Official Photos taken by Jack Boskett of the Long Rock Open Day in Penzance by Great Western Railway.

Steam, diesel and electric on show at Long Rock open day

An open day at Long Rock depot, Penzance, was attended by several thousand visitors, who witnessed a wide array of motive power celebrating Cornwall’s railways.

Proceeds from the event – held on April 13 and organised by GWR – will be donated to the RNLI Penlee lifeboat station, in nearby Newlyn. 

The lifeboat theme was at the forefront, with GWR naming one end of Class 802 IET No. 802008 RNLB Solomon Brown, in commemoration of the crew of the Penlee lifeboat who lost their lives on December 19, 1981 following a distress call from the cargo ship MV Union Star, which was on its maiden voyage. 

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An immaculate No. 47306 The Sapper at the head of several of the exhibits. DARREN FORD
Class 47 No. 47602 is displayed on jacks – it is usually found on the ‘Night Riviera’. DARREN FORD
Crowds queue for cab access to GB’s Class 66 No. 66714. JACK BOSKETT

Both vessels were lost at sea along with all eight crew of the lifeboat and eight crew and passengers from MV Union Star.

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Sam Hewitt