A rotting train - which was once at the cutting edge of rail travel - is to be given a new lease of life by enthusiasts. The LMS-designed Class 502 Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) was the most advanced of its time when it started life in the forties on the suburban lines around Liverpool. Replacing the existing steam-hauled carriages, they had significant improvements - automatic sliding doors, higher speeds and increased frequency. This last remaining 502 was saved from the scrapyard in 1980, after running its final service on Merseyrail. In 2009, the Friends of the 502 group acquired it from the National Railway Museum when they found out there was no room to store it. The group said it was a 'shame to see it go to scrap' so they took it over and stored it at a site in Tebay, Cumbria. They now hope to restore it to 'almost original condition'. [From John McIntyre]
A historic train in Cumbria which shaped modern rail travel is set for a new lease of life.