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.


Online shop returns!

It’s been a while, but our online shop is back and restocked with our new merchandise, showing the beautiful new illustration produced exclusively for us by Jonathan Clay. Mugs, mouse mats and framed prints are available now. We also have a page of railway books and DVDs to purchase via an Amazon affiliate link, with […]

Burscough Open Day 2019

It’s nearly that time again, when the Merseyside Transport Trust throws open the doors of their Burscough headquarters and allows the public in to see their collection of vehicles. This year’s open day takes place on 14th July from 10.30am to 4.00pm. Of course, the 502 Group will be there too, ready to show visitors […]

Ormskirk Paints

The Friends of the 502 Group would like to offer our thanks to Ormskirk Paints who have recently contributed £100 of materials towards the renovation of the unit. If you need paint or other DIY essentials, please do stop by at 95 Burscough Street, Ormskirk, L39 2EL.

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