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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-10-03

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The "502 Trails" History Tour

ON Sunday, 2 April 2017, the Friends of the 502 Group will be running a tour around the routes their Unit would have worked, after entering service in early 1940. The tour will commence 10am, at London Street, Southport and end again in Southport, around 5.30pm, at side of Southport Station. The group plan to again use an audio enabled vehicle from Don Fraser Coaches for this tour. 

"Our preserved Electric Train (known as Class 502) worked for over 40 years between Southport to Liverpool to Ormskirk, until retired in early 1980's. 40 years ago, on 30 April 1977, Liverpool Exchange Station closed and the Electric Services were diverted to Liverpool Central, on 3 May 1977, as part of the new Loop and Link Underground, in Liverpool. This trip is a joint commemoration of these changes with an added touch of Liverpool Overhead Railway 60 years after Closure, on 31 December 1956. On we take a tour by bus will be visiting appropriate sites of interest along the way, that will include the Liverpool Exchange area. We will also make a stop at the National Museums on Merseyside for lunch, to view their Liverpool Overhead Railway Coach. In the afternoon we will then go along Dock Road and onto Aintree and Ormskirk, finally visiting Burscough, to see 502 undergoing restoration, before returning direct to Southport. We would like to add that as all the organisers are voluntary bodies, our costs will only be covered by donations on the day." said a representative of the Friends of the 502 Group.

If you want more information about this trip, please call Tony Kuivala, on:- 07885 435542. Also for lots more information about the Friends of the 502 Group, why not visit:- Class502.Org.UK?


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