Class 503 Restoration Project

Posted by Robert Hampton on 25th February 2013 at 1:08 pm

Photo of Class 503Fans of the Merseyside electrics may be interested to know that the Suburban Electric Railway Association in Coventry are planning a cosmetic restoration of their preserved Wirral Line Class 503 unit.

2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the introduction of the Class 503 units and the commencement of the electrified services on the Wirral Peninsula between Birkenhead and West Kirby and New Brighton. In order to mark this important event, SERA plan to launch the restoration of the last surviving Wirral EMU and have the vehicles returned to their former glory in a display condition in time for the unit’s 80th anniversary in 2018.

The 503s are often considered a “sister” class to the 502s, although they are of a different design. The 503s briefly worked alongside 502s in the late 1970s, when some Wirral units were temporarily transferred to the Northern Line.

For more information please see SERA’s web site.

(Photo courtesy of Paul Gorton)

1 Comment

  1. Comment by Alan Thompson
    25th March 2013 at 1:12 pm

    503s did indeed run on the northern line in the late 70s. When Liverpool Exchange closed in April 1977 the class 101 diesel service from Manchester which normally terminated there had to terminate at Kirkby instead as diesels could not enter the new tunnels. Extra units were needed to run from Kirkby to suppliment the 502 fleet. The 503s filled this requirement and performed very well.

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