Owner Richard Rix first came up with the idea
for Trax Controls while working in his Norwich hi-fi repair shop
in the early 1990's.
He had always dreamed of running a mail-order
business, and having an interest in electronics and railway
modelling, decided to marry the two by running a part-time
business alongside the full-time one.
Having studied the ads in the model railway
press, he realised that there was a market for analogue model
train controllers. He had been building electronic projects as a
hobby since the early 1970's, so with this wealth of experience
behind him, he decided to test market a new product: it was the
FC-1 Feedback Controller (still available and selling well
The FC-1 sold well, and after the introduction
of more electronic units such as the SWM-1 Steam Whistle and
DHM-1 Diesel Horn, he decided it was time to take Trax to the
next level. The hi-fi repair shop was closed in 1993, and Trax
Controls subsequently became the full-time business we now
Business took something of a nosedive in 2008 following the economic downturn, so new ideas were explored and developed to keep things turning over. 2012 saw the diversification of Trax products to include the electronic music market, when the RetroWave R-1 Analogue Synthesizer was introduced to the world.