• 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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Features

  • 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
  • Securely store your throttle with the ProtoThrottle Pocket

*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.


Product Reviews and Instructional Videos

Configuration Examples

Athearn GP40-2 with Tsunami2 decoder

ScaleTrains.com Dash 9-44CW with Loksound 5 decoder

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)

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

Schematic: Main | LCD Board

Firmware

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

v1.0.0 (Rev A4A983) | Release Notes (06/29/2018)

Update Instructions
  • $482.00

  • 11 in stock

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


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News & Application Notes

Using the ProtoThrottle with CVP EasyDCC

James McNab posted a nice write-up on his ProtoThrottle setup using CVP’s EasyDCC system.  See the post here.

On the Road: Lincoln, NE

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Spring Creek will be on the road throughout the year.  For the latest show schedule, please check the Spring Creek Model Trains calendar.

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