Illustration of Class 502 showing ORMSKIRK on destination

Illustration by Jonathan Clay

New book in our web shop! "50 Years of Merseyrail" More info


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.


Upcoming events

We’re pleased to report that as COVID restrictions lift, our 2022 diary is beginning to fill up with shows which we will be attending with our sales stand. New for 2022 – we can now take card payments with Zettle, allowing for swift, safe transactions without the hassle of cash (although we will gladly take […]

Merseyrail goes global!

Our book, Merseyrail: 50 Years of Progress has proved a hit, not just on Merseyside but across the UK and around the world. We have received orders from America, Australia, Austria and Japan, showing that our region’s transport network has interest and admirers all over the globe. If you wish to order from overseas, please […]

A Merseyrail Christmas from us to you

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