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

Merry Christmas!

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

Rainhill MRC show, 29 November 2014

Our final outing this year will be at Rainhill Model Railway Club‘s Christmas Exhibition, to be held this Saturday at Rainhill Village Hall on Weaver Avenue. The show is open from 10am until 5pm. At our stand we will have our usual range of merchandise on sale and you will have the opportunity to chat […]

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 […]

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