Review published: 14 January 2012
Latest update: 27 April 2015
Article Number: 35002
Product Description: Analogue Throttle 5A
MSRP (2010): € 119,99 / (2015): € 144,99
In addition to the digital set released by in 2010, PIKO also introduced an analogue throttle with a maximum output current of 5 Amps. The analogue speed controller needs a power supply to go with it, which PIKO also offers with article number 35000. A 5 Amp transformer from LGB (Art.No. 50110) will also work with this speed controller, as that’s the one I used 🙂
Let’s get unboxing, shall we?
A sturdy foam box insert protects the unit.
It’s just a speed controller (DE: ‘Fahrregler‘) so looks don’t matter that much, but still, PIKO designed a very nice unit.
The speed controller knob and the buttons are protected by a plastic cover which hinges at the back.
The control knob feels very solid.
The top panel features a red button, two LEDs and a green button.
Let’s see what those buttons do… The red button is an ‘Emergency stop’ button. To end the emergency situation, you have to turn the control knob to the center and press the red button again. Next to the stop button is the status LED; blinking red = emergency stop, green = running and solid red means the unit is overheated. The other LED on the top panel is a voltage indicator which lights up when more power is used.
The photo below shows the connections on the backside of the unit, which are protected by another hinged cover.
The push terminals allow for quick connections to the track output (blue/red) and a power supply input (black/white). The center terminal allows the use of a wired ‘Navigator’ or an RC receiver for wireless operation.
Connect the power supply, add the connections to the track, and you’re all set.
Connecting the ‘Navigator’ hand-held controller:
As I mentioned above, this unit also works with the optional PIKO ‘Navigator’ handheld controller. The Navigator can be used in wired operation, but with the addition of a Radio Receiver it can be operated wirelessly. This way, you can control your trains from a distance.
Connect the flat cable to the center terminal.
Open the radio receiver, and insert the flat cable in the correct port.
Turn the Navigator on, and it should automatically run in analogue mode.
You should now be able to control your locomotive using the speed control knob on the Navigator. Only the control knob and ‘Stop’ buttons work in analogue mode, all other don’t (only when used in a digital system).
The first part of the video shows the analogue throttle itself, with a demonstration of the ’emergency stop’ feature. The second part shows the locomotive being controlled by the Navigator, with an emergency stop again. The final part shows how the analogue throttle and Navigator work together.
The analogue speed controller from PIKO is an easy to operate system, which offers up to 5 Amps of track current which should be enough for a midsized railway. The system is well designed, and feels solid. Using the Navigator for wireless operation is a great feature, which is a feature not offered by many other systems. If you wish to ‘upgrade’ from an analogue to a DCC digital system later on, you can still use the same Navigator for that digital system as well.