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NWP - Wingo Lift Bridge


Wingo Drawbridge

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in April 2013


BH Photo #252579



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.