge.

http://tinyurl.com/24s5ppc