Illustration of Class 502 showing ORMSKIRK on destination

Illustration by Jonathan Clay

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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.


MTT Open Day video

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.

MTT Open Day

We’re pleased to inform you that, after two years of cancellations due to COVID, the Merseyside Transport Trust will return with their open day on 31st July 2022. The MTT’s Burscough base will be open to the public, with bus rides, trade stands and – of course – the chance to climb aboard the 502 […]

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 […]

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