There are a number of reasons I really like this controller:
- It's the controller I remember using with my first train set.
- It's reassuringly well built. You could probably kill someone if you hit them with it!
- It's a centre off controller
- It uses a continuous speed dial
- It isn't a PWM based controller
- The illustration on the box is exceedingly dated!
The problem is that PWM based controllers are cheap to build (I did experiment with using my Arduino to controller the locomotive which should give you an idea on cost) and so they dominate the market. The problem is that they tend to make the motors in modern models buzz loudly as they essentially turn it on and off rapidly. It is possible to tune the PWM frequency to reduce the noise but in doing so you lose some of the benefits (low speed control seems to suffers quite badly).
The Flyer, however, is based around a large rheostat that gets satisfyingly hot in use as it dumps a lot of the current as heat. The downside is that you wouldn't want to leave it plugged in unattended... just in case. Also it is quite large in comparison to more modern controllers. Of course, it's my layout and