• ProtoThrottle

ProtoThrottle

   

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The ProtoThrottle™ Realistic Control Stand Throttle mimics a standard EMD control stand including full detent throttle and reverser handles, a spring-loaded horn handle, a push-on/push-off bell button, and fully programmable front and rear headlights with a setting for ditch lights. In addition, the ProtoThrottle comes with a robust faceplate machined from aluminum, including prototype bezels, and anodized to give the look and feel of a real control stand.

"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


Features

  • Fully wireless throttle
  • Eight detent throttle handle
  • Reverser handle with centered position
  • Brake handle and 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 (with separate receiver specific to your DCC system)
  • Highly configurable to suit your operating style
  • Designed and built in the USA!
  • Multiple colors and handle options available
  • Securely store your throttle with the ProtoThrottle Pocket
  • EMD-style knob and handle upgrades available from Scotty's Model Shop



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.


Product Reviews and Instructional Videos

Frequently Asked Questions

Configuration Examples

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Setup Guides

Configuring Headlights for the ProtoThrottle

Setting up Auxiliary Lighting Functions on the ProtoThrottle

Decoding the ProtoThrottle Notch Settings

Choosing a ProtoThrottle Braking Mode

Recalibrating the ProtoThrottle Horn and Brake Handles

Specifications

Approximate Dimensions: 7.6"(L) x 3.2"(W) x 3.0"(H)

Approximate Weight: 15oz

Powered by 2x AA batteries (not included).

Documents

The complete gEDA design files are available on GitHub.

User Manual | Menu Map (Legal Size)

Previous User Manuals: v1.0 | v1.1

Schematic: Main | LCD Board

Firmware

v1.2.2 (Rev 4EC009) | Release Notes (4/17/2021)

v1.1.0 (Rev A73AE5) | Release Notes (10/21/2018)

  • $499.00


Don't forget to also order a receiver for your DCC system!


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News & Application Notes

New Red ProtoThrottle Faceplate!

Red-throttle-small Introducing the limited edition Red Faceplate ProtoThrottle! Available exclusively from Spring Creek Model Trains.  See it in person (and get your own!) at the St. Louis Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet this weekend or contact the store directly: 402-365-7628 customerservice@springcreekmodeltrains.com.

Updated ProtoThrottle Pricing

After absorbing about $30 (per throttle) in cost increases over the last couple years, and $20 more on the horizon, we have reluctantly made the decision to increase the price of the ProtoThrottle going forward. Starting August 1, 2022, the new pricing will be as follows:

Standard Grey/Blue Faceplate: $499
Black Faceplate: $519
All other colors: $549

The original prices will remain in place until then, including at the St. Louis Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet, so if you’ve been holding off getting one, now might be the perfect time!

New Blue ProtoThrottle Faceplate!

Blue-throttle-smallAvailable exclusively from Des Plaines Hobbies… ProtoThrottle with blue faceplates!  Also, check out their other deals at their 39th Anniversary Sale this weekend, Jun 24-26, 2022!

ProtoThrottle Update – Spring 2022

As we near the end of our current run of ProtoThrottles, we wanted to provide an update on the next batch (which, by the way, includes #1000!).  When the current stock of throttles in the ISE store is gone, that’s it until we get this next batch back in house, assembled, and tested.  See below for our best estimates when that will happen.  In the meantime, Spring Creek Model Trains and Des Plaines Hobbies may still have some in stock.

Check back here periodically for the latest updates.

Current Status

Final assembly & testing: Done!  We are back in stock with the grey and block faceplate throttles.  A few green ones will be coming later.

Updates

May 13, 2022: Back in stock!

April 8, 2022: Faceplates received.

March 25, 2022: Final faceplate machining started this week.  Will hopefully receive faceplates by mid-April.

March 8, 2022: Received 117 assembled boards.  The remaining boards are awaiting light switches.

February 17, 2022: Faceplates complete (ahead of schedule!) and sent back to the machinist for final engraving.

February 14, 2022: Faceplates delivered to the anodizer, expect to be done in 2 weeks.

 

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