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    Hi all,
    as a lover of all things local, was dismayed to see the state of the so called "preserved" merseyrail trains - apparantly owned by the national railway museum. Was told of a group formed to preserve and restore the unit that used to run between southport-garston etc and promptly joined. According the website, they now have secure storage for the unit in which restoration can begin and i understand that transport has also been arranged. Unfortunately the NRM will not release the unit until it is insured! The group has had a quote which seems a lot but probably isnt! either way this, as it stands, is the only barrier between the unit staying outside rotting away, and being moved somewhere where people can restore her to her former glory. I have donated money and was appeal to anyone who has a local interest (whether trains or not like me!) to help the group out so that a piece of most of our childhoods is not lost forever and turned into razor blades and coke cans! Their website is www.class502.org.uk please help in whatever way you can!
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    Its good news that it look's like it will be saved. But one question, where will it go once its restored ? There was talk of turning hall dr depot into a museum for it but i belive that has fell through. Liverpool museum dont want to know, as well as the NRM. And being a electric unit it wont be much use to a preserved line,(unless they can sandwich a diesel loco between the cars).
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    does merseyrail still use birkenhead central shed? if they do not/do the 502 could be stabled in there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukeo25 View Post
    does merseyrail still use Birkenhead central shed? if they do not/do the 502 could be stabled in there
    I'm sure Merseyrail has space going vacant if they would but offer it.

    Isn't there still a disused track at New Brighton station? It wouldn't cost too too much to put a tent thingy over it and might even generate a bit of extra rail traffic if folks come to photograph it in its 1938 livery. I imagine it would be reasonably safe from vandals there with some simple burglar alarms and cameras - not expensive these days. Is there hope that it could be put back into working condition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by merseywail View Post
    Its good news that it look's like it will be saved. But one question, where will it go once its restored ? There was talk of turning hall dr depot into a museum for it but i belive that has fell through. Liverpool museum dont want to know, as well as the NRM. And being a electric unit it wont be much use to a preserved line,(unless they can sandwich a diesel loco between the cars).
    Whether it fell through or not I don't know, but Hall Road depot has been demolished now, so it is certainly no longer an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukeo25 View Post
    does merseyrail still use birkenhead central shed? if they do not/do the 502 could be stabled in there
    No, they don't, but it has been recommended by Network Rail that the shed could be reused for stabling units when we have a larger fleet - and the same applies for other stabling points across the network.

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