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NWP - Wingo Lift Bridge



Wingo Drawbridge

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in April 2013




This Scherzer rolling lift bridge was built across Sonoma Creek near the San Pablo Bay. (The slough is only a couple feet deep and dwindles rapidly upstreeam of the bridge, so I'm not sure why they bothered with a lift bridge.) This brigde is manually raised by pulling a chain. Nautical charts still list it as openable and hand chalked dates on the counterweight suggest it was opened as recently at 2007.


Pony/through plate girder bridge over Slough feeding San Pablo Bay on Northwestern Pacific Railroad (NWP)
Sonoma County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1920 by the Toledo Bridge & Crane Co
- Toledo Bridge & Crane Co. of Toledo, Ohio
- Northwestern Pacific Railroad (NWP)
Scherzer rolling lift bridge with a plate girder span. Due to its small size, it is raised and lowered manually by pulling a chain. The deck is planked so that it can be used by cars as well as trains.
Length of largest span: 62.0 ft.
Total length: 270.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.20971, -122.42794   (decimal degrees)
38°12'35" N, 122°25'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/550082/4229238 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sears Point
5 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 55124 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 23, 2013: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • April 17, 2013: Updated by Craig Philpott: added photos, updated description
  • January 4, 2013: Updated by Jann Mayer: Added categories "Northwestern Pacific Railroad", "One-lane traffic", "Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Co."



Wingo Lift Bridge
Posted April 21, 2013, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

@ Jann, it turns out that Millerick Rd is open and legal, past the Larsen family winery and down to a locked gate in the vineyards with a small parking lot. It is then a mile plus hike across to the bridge. I met one local at the time of my visit who had driven in from the West on the private entrance road. Yes, I have know of this bridge for several years and figured i would never find a way to approach the location. One of my current favorite unusual locations.

Wingo Lift Bridge
Posted April 19, 2013, by Jann Mayer (jannmayer [at] gmail [dot] com)

Great photos, Craig! How did you get to the bridge - I wasn't sure if any of those roads were open to the public?

Wingo Lift Bridge
Posted April 18, 2013, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This certainly is an interesting find Craig, Good Work!

Wingo Lift Bridge
Posted April 17, 2013, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

A fully manual operate lift bridge on active railroad.