"That’s one impressive piece of hardware." – Tony Koester
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
*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.
News & Application Notes
ProtoThrottle Update (May 26, 2018)
Just wanted to give a quick update on the ProtoThrottle… The face plates have been machined and anodized. They are currently awaiting one last machining step to engrave the lettering. The assembled circuit boards have also started to arrive and all the other pieces to make the throttles are ordered and (mostly) in hand. We’re still aiming to start shipping around the end of June in the order that pre-orders were received.
ProtoThrottle Pre-Orders Closing Soon!
After Monday, April 30, ProtoThrottle pre-orders – at the discounted price – will no longer be accepted while the initial manufacturing run is in progress. The throttle will again be available for purchase starting approximately late July. We have extended the pre-order deadline until April 30 to accommodate ProRail participants who will have a demo throttle available for review.
If you are considering purchasing a ProtoThrottle, don’t delay. The ProtoThrottle is the most realistic wireless diesel controller on the market. And from what our beta testers and reviewers are saying, the throttle truly does put you “in the cab”.
“That’s one impressive piece of hardware.” – Tony Koester
“I just can’t say enough good things about the work that ISE has done on this throttle. It’s been a huge game-changer for me.” – Joe Atkinson
“I highly recommend the ProtoThrottle to anyone who wants to experience what it’s like to be a real locomotive engineer.” – Tim Garland, NS engineer
“I can’t put this thing down. I have too much fun playing with it. It’s a really cool product.” – Shane Mason
Click here to place an order.
We are now taking advance registrations for the ProtoThrottle – the most realistic way to operate a model diesel locomotive.
The website contains a form that you can fill out to register which includes a discount on our first pre-orders. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.
You can also download the ProtoThrottle manual in addition to a bonus publication by professional railroad engineer, Tim Garland. Tim has provided an extensive outline on how to operate the ProtoThrottle just like the professionals.
Also, coming in late January or early February, Tim will be back with his good friend, Tom Klimoski, to show you how the ProtoThrottle operates on Tim’s Seaboard Central model railroad. Visit the ProtoThrottle site around that time to view the video.