Illustration of Class 502 showing ORMSKIRK on destination

Illustration by Jonathan Clay

New book in our web shop! "50 Years of Merseyrail" More info


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.


A Merseyrail Christmas from us to you
Christmas last order dates

If you’re in the UK, there’s still time to order our book Merseyrail: 50 Years of Progress in time for Christmas. The cut-off for orders is 10pm on Thursday 16th December. Any orders received by then will be sent out before the Royal Mail last posting date for Christmas. At just £7.80 including p&p, it’s […]

Product of the Month!

We are thrilled to announce that Railways Illustrated has named our book, Merseyrail: 50 Years of Progress, their “Product of the Month” in the December 2021 issue. “With a well selected range of historic and general photos included, as well as a wide selection of maps, posters and publicity material, it is clear that a […]

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