February 2024 progress report

Posted by Robert Hampton on 15th February 2024 at 7:02 pm

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 be carried out.

The pictures below were taken on Saturday and show some of the progress made recently. New steel has been welded into place and replacement window glass fitted.

Thanks as always to the hardworking volunteers at Burscough. If you’d like to join in, become a member of the Friends of the 502 today! Thanks also to all those who have supported us financially.

Cab end of 502 trailer car, now painted in green undercoat.

Side of class 502 trailer coach showing new steel welded in place

Side of class 502 trailer coach, showing two volunteers working on it and a ladder propped on the side giving access to the roof.

Closer view of class 502 bodyside, showing new steel welded into place, but unpainted. Windows show marks where new glass has been installed recently.


  1. Comment by Michael Vyse
    19th February 2024 at 1:02 pm

    Great pictures, and great to see that the class 502 is slnot only still with us but also undercover. Is it a complete 3-car set?

  2. Comment by James Bateson
    19th February 2024 at 11:46 pm

    Absolutely love it. I live in Burscough and I’ve visited the MTT a few times now and bought a few things too (incl. the Merseyrail book made by the volunteers). I am extremely grateful that this amazing unit has survived and is being restored in my hometown! 🙂

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