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The depot seen from the west end
|Location||Penzance, United Kingdom|
|Owner(s)||Great Western Railway|
|Depot code(s)||PZ (1973-present)|
|Type||Diesel, HST, DMU|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|Former depot code(s)|
Penzance TMD, also known as Long Rock TMD, is a railway Traction Maintenance Depot situated in the village of Long Rock east of Penzance, Cornwall, England, and is the most westerly and southerly rail depot in the country. The depot operator is Great Western Railway. The depot code is PZ.
The depot is small, with six long sidings to store High Speed Trains and Voyagers, and four smaller sidings. If the longer sidings are all used up, trains are stored at Laira TMD, Plymouth, and then make their way to Penzance railway station in the morning. The depot also has a fuel lane, a single-tracked modern maintenance shed, and a small carriage washer. A few years ago, facilities at Penzance TMD were expanded to cater for the new fleet of Voyagers used by CrossCountry.
The main line and depot lie near the sea, with just Long Rock beach and the embankment that carries the South West Coast Path separating them, which means this depot and the main line sometimes have problems due to the sea.
The fuel storage tanks at the depot are located behind the maintenance shed and are replenished on a daily basis by road deliveries.
A four-road engine shed was built at Long Rock in 1914. As well as the engine shed there was a turntable built to fit all size locomotives which ran on the route. The depot had watering facilities and coal stored for the locomotives, as well as sidings around the depot. The turntable was removed in 1966 and two of the four shed roads were removed in 1968.
From 1958 Long Rock serviced diesel locomotives, which continued after steam traction had ended in 1962. The steam depot was closed in June 1976.
A new depot was constructed on the same site as the steam shed, designed for British Rail's fleet of new Intercity 125 fleet (now referred to as High Speed Trains or HSTs). The depot consisted of a 750 ft long maintenance shed, long enough to fit a full IC125 set, along with a fueling lane on the southern side of the shed. Six long sidings were built to the east of the maintenance shed for stabling IC125's when not in use, which also have overhead gantry lights. The mainline next to the depot was also singled at the same time. In total the new depot cost £1.5 million to build, and was ready for use in October 1977.
Capacity at the depot was increased in a project that started in 2017 to cater for additional rolling stock maintenance such as additional cars for the Night Riviera sleeper service. The work cost £20m. On 13 April 2019, after the work was completed, an open day was held at the depot in aid of Penlee Lifeboat station and the RNLI.
Allocated to the depot:
- Class 08 - 08645 'St. Piran' is the depot shunter.
- Class 57 and the Mark 3 coaches for the Night Riviera overnight service to London.
The following visit the depot but are based eleswhere:
- Class 150 and 158 Sprinters for local and branch services.
- Class 220 and 221 for CrossCountry services to Scotland and the Northwest.
- Class 255 trains for local services to Plymouth and Exeter St Davids.
- Class 802 diesel/electric bi-mode units for services to London Paddington.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Penzance Traction Maintenance Depot.|
- "The all-time guide to UK Shed and Depot Codes" (PDF). TheRailwayCentre.com. 5 May 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
- Vergnault, Oli (27 April 2017). "GWR set to improve sleeper train service to London with new £20m Penzance depot". Cornwall Live. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
- "GWR celebrates nearly 170 years of Cornwalls railway with Long Rock Depot Open Day". www.gwr.com. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
- Long Rock TMD Open Day Saturday 13th April 2019. Swindon: Great Western Railway. 2019.