I have a 25-year-old MRC Tech 3 "Power Command" analog controller with Voltmeter, Ammeter, Rotary Speed Control, Direction, Brake, and Momentum switches, and fixed voltages for turnouts, trackside lighting, etc.
I used this controller many years ago for my big LGB train on a 150-foot dogbone layout running between my house and garage. It did the job with no strain!
After laboriously wading through the over-abundance of functions on my new MRC Prodigy 2 Advanced DCC controller, it was a breath of fresh air and a pleasure to go back to Analog control, even though my new Atlas O-Scale 2-Rail GP60 loco has full DCC and 16-bit sound on board.
I'm still able to get the sounds I want by manipulating the Direction switch with the required manual "touch".
Is this a testimony praising the Analog over the DCC control system?
I like those old heavy, one-piece MRC analog packs!
They have that big man-sized rheostat speed control knob that feels like you're really in control, instead of that wimpy little "fingertip" speed control and a dozen buttons that have no functional names.
I put my new 3-piece Prodigy II Advanced DCC back in its box, in case I need a backup sometime.