Mar 19, 2021
Thank you Robert for answering this!! Excellent! Was a little concerned there for a moment!
Thanks I hadn't dove into the 'Preferences' far enough to see it. There is probably lots that I'm missing that Engine Driver can do though the preference menu.
The other throttle that I've thought about making (don't have the parts currently) is Jeff's throttle ( HERE ). Anyone have experience with it? Looks to be simpler to put together vs. Dave's ( HERE ) but not as versatile. I've also found this one ( HERE ). Any others out there you guys know about?
Richard (IronMan1963) on here has built one of Dave's throttles. Richard how about an overview of your experience with the throttle?
Was researching something else and saw this about a month ago or so. Think even adding a bigger knob it would be difficult to set anyone 126 steps but am a novice and only have used the Kato 22-014 and 22-018 packs, while nice, hard to get that granular control of the withrottle but it is definitely more fun, in some ways, to operate the analog packs or like Digitrax Zephr.
Another observation, while the few function buttons would work for non-sound DCC locos, would not want to use for sound locos like BLI Paragon 3. Actually, eg. tie in station departing sound, as part of session, when leaving station. Don't know how much that's worth, but something unsure to give-up or requiring multi-button depressions. In many ways liked Digitrax Zephr because of the manual throttle yet fairly good additional control buttons with display.
Think a hybrid approach, incorporating both mechanical and display, like the Zephr, is what would be great. A wireless equivalent, preferably with a little larger screen than the Zephr, (iPhone 8 size) on 1 side and a mechanical slider along bottom or a side, plus direction control, could be done in a package not much larger in 2D dimensions than a large screen phone? Personally prefer straight rather than rotary throttles. Think addition of the mechanical controls is what would add depthless but don't think too excessive. Way outside my fabrication abilities but one can dream right? .
Overall, Geoff's fun project and a great option. Like physical forward and reverse switches, as well as power too, which the project has. The one from italy is closer to what I'd want. Dave's would be cheap. Many of the parts came with the Elegoo Mega Ultimate kit (bought-pretty cool to play with) Maybe someday when caught up, LOL, would take another look.