Friends of the 502 Group

Preserved Class 502 at Birkenhead North, 1986

Picture courtesy of Richard Hargreaves


The Friends of the 502 Group was founded in November 2007, with the aim of restoring and preserving the last surviving LMS-designed Class 502 Electric Multiple Unit (EMU). This unit was one of a class of trains which provided sterling service to passengers, on the lines from Liverpool to Southport and Ormskirk, for nearly forty years.

Find out more about the history of this train, and the Merseyside rail network, at our history page.

If you want to support our work, we would be grateful for your donations. If you want to get even more ‘hands-on’, find out about becoming a member.

Our online shop has plenty of items to buy, with all proceeds going to group funds.

If you have any questions about us, please contact us.

Finally, if you'd like to know more about 3rd rail preservation, we have some links to other useful sites.

Latest News

EGM – 26th March 2015

The Committee of the Friends of the 502 Group would like to announce that an EGM will be held in Southport on Thursday 26th March. Current members have been sent full details, while prospective members are invited to send in a membership form and come along!

Rainhill Model Railway Show 2015

As you know, our stall visits railway and transport shows around the north west, offering people the chance to talk to group members about the latest progress and to buy merchandise. Our first outing of 2015 will be this weekend at the Rainhill Model Railway Show, at Rainhill Village Hall. For more information and directions […]

Merry Christmas!

Seasons greetings to all our members and supporters. We wish you all a very happy 2015.

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