FRIENDS OF THE 502 GROUP

Illustration of Class 502 showing ORMSKIRK on destination

Illustration by Jonathan Clay

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

WELCOME

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.

LATEST NEWS

Product of the Month!

We are thrilled to announce that Railways Illustrated has named our book, Merseyrail: 50 Years of Progress, their “Product of the Month” in the December 2021 issue. “With a well selected range of historic and general photos included, as well as a wide selection of maps, posters and publicity material, it is clear that a […]

50 Years of Merseyrail at the Tramway & Light Railway Society

We are pleased to announce that 502 Group member and accomplished local author Martyn Hilbert will be presenting “Merseyrail: 50 Years of Progress” to the Tramway & Light Railway Society’s Merseyside branch on Monday 15th November. Martyn co-authored our Merseyrail 50 book as well as other recent works on Greater Manchester’s trains and the class […]

Presenting our new book, Merseyrail: 50 Years of Progress

We are proud to present our new book: Merseyrail: 50 Years of Progress, which is available to buy now. Commemorating fifty years since the “Merseyrail” brand name first appeared on the region’s rail network, this book comprises 48 pages of A4, containing many rare and unseen photographs spanning the network’s history. The 502s, 503s, 507s, […]

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