FRIENDS OF THE 502 GROUP

Illustration of Class 502 showing ORMSKIRK on destination

Illustration by Jonathan Clay

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

Best of British Rail Show 2019

The Friends of the 502 Group will be taking part in the Best of British Rail event at Crewe Heritage Centre on Saturday 23rd March 2019. The event is being held in association with the Woodhead Railway Heritage Group. As well as our own stand, there will be other preservation groups, displays of British Rail […]

Progress pictures – November 2018

Some brief progress pictures to share with you, these pictures were taken at Burscough on Sunday as we were preparing for our AGM. The pictures show the new cab of 29896 taking shape rapidly, the badly corroded metal having been stripped out and new panels welded in place. Compare to the photo of 29896 at […]

502 in Railway Magazine

If you have picked up the October 2018 issue of The Railway Magazine, you may have spotted that our humble Class 502 is featured in a special four-page report, written by one of our members, Martyn Hilbert. A small taster of the article can be found online at www.railwaymagazine.co.uk/class-502-back-from-the-brink, but for the full story, with […]

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