"That’s one impressive piece of hardware." – Tony Koester
"I'm having more fun with trains now than I have in years." – Pete Mulvany
"Overall, this is truly a game changer for me... that’s an investment worth making." – James McNab
"...the only description I can think of is WOW!!!! What a cool addition to any layout, it was so easy to use and realistic to operate you guys have hit a real home-run here." – Lionel Strang
The ProtoThrottle is being developed in tandem with Scott Thornton of Designgrid LLC. Scott is responsible for the throttle’s aesthetics, faceplate mechanical production, and marketing.
- Fully wireless throttle
- Eight detent throttle handle
- Reverser handle with centered position
- Brake handle
- Spring-loaded horn handle
- Push-on/push-off bell button
- Front and rear headlight knobs with dim and ditch light settings
- Auxiliary buttons that can be assigned to any DCC function
- Works with any standard DCC decoder
- Interfaces to any* DCC system
- Highly configurable to suit your operating style
- NEW! Securely store your throttle with the ProtoThrottle Pocket
- Laser cut holder also available from Precision Design Company
*Note: Requires purchase of a separate receiver specific to your DCC system.
Due to regulatory requirements, the ProtoThrottle can only be shipped to the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Orders placed with a shipping address to any other country will be cancelled and refunded.
Another excellent review by Shane Mason:
Watch the ProtoThrottle in action on professional locomotive engineer Tim Garland’s Seaboard Central...
Watch the ProtoThrottle in action during an operating session on Thomas Klimoski's Georgia Northeastern Model Railroad...
Two short videos produced by Joe Atkinson explaining how the ProtoThrottle has made his layout operations more realistic...
Approximate Dimensions: 7.6"(L) x 3.2"(W) x 3.0"(H)
Powered by 2x AA batteries (not included).
The complete gEDA design files are available on GitHub.
Previous User Manuals: v1.0
- 15 in stock
News & Application Notes
Introducing the ProtoThrottle Pocket
Announcing the latest holder for your ProtoThrottle… the ProtoThrottle Pocket!
Store and protect your ProtoThrottle with the ProtoThrottle Pocket. Made from strong and durable black PETG plastic, this holder will cradle your throttle securely and out of the way when not in use, while still providing access to the controls if needed. Three mounting holes in the back make for easy attachment to a wall or the layout fascia. Click here to purchase.
Tsunami2 True Idle
The Tsunami2 True Idle feature can improve the operating realism of your locomotives when used with the ProtoThrottle. Take a look at this video below from SoundTraxx for more information.
With all of the hype around the new Proto Throttle we have had a lot of questions about our True Idle feature. In this video, our product expert explains the feature, shows examples of how it works, and explains how real locomotives operate in these scenarios.To accurately simulate how a real locomotive runs, original Tsunami2 decoders did not change the prime mover notch when going from speed step 0 to speed step 1. We found that it is a common customer perception that the prime mover should notch up when this happens. So in Tsunami2 software version 1.2 we added this in for you!CVs used in this video:CV 112: Enable the E-Stop Idle, Alarm Bell, HEP Generator and True-Idle Modes.
Posted by SoundTraxx on Friday, April 5, 2019
Readers Choice Winner!
We are pleased to announce that the ProtoThrottle is Model Railroader’s 2019 Readers Choice Award Winner for the “Most Innovative Model Railroad Product”! Thank you to all who voted!
ProtoThrottle in Action: March Train Shows
Spring Creek Model Trains will be at these shows in the month of March:
- Hostler’s Festival, Ogden Union Station, Ogden, UT. March 8-10
- Sioux City Cosmopolitan Club Train Show, Delta Hotel Center, South Sioux City, NE. March 9-10
- Boot Hill Train Show, Gray County Rec Center, Cimarron, KS. March 16-17
- Spring Creek Model Trains Freemo event at the store, Deshler, NE. March 23-24
- Greater Sioux Falls Model Railroad Show, Multi-Cultural Center, Sioux Falls, SD. March 23-24
Stop by to try out the ProtoThrottle and see all the wonderful products and service that Spring Creek offers!
Dead Rail Interface for the ProtoThrottle
We’ve been asked a few times if there would ever be a dead rail interface for the ProtoThrottle. While this is not something we would likely embark on ourselves (Nathan and I are both N-scale modelers), the open source nature of the design has allowed others to do so. Over the last few months, Martin Sant has been busy building a dead rail interface for the ProtoThrottle to run his G-scale trains. Check out the progress on Martin’s blog.
Decoding the ProtoThrottle Notch Settings
One of the key distinguishing characteristics of the ProtoThrottle Realistic Control Stand Throttle is its throttle handle with eight notches plus idle. With those characteristics detents, you can operate your locomotives like the prototype and have the prime mover sounds respond accordingly. Setting this up on the ProtoThrottle is simple and takes just a few minutes, with the help of the ProtoThrottle, to find where your particular DCC decoder transitions between notches. Those transitions can then be used to pick the optimal speed steps to assign to each notch.
We’re pleased to announce that we now have a holder for the ProtoThrottle that is easy to assemble and attach to your layout fascia. The holder is lightweight, strong and can be painted to complement your layout colors. It holds the throttle securely and at a comfortable angle for ease of use in a stationary position if desired.
The holder is available exclusively through Precision Design Company.
Scott Thornton Live!
For those who missed the live stream, you can still watch Scott Thornton talk all things ProtoThrottle with the AML (A Modeler’s Life) crew over on YouTube:
ProtoThrottle Configuration for the Scale Trains GE Dash 9-44CW
We now have available a Loksound configuration file, pre-configured for the just announced ScaleTrains.com GE Dash 9-44CW locomotive, which improves the experience when used with the ProtoThrottle™ Realistic Control Stand Throttle. This configuration mostly keeps intact the original function mappings, but adds ProtoThrottle specific functions for the lights and increased momentum settings. Uploading this configuration file to your locomotive will give you a quick starting point to get up and running with the ScaleTrains.com GE Dash 9-44CW and the ProtoThrottle.Read More...
We’re at Springfield!
We’re happy to partner with Scale Trains on their amazing new Dash 9-44CW models to bring you the most realistic control experience on one of the most realistic models available. Thanks to the folks at Scale Trains, we’ve had a demo locomotive for a few days to figure out how to make the new ESU LokSound v5 decoder in the unit operate well with the ProtoThrottle. If you’ve just bought a new Dash 9, stop by for all the tips and tricks to run the best with the most realistic throttle on the market, or see how well they run together on our demonstration layout.
Even if you’re not in the market for a Dash 9 or a throttle, if you want a good story when you stop by, ask Michael about his airline adventures yesterday. It’s guaranteed to make you glad you drove to Springfield.