Introduction: What Is The Throttle Tool
The JMRI Throttle Tool is just one of the many digital railroading tools that are part of the JMRI Project. It has the ability to run a DCC decoder equipped locomotive around a layout using a computer keyboard and mouse for control instead of a hand-held throttle. This tool offers many of the same common features that can be found on most hand-held throttles, including the ability to control light and sound functions.
This user guide was intended to introduce those unfamiliar with the throttle tool. After reading through the sections identified below, and trying the throttle tool on your own, hopefully it will increase your enjoyment of the DCC model railroading hobby.
Updated version of the Throttle documentation
Please note that this documentation was updated, refer to links bellow:
- The Throttle menu in JMRI
- The Throttle Window itself
- The Throttle Window menus
- The Throttle Window toolbar
- The Throttle Window controls
- The Throttles List Window
- The Throttles
- The Media and Function label panels in DecoderPro
- How to build a Throttle oriented JMRI.
How To Use This Guide
This user guide was set up almost as a training guide. Each section link in the left column is organized like a book. If you are new to using the throttles, follow each section chapter in sequence and the text will walk you through the process step-by-step — including the opening up of a new throttle layout, customizing it, and then saving all your hard work.
If you have already found the throttle layout tools, but are looking for more information about them, then hopefully there is a section or two that can also be of help. The list of chapters and sections will always be available in the left column from any page while viewing this guide. There is also a couple of navigation buttons at the bottom of each page. These will take you to the next or previous chapters; or the the main table of contents page (see next paragraph).
In the list of links provided on the left, and located at the conclusion of each chapter page, there is a link identified as TOC or Table Of Contents. This link will take to a dedicated table of contents page. Some may find it easier to navigate using that page instead. However, the left column does contain all available links that the TOC page contains.
Important Note: Multiple
programmers are involved with the code development on this project. Some work
on the "front end" of the code (which is the interface that you see on your
computer screen), and others are working on the "back end" of the software for
each particular DCC system needs. Although the "front end" should remain
constant across all systems, there may be slight differences experienced on
your particular DCC system and computer in comparison to what is described and
shown in this user guide.
The examples and references shown in this guide are based on version 1.5.3 of the software, operating under Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional with a Digitrax system.
This user guide is also available for download in the popular Adobe Reader (PDF) format. You must have version 5.0 or better installed on your machine in order to view this document. If you don't have it, you can click on the icon shown here to go to Adobe's web site.
When/if you have the reader properly installed on your system, you can click here to download/view this user guide in PDF format.
Use these links to either advance to the next chapter for an introduction to the Throttle Tool, or to view the complete table of contents page.