Illustration of Class 502 showing ORMSKIRK on destination

Illustration by Jonathan Clay

2024 calendars now available! 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.


Rainhill Christmas Show 2023

Some people may think its too early to mention the dreaded C-word, but — like it or not — Christmas is just around the corner. The perfect curtain-raiser for the festive season is the Rainhill Christmas Model Railway Show. Organised every year by Rainhill Model Railway Club, this year’s show takes place this Saturday, 25th […]

The 5:08 Sunset

We will be aboard tomorrow’s Class 508 farewell tour, The 5:08 Sunset, organised by the Branch Line Society in conjunction with Merseyrail. The tour is completely sold out, but timings are available on the Branch Line Society website for those of you who wish to follow the tour around the network tomorrow. For those of […]

Wirral Transport Show

Our trade stand will be out again, at this Sunday’s Wirral Transport Show. It’s the perfect opportunity to chat to our 502 group representatives and pick up your 2024 Class 502 Calendar, or your copy of Merseyrail: 50 Years of Progress, if you haven’t already bought one from our shop. With the Birkenhead tramway and […]

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