Preserved Class 502 at Birkenhead North, 1986

Picture courtesy of Richard Hargreaves

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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.


Appeal for tools

We have reached the point of needing to acquire some new hand tools and tooling – particularly “Whitworth” spanners and sockets. Our Unit was designed and built in late 1930s using the established British Workshop equipment, well before the influx of American tooling during Second World War and subsequent movements into Metrication. Does anyone have […]

Save the Class 503

We were saddened to hear about the forthcoming closure of the Electric Railway Museum in Coventry. The museum announced in a Facebook post that they will close to the public after their final open day on 8th October. The museum has a variety of rolling stock, but of most interest to readers of this web […]

MTT Open Day 2017

UPDATED on 7 July with public transport information – see end of post. It’s almost that time again! On Sunday 9th July 2017 the Merseyside Transport Trust will be throwing open their doors to the public. Come and see us – the event is open from 10:30am to 4.30pm on 9th July, and admission is […]

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