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    • #240716
      Hugh Milward


        I am new to EM gauge. As a start I am looking to convert a simple RTR 0-4-0 to EM. Can anyone suggest a loco and what wheel sets do I need. Thank you.

      • #241034
        Dai Davies

          Hello Hugh, I have not converted a 4-W loco, but have done several others. I reckon your best bet is to go for the Pug, made by Dapol? Or the Hornby Peckett. Wheels, axles and other bits for the conversion are made by Alan Gibson, so I would hunt up their website or contact them directly. You need to speak to Colin.

        • #241035
          John Cutler

            I would not recommend a loco with outside cylinders as a first conversion project. To be fair, I have no experience of the Pug or the Peckett.

            I suggest a good easy and reliable conversion is of the Bachmann 57xx or 8750 pannier tanks (not the 64xx).
            These have a simple sprung centre axle which makes for good traction and pick-up.
            This chassis is good enough for many P4ers.
            Ultrascale sell a drop-in wheelset so you can avoid having to quarter the wheels.
            The downsides are that the leadtime for delivery is between 3-6 months, the tyres are nickel silver (not so good for traction if your rail is of the same material), and the wheels are slightly smaller than the Bachmann or AGs, meaning that the brake gear can foul the trackwork if your permanent way is as atrocious as mine!
            The Alan Gibson wheels have steel tyres and are cheaper but need crankpins fitting and quartering (I recommend the GW wheelpress for quartering).

            A good alternative is the Bachmann Jinty.
            Both Ultrascale and AG sell conversion sets.

            Do not try and convert the Hornby Terrier as a first project!

            My second easiest conversion is of the Hornby M7 with the AG wheel set.

            Good Luck!

          • #241037
            Dai Davies

              I think you are right on your choice of first conversion project, John. I must admit I thought it after I posted – but didn’t!????

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