December 2023

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Robert Hampton on 24th December 2023 at 6:35 pm

Thanks to all of you for your support during 2023.

Class 502 coach M28347M stands at the rear of a train at a snow-covered Sandhills station. The train's destination indicator is blank, but the platform indicator suggests it is going to Kirkby.

Restoration update

Posted by Robert Hampton on 22nd December 2023 at 6:08 pm

As the year draws to a close, we are pleased to share some pictures of progress on the unit. We are in the process of repairing and replacing the final corroded offside bodyside sections of the trailer coach.

The corroded sections around the windows have been removed and new steel panels welded in their place. The door pockets have also suffered corrosion which will be tackled in a similar way.

Trailer coach showing bodywork stripped away ready for welding.

Trailer coach showing area adjacent to doors being prepared for welding.

All this is thanks to our extraordinary team of dedicated volunteers, and of course, thanks to the generous donations we receive. Please support us by donating whatever you can spare.

If you want to join the group as a fully fledged member, and have the option of receiving our regular newsletters, plus the opportunity of working on the unit itself, see our membership page.

Countdown to Christmas

Posted by Robert Hampton on 4th December 2023 at 8:22 pm

With just three weeks to go until the big day, a reminder that we have two great gift ideas in our shop for fans of the class 502 or Merseyside trains generally.

Our much-praised book Merseyrail: 50 Years of Progress 1971-2021 is now available for just £5+P&P, our lowest ever price.

Our 2024 calendar, featuring 12 images of the class 502s throughout their long career, is just £8+P&P.

Or order both together and save £2.50 on the price in our special combo deal!

Head over to our shop page now to place your order.

Order by 10pm on Thursday 14th December to guarantee Christmas delivery!