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PGR - Aptos Creek Bridge


Aptos Creek RR Bridge

Photo taken by Craig Philpott


BH Photo #179380

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Deck plate girder bridge crossing Aptos Creek and Soquel Drive on Progressive Rail Inc
Santa Cruz County, California
Open to traffic
- Iowa Pacific Holdings
- Progressive Rail Inc (PGR)
- Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway (SC&MB)
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Railroad bridge which is a combination of deck plate girder and pony plate girder sections.
Length of largest span: 68.9 ft.
Total length: 74.2 ft.
Also called
PGR - Soquel Drive Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.97496, -121.90617   (decimal degrees)
36°58'30" N, 121°54'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/597358/4092653 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
CA 36C-77 (California bridge number)
BH 46326 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2014: Updated by Alex Lewis: Revised Railroad Name--line operated by Iowa Pacific subsidiary SC&MB.
  • December 7, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Merged NBI data.
  • September 25, 2010: Added by Craig Philpott


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Alex Lewis


Aptos Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted January 24, 2011, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Kelly, you make a very good point, this bridge is "semi-active" and would need to be used if any rolling stock is moved into the area. I suspect the Capitola bridge you refer to this this one. http://bridgehunter.com/ca/santa-cruz/bh46748/

Aptos Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted January 24, 2011, by Kelly McClanahan (KMCCLA [at] aol [dot] com)

Keep in mind this is still an semi-active rail line. It was owned by the UP, but was just sold to the Santa Cruz County. The line will operated by Sierra Northern Railroad. Although I do not live in the area, I have been there (my grandmother lived in Watsonville). There is also a great bridge at Capitola.