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 Friends of the 502 Group have been successful in the Skipton Building Society Grassroots giving awards. The idea behind the Grassroots Giving campaign is to help community organisations, or groups, who only have access to limited funding from elsewhere. Having made it to the shortlist, members of the public were then asked to vote […]
The Friends of the 502 Group have been shortlisted for the Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving programme. Skipton Building Society have a total fund of £81,000 to share between local groups and societies. If we win a share it will go a long way towards the train’s restoration. Please support us by visiting https://www.skiptongrg.co.uk/apply-for-funding/2015-shortlisted-groups/north-west/p-friends-of-502-group/ and […]
12th July is the Merseyside Transport Trust open day, your annual opportunity to see the Trust’s collection of buses, as well as to look around the Class 502 unit. The Friends of the 502 Group are keen to show off our handiwork. Much progress has been made in the past year on replacing decaying bodywork […]
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