PRESS RELEASE – Open day at Burscough Sunday 16th February 2014

Posted by Robert Hampton on 6th February 2014 at 7:42 pm

Following our successful move to Burscough we have recently commenced some work to investigate the most appropriate methods of proceeding with restoration. As it is nearly six months since the last public access now is an appropriate time to invite viewing of recent developements and our current activities. Image shows arrival at Burscough on 03rd March 2012.

Photo of Class 502 vehicle 28361 on the back of a low loader

On Sunday 16th February we will be open from 1100 to 1600. Members of our Group will be on hand to greet visitors and facilitate access and discussion.

Our intention is to restore the unit to working condition and have it available for public operational use. This will be a ten year programme. As the bodywork has suffered weather effects since 1998 our initial objectives were to stabilise the deterioration and then look at a rolling programme to restore the body shell and interior. The former has been achieved and the latter is under way.

We are based at Merseyside Transport Trust’s premises on Guys Industrial Estate at
Osprey Close, Burscough, L40 8TG. Access is off A59 via B5242 then turn right after 200m at roundabout, Osprey Place is second on left. Your destination is the large warehouse building which is accessed under the awning to your left. You will receive a warm welcome. Hot drinks will be on hand.

NOTES FOR EDITORS.

These Electric Units were designed and built at the Derby Works of London Midland and Scottish Railway in late 1930’s for the intensive commuter services from Liverpool to Southport, Crossens and Ormskirk. Our unit entered service in 1940 and ran until withdrawn in 1978 when it became part of the National Collection under the control of National railway Museum. In early 1980’s supporters at Steamport in Southport renovated and repainted into original maroon livery for various Special Trips, seen here at Formby in 1986.

Class 502 at Formby

After Steamport moved to Preston to become Ribble Steam Railway in 1998 the unit returned to National Railway Museum’s custody where it languished in open exposed to the elements until 2009 when we were allowed to take control. In late 2011 the ownership was transferred to our Group following which we have moved into protected undercover accommodation in Burscough within the premises of Merseyside Transport Trust with whom we work closely. www.mttrust.co.uk

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