Friends of the 502 Group

Preserved Class 502 at Birkenhead North, 1986

Picture courtesy of Richard Hargreaves

Bus tour commemorates Southport to Preston line closure. 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.

Latest News

Bus tour to commemorate 50th anniversary of West Lancashire Railway closure

On Sunday 7th September 1964 British Railways succeeded in their 5 year objective of closing the Line from Southport to Preston. Join us 50 years thereafter on Sunday 7th September 2014 as we take a tour by bus along the route of the original West Lancashire Railway from Southport to Preston commencing 1130 at London […]

MTT open day bus information

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 […]

502 gets cut up!

…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 […]

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