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

RailUK Forums votes for the 502

The administrators of RailUK Forums have proposed donating £500 to a preservation project, and the 502 Steel Appeal is one of the projects being considered! The final decision is up to the forums users. There are many deserving causes up for consideration. £500 would, of course, be really useful to us, so if you have […]

Southport Model Railway Show and Friends of the 502 Group AGM

The 41st annual exhibition of Southport Model Railway Society will take place on 8th/9th November 2014. There will be 23 layouts and a range of trade and society stands – including, of course, the Friends of the 502 Group. Admission is just £6 for adults, £3 for children. As usual our group’s AGM will be […]

Merseyside Model Railway Show 2014

The Friends of the 502 Group will have their stand at the Merseyside Model Railway Show, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday (1st/2nd November) at Mosslands School, Mosslands Drive, Wallasey, CH45 8PJ. There will be 19 model railway layouts and 13 traders attending. Admission is just £5 for adults and £4 for children. The […]

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