Progress pictures – November 2018

Posted by Robert Hampton on 20th November 2018 at 8:52 pm

Some brief progress pictures to share with you, these pictures were taken at Burscough on Sunday as we were preparing for our AGM.

The pictures show the new cab of 29896 taking shape rapidly, the badly corroded metal having been stripped out and new panels welded in place. Compare to the photo of 29896 at Tebay back in 2010 and I’m sure you’ll agree there is a huge difference.

Photo of cab of class 502 vehicle 29896, with scaffold in front

We have also started installing new flooring in the passenger saloon of 29896, the seats and other fixtures have been stripped out, and the new metal floor panels has been fixed in place and given a coat of paint to guard against corrosion.

Photo of interior of vehicle 29896, stripped out but with freshly installed metal flooring

If you are interested in helping out with the unit’s restoration, please do get in touch.


  1. Comment by William Chivers
    8th December 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Dear All (of the Class 502 Restoration Group)

    I must say you lot do such a cleverly successful job at preserving the last surviving example of the Class 502 DMU for future Generations.

    Furthermore, when you lot finally reach Completion of this Unit’s Restoration … Do you lot plan to take it to some Heritage Railways across the UK for a bit of a run?

    Also, what sort of livery shall it be painted in ?
    Only Asked !

    Anyway, Hope to here from you lot soon !
    Yours Sincerely (and Thankfully)
    William Chivers

    PS. Compliments to the Festive Season of Goodwill

  2. Comment by Jeff Cahn
    29th January 2019 at 2:47 am

    The Class 502 was always resplendent when painted green and no doubt will be again!!

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