ProtoThrottle Receiver for ESU CabControl, JMRI WiFi Throttle, and Digitrax LNWI

   

ESU-BRIDGE

This receiver connects the ProtoThrottle to an ESU CabControl system,  JMRI WiFi Throttle (a.k.a. WiThrottle or Engine Driver), or Digitrax LNWI.  It receives the wireless signal(s) from multiple ProtoThrottles and communicates them directly to the command station over a WiFi network.


Specifications

5"(L) x 2"(W)

Documents

The complete design files for the ESU-BRIDGE and CKT-XBEE are available on GitHub.

User Manual

XBee Board Schematic

Bracket STL file on Thingiverse

Firmware

Rev A609DD | Release Notes (09/25/2018)

Rev A6D94C | Release Notes (07/08/2018)

Rev A96E7C | Release Notes (06/30/2018)

Update Instructions

  • $99.00

  • 8 in stock



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News & Application Notes

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.

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:

We’re at Springfield!

If you’re at the Amherst Railway Society’s show in Springfield, MA, this weekend, be sure to stop by and see us at the Spring Creek Model Trains booth.

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.

Fast Clocks and the ProtoThrottle

Have you noticed the –:– display on the main screen of the ProtoThrottle and were wondering what that was? Or, are you one of the lucky ones, and actually see a time displayed on the second line? Those characters on the display are for displaying a fast time from one of several fast clock sources. The ProtoThrottle simply acts as a repeater display for the time, from whatever source.

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What Are All Those Blinky Lights?

You may have noticed all those blinky lights on the ProtoThrottle and its receivers. Yes, Nathan and I are fans of LEDs on the stuff we build. There is a small coolness factor, but more importantly, for products going out into the wild, beyond our loving care (and our ability to see and touch them), these lights convey important information that helps the user – and us – debug problems when they arise. Below is a guide to what all those lights do and what they mean. To use and enjoy the ProtoThrottle, you certainly aren’t expected to know and remember all the information below. But things do sometimes go wrong, and we wanted to provide a reference guide to help in figuring out what happened. This should also help you understand why one of our first questions, when someone contacts us with a problem, usually involves us asking about those pesky little blinking LEDs…

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