A Rite of Passage: The Pug Conversion

Many narrow gauge modellers love to do a ‘Pug Conversion’. OO9 modellers modify the Dapol Pug kit to create a 4mm scale narrow gauge locomotive. O scale narrow gaugers often start with the Hornby Pug and use this as the basis for a 7mm scale narrow gauge loco. For some people a Pug Conversion is a rite of passage, they believe you aren’t really a narrow gauge modeller until you’ve done one.

Over two years ago I brought this second hand ‘pug’ body from a rumage box at an exhibition and recently I brought this brand new Bachmann Rheneas.

I removed the body from the loco. The mechanism is very narrow and compact, with what looks like a modern cordless motor, and there’s even a flywheel.

It’s a good starting point.

Should I combine the two to create a O9 loco?

Why not, I need a break from pushing around small pieces of clay…..


  1. Go for it! I’ve been pondering a conversion of my Rheneas for a while, but my parsimonious nature can’t justify chopping about a loco that cost over £100 (though I’ve been quite happy to chop up Jouef coaches that now go for £40 ish on ebay.)
    (ps – on a personal note, check out my blog on Joppy’s Model Railway Trials And Tribulations for my puny efforts).


    • Hi Ian Thanks for the encouragement. I have a feeling I wont be able to resist this! Yes taking a brand new chassis and cutting it about is rather nerve wracking but I’m going to take a deep breath and go for it…
      I enjoyed your website. I’m very inspired by the Wisbech and Upwell Tramway too. So many ideas but not enough time….


  2. No! 009 every time! And don’t be tempted to stick the face back on!! Hope you are OK. See you soon for lunch.



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