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NWP - Haystack's Landing Bridge

Photos 

Petaluma River

Photo taken by Craig Philpott

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BH Photo #227883

Map 

Description 

Steel Warren through truss swing bridge with wood trestle approach on South end.

Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss bridge over Pataluma River on Railroad (SMART)
Location
Petaluma, Sonoma County, California
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement. Slight possibility that parts of historic bridge may be reused.
History
Built 1903; Replaced 2015; last train operated over Sept. 21, 2015
Builder
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- California Northern Railroad (CNFR)
- Northwestern Pacific Railroad (NWP)
- Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART)
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
Design
Warren through truss swing bridge.
Dimensions
Span length: 180.0 ft.
Total length: 180.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Also called
McNear Bridge
Haystack Landing Bridge (Old)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.22820, -122.61404   (decimal degrees)
38°13'42" N, 122°36'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/533781/4231205 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Petaluma River
Elevation
12 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 51344 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 21, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Petaluma River"
  • June 11, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • March 24, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added category "Pennsylvania Steel Co."
  • March 24, 2015: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • September 10, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • July 30, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added category "Northwestern Pacific Railroad"
  • June 8, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit"
  • March 18, 2012: Updated by Craig Philpott: added photos, refined design
  • February 21, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • February 19, 2012: Added by Nathan Holth

Sources 

Comments 

NWP - Haystack's Landing Bridge
Posted October 5, 2015, by John at SMART

As of October 2, 2015 the Haystack Landing Swing bridge has been removed from service, removed from the channel, and scrapped. The replacement Bascule bridge from Galveston is in place and operational. Limited rail service to resume October 10, 2015. New photo is the swing and bascule bridge in the lowered position on September 18, 2015 shortly before demo of the swing bridge started.

NWP - Haystack's Landing Bridge
Posted July 1, 2015, by John at SMART

Heads up: No takers were found for the swing bridge so removal and demolition scheduled for the last two weeks of September 2015. If anyone stops by to say goodbye please be safe.

NWP - Haystack's Landing Bridge
Posted April 8, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nathan,

I didn't read the fine print. In light of my experience, I think your statement is very accurate.

Regards,

Art S.

NWP - Haystack's Landing Bridge
Posted April 7, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It would be easier and cheaper to restore a rusted out and deteriorated truss than acquire one from a railroad. Note the requirement that the new owner assume all responsibility for removal of bridge within a window of time specified by the railroad. Also note requirement to pay scrap value of $25,000. Also, railroads usually have additional costs like you have to hire flaggers for the railroad, etc.

With the dramatic increase in replacement of active RR truss bridges, combined with how difficult RR companies make it to relocate and reuse said bridges, railroad truss bridges are rapidly becoming just as much at-risk for demolition as highway trusses.

NWP - Haystack's Landing Bridge
Posted April 7, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Rust free California bridge, for sale cheep! :^)

They should put it on Craigslist!

scheduled replacement of bridge
Posted April 6, 2015, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)
Haystack Landing Bridge DUPLICATE POSTING
Posted April 6, 2015, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

THIS IS A DUPLICATE POST OF ORIGINAL