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.
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.
The Merseyside Transport Trust open day is this Sunday, 13th July, from 10am to 4pm, offering an opportunity to view the 502 up close and inspect the work we have done. Recently more work has taken place on the frame and bodyside panels of 29896, as shown in the picture below: If you are planning […]
…don’t panic though; we’re just cutting away some of the corroded bodywork ready to weld new metal in place! The pictures below, originally posted to our Facebook group by Graham Ryder, show the “before”, “during” and “after” as some of the rusty metal is cut away from 29896, revealing the frame underneath. Our examination has […]
Once again we will be working with the Merseyside Transport Trust at their open day at the MTT’s Burscough base. This year the event will take place on Sunday 13th July from 10am to 5pm. There will, once again, be an opportunity to see the 502 up close and inspect the ongoing work that our […]
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