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Model Locomotives

Our controllers are used for model locomotive speed control by model engineers worldwide, both private and commercial. Our customers tell us that our products give really smooth operation and are simple to install. All our controllers have adjustable acceleration and deceleration ramps to give realistic locomotive speed control. The new Pro-160 / 360 have many new loco specific features and are some of the first controllers to include a display of voltage, current, power, temperatures, and even speed. Many of our older controllers still going strong after 30+ years.

The model of controller you need depends on the power / current rating of your motors, and also the sort of loads that you intend to pull, any gradients on your track, and how long you intend to run for.

As a general guide, the following controllers are suitable for model locos:

Pro-360 – for larger locos with motors up to 360 amps, these controllers provide serious pulling power.  With deadmans handle, emergency stop, top speed limit, regen braking, and coasting all easily adjustable, they have all the features you need to make your loco run just the way you want it.

Pro-160 – fast becoming the standard for mid-size + locos up to 5″ / 7” gauge. The Pro-160 does away with relays to give long term reliability, and is ideally suited to those locos that will be worked hard pulling 10 – 20 passengers for extended operating periods. With a 2 line display that can be mounted remotely the Pro-160 has features designed specifically for locomotive control, including a deadmans handle input, a slow / fast mode switch [allows new driver training], built in radio control input, and readouts of voltage, current, power, and temperature [motor temperature, speed, and RPM can also be monitored with external sensors].

DNO range – These are great for small / mid size locos up to 5″ gauge with motors up to 100 amps. These controllers require the minimum of set-up, but still have adjustable gain and ramp settings. Again, good for up to 10 passengers.

We have a list of all the locomotive sites and suppliers that we know about, please let us know if you’d like to be added to the list.

There are also some locomotive knowledgebase articles that address loco specific issues.

Here are just a few of the fantastic models that our customers have built.

From time to time we get asked if we can do special projects. Here’s a picture of a custom control box that we built.

custom control box