FRIENDS OF THE 502 GROUP

Preserved Class 502 at Birkenhead North, 1986

Picture courtesy of Richard Hargreaves

We're proud to be one of Skipton Building Society's Grassroots Giving Winners, recognised for supporting our local community

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

Electric Railway Museum open day

Many of our readers will be aware of our sister unit, the Wirral Class 503 EMU, part of the SERA fleet, which has been housed at the Electric Railway Museum (formerly Coventry Railway Centre) for many years. Unfortunately, as we reported back in July, the museum site is to be closed and cleared. The collection […]

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 […]

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