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.


Important announcement: MTT Open Day

We pass along this announcement from the Merseyside Transport Trust: It is with regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the annual open day which was scheduled to be held on the 14th July. There were a number of contributory factors which have led to this difficult decision being taken at such a […]

February 2024 progress report

Work on the class 502 in Burscough is progressing nicely. Over the past few months, work has focused on the bodywork and windows on the trailer coach. With the co-operation of our friends at MTT, the buses have been shuffled around to allow access to the other side of the unit to allow welding to […]

Calendars reduced to clear!

We have very limited stocks of our 2024 calendar. The last few are available for just £6 including postage! If you still need a calendar for your wall, now is the perfect time to buy! Our combination deal, where you can order the calendar with our book Merseyrail: 50 Years of Progress, is also reduced. […]

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