throttle lever

noun
throttle ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1860–65

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The engineer drives the locomotive using the throttle lever, brakes, and
  reversing gear.
After planning your direction, forward or reverse, slowly press your thumb
  against the throttle lever for the direction selected.
The engine throttle control was tested by moving the throttle lever through its
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The throttle lever could become stuck leading to loss of speed control and
  possible collision.
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