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MTT open day 2023

Posted by Robert Hampton on 29th July 2023 at 12:00 pm

Reminder that tomorrow is the Merseyside Transport Trust’s annual open day at Burscough. Running from 10.30-16.30, the event promises the opportunity to view the MTT’s collection of vintage buses, as well as visiting vehicles from other preservation groups.

Of course, the Friends of the 502 Group will be there too, ready to welcome you aboard to inspect the restoration progress made over the past year. Our sales stand will also be available with the usual variety of souvenirs and second-hand items. Who knows, we may have something NEW on sale for the first time.

Merseyside Transport Trust poster for 2023 Open Day, Sunday 30th July 2023, 10:30 - 16:00

See all our latest restoration work
Free bus rides around the countryside
Static vehicle display with visiting vehicles
Sales stands and refreshments available
See the latest progress on the Class 502 EMU
Easy links with public transport at Ormskirk and Burscough

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MTT base is located off Tollgate Road, Burscough L40 8TG

The MTT base is located off Tollgate Road, Burscough, L40 8TG. If you are travelling by public transport, there will be bus connections operated by the MTT’s heritage buses, from Ormskirk bus station and Burscough Bridge railway station. First buses are at 1040 and then every 30 minutes after that.

Note that there is engineering work on the Merseyrail Ormskirk line which means the first train from Liverpool to Ormskirk is at 1047, arriving 1122, with rail replacement buses prior to that. To assist visitors who want to reach the event early, the MTT is running a special bus to the event, departing at 0945 from William Brown Street in Liverpool City Centre (outside the World Museum).

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Model Rail says “Present Your Case” for the 502

Posted by Robert Hampton on 21st April 2023 at 7:35 pm

Model Rail magazine runs a regular feature called Present Your Case, where they identify an item of rolling stock that has not yet appeared in model form, inviting comments on whether there is a compelling case for manufacturing it.

Their latest subject is very close to home, as they have chosen to feature the 502!

Visit Model Rail magazine on Twitter or Facebook to have your say.

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Train trucking

Posted by Robert Hampton on 15th March 2023 at 9:35 pm

We’re flashing back to March 2012, when the 502 was moved from its temporary home at Tebay to undercover storage at the MTT in Burscough, where it remains to this day.

This video, by one of our members, Paul Gorton, shows the process of moving the two coaches onto low loaders for the journey.

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Rainhill Model Railway Exhibition

Posted by Robert Hampton on 12th February 2023 at 8:06 pm

We will be dusting off our trade stand for 2023 and bringing it to Rainhill Model Railway Club’s exhibition on 4th and 5th March. Details in the attached image, or see

Hope to see some of you there; we will be available to chat and answer any questions about the 502.

Rainhill MRC presents Model Rail 2023. Rainhill Village Hall, Weaver Avenue (Behind shopping precinct, off Warrington Road, Rainhill L35 4LU). Saturday 4th March 10am-5pm. Sunday 5th March 10am-4.30pm
Admission: Adults £6.00, Child £4.00, Families (2+2) £16.00. Layouts and various traders. Free Vintage Bus between the show and the North West Museum of Road Transport in St Helens on Sunday only.

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A train through time

Posted by Robert Hampton on 4th February 2023 at 11:30 am

We are featured in the March 2023 issue of Railways Illustrated with a six page article on the 502. The article was compiled by Martyn Hilbert with assistance from ourselves, and features many stunning photos as well as a history of the unit from the 1940s to the present day.

Picture of Railways Illustrated magazine open to the article about the Class 502. Main picture shows an illustration of the unit in green livery with yellow warning panels, drawn by Jonathan Clay.

Many thanks to Martyn for putting the article together, and to Railways Illustrated for publishing it. Railways Illustrated is available at all good newsagents, or digitally via

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502 New Year

Posted by Robert Hampton on 31st January 2023 at 8:29 pm

A belated Happy New Year to all our friends and supporters! 2023 promises to be another exciting year for the unit as restoration work continues apace.

This video produced by the Group’s secretary, Paul Gorton, shows the progress made during 2022. It also includes some shots of the brand new Merseyrail class 777 trains, which promise to be as revolutionary as the 502s were back in 1940.

Separately, we are working on improvements to the website, including updated content, secure HTTPS connection and a mobile-friendly design for all of you viewing on phones and tablets. We hope to go live with the new look website in the Spring. In the meantime, we would love to hear your suggestions as to what you would like to see on the website. Please post them in the comments box below.

Finally, we have joined the social network Mastodon. If you have a Mastodon account, you can find us at Our Twitter and Facebook pages also continue.

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Merry Christmas!

Posted by Robert Hampton on 23rd December 2022 at 7:53 pm

A very Merry Christmas to all our supporters. Thanks for your continued support during 2022.

Photograph of class 502 unit M28366M at Sandhills station on a cold, snowy day. The platform is covered with a layer of snow and the train's buffers have snow and ice on them.

Wishing you a happy new year.

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Rainhill Christmas Model Railway Show

Posted by Robert Hampton on 25th November 2022 at 7:33 pm

There is one final outing for our sales stand this year, at the Rainhill MRC Christmas Model Railway Show tomorrow, 26 November 2022. A perfect chance to buy our book Merseyrail: 50 Years of Progress, if you haven’t already.

Flyer for the exhibition. Illustration of Santa riding a steam train with accompanying text:  Rainhill Model Railway Club presents A Christmas Model Railway Show. Rainhill Village Hall, Weaver Avenue. (Behind shopping precinct, off Warrington Road, Rainhill)  Saturday 26th November 2022 10am-5pm.  Admission: Adults £4, Children £5 - includes a visit and gift from Santa.  Layouts, Traders, Refreshments and Santa Claus.  Free Vintage Bus Between the show and the North West Museum of Road Transport in St Helens.

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Liverpool Model Railway Show 2022

Posted by Robert Hampton on 25th August 2022 at 7:00 pm

The next outing for the Friends of the 502 will be at the Liverpool Model Railway Society exhibition on the weekend of 3rd and 4th September 2022.

The exhibition will be at the Old Christ Church on Waterloo Road, Waterloo, Liverpool, L22 6RE. The venue is a short walk from Waterloo Merseyrail station and local bus routes.

The show will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 3rd September, and 10am to 4.30pm on Sunday 4th September.

More information is available on the LMRS website.

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MTT Open Day video

Posted by Robert Hampton on 4th August 2022 at 12:30 pm

For those of you unable to visit the MTT open day on Sunday, the video below gives a flavour of the event.

Thanks to our member Paul Gorton for creating and sharing this video.

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