Preserved Class 502 at Birkenhead North, 1986

Picture courtesy of Richard Hargreaves

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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.


Work starts on the 502 cab

Regular readers will know that the driving cabs of both 502 vehicles have been particularly badly affected by corrosion, and an almost total rebuild is needed. The good news is that we have reached the stage where work can begin. A couple of pictures from the weekend can be seen below (click on them to […]

Bus links to MTT open day

If you’re coming to see us at the Merseyside Transport Trust open day on Sunday 10th July by public transport, there are FREE shuttle bus services running from Ormskirk and Burscough. ORMSKIRK LINK from Ormskirk bus station First bus 1020, then every 30 minutes until 1620. BURSCOUGH LINK from Burscough Bridge railway station Buses at […]

Merseyside Transport Trust Open Day 2016

We’re looking forward to welcoming you all at the MTT’s annual open day, which this year takes place on Sunday 10th July 2016 between 10.30 and 4.30. Admission, as always, is free, but donations are always welcome. The MTT’s collection of historic buses will be on display, as well as visiting vehicles from other preservation […]

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