Illustration of Class 502 showing ORMSKIRK on destination

Illustration by Jonathan Clay


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.


New promotional video

Here is our new promotional video, showcasing the history of these classic electric trains, and giving more information on the restoration efforts. Hope you enjoy!

2020 Virtual Open Day

Today, 12th July, would have been the annual Merseyside Transport Trust open day at Burscough. Unfortunately, with the country still under restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MTT had no choice but to cancel this year’s event. In lieu of a physical event, we thought we would share some images from previous open days […]

Visit from Joel D Hardy

We were pleased to welcome railway vlogger Joel D Hardy to Burscough on Sunday. His video of his visit is below. Thanks for stopping by, Joel! Please do check out the rest of Joel’s videos from the railways of Merseyside and beyond on YouTube channel.

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