Friends of the 502 Group

Preserved Class 502 at Birkenhead North, 1986

Picture courtesy of Richard Hargreaves

We're proud to be one of Skipton Building Society's Grassroots Giving Winners, recognised for supporting our local community


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

Friends of the 502 Group celebrate Grassroots Giving success

The Friends of the 502 Group have been successful in the Skipton Building Society Grassroots giving awards. The idea behind the Grassroots Giving campaign is to help community organisations, or groups, who only have access to limited funding from elsewhere. Having made it to the shortlist, members of the public were then asked to vote […]

Skipton Grassroots Giving – We need your support!

The Friends of the 502 Group have been shortlisted for the Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving programme. Skipton Building Society have a total fund of £81,000 to share between local groups and societies. If we win a share it will go a long way towards the train’s restoration. Please support us by visiting and […]

Merseyside Transport Trust Open Day 2015

12th July is the Merseyside Transport Trust open day, your annual opportunity to see the Trust’s collection of buses, as well as to look around the Class 502 unit. The Friends of the 502 Group are keen to show off our handiwork. Much progress has been made in the past year on replacing decaying bodywork […]

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