With the winter stretching out ahead of us, most of us are probably spending more time indoors and consequently turning our attentions to our model railways, and perhaps to the Nelevator too.
In this newsletter we’ll be bringing you further updates as to the state of production and the keenly anticipated delivery dates, plus some more developments that we’ve been working on in parallel.
Following on from our discussion of the NellyCOM serial communications interface in the last newsletter, we have recently been using this communications port to develop a small prototype set of signal lights.
Seemingly a fancy little notion perhaps, this has actually proved very useful when operating the Nelevator; a quick glance at the signals instantly tells you if the Nelevator is stationary and if it’s safe to drive your trains in or out.
Examples of NellyCOM devices that we’ve already had working in the laboratory, and some of which we also hope to make available to purchase in the future, are:
- Nelevator to USB adaptor cable
- Nelevator to Bluetooth dongle
- Android Bluetooth remote control App
- Raspberry Pi control interface
- Signal lights
Full Production Underway
We have received over 160 orders for the Nelevator, with our first dating back to September 2015, and have shipped just over ten N gauge units so far.
We are extremely cognoscente of our bottleneck in production; desperately trying to juggle the day job running a product design business with building Nelevators! As such we are currently in the process of taking on an apprentice to try to help alleviate the work load and get back orders out as soon as possible.
To be fair to everyone we will be delivering them in the order they came in as we’re sure you can understand.
When will I get my Nelevator?
Rather than relying on couriers and expensive packaging solutions, and to ease with the UK delivery of orders, we’ve invested in a second-hand delivery van to ensure your Nelevator reaches you in perfect condition; and we’ll help install it too!
We are still aiming to produce the Nelevators in batches of 50 off with the following approximate timescales:
- Batch 1: November 2016 – January 2017
- Batch 2: January 2017 – March 2017
- Batch 3: March 2017 – May 2017
- Batch 4: June 2017 ->
Delivery of the first batch has been slower than we would have liked, pushing the second batch back a bit. However, we are hoping when our new apprentice starts to pick up speed and may be even claw back some lost time.
OO Production Units
While the OO design is finalised, and we’ve been demonstrating the short OO prototype unit at recent shows, we haven’t actually shipped any OO units yet.
The vast majority of components between the OO and N gauge units are identical, however there are a few key custom mouldings that are different. Being a small, self-funded start-up business we’ve had to wait to ship a few N gauge units in order to release much needed funds to pay for the new moulding tools for the OO units, which should be happening soon.
- Warley National Model Railway Exhibition: 26 – 27 November 2016, Birmingham
- Model Rail Scotland: 24 – 26 February 2017, Glasgow
- The London Festival of Railway Modelling: 25 – 26 March 2017, London
Thank you once again for your interest in the Nelevator and your continued patience if you’re waiting for delivery.
We look forward to bringing you further updates soon and perhaps meeting you at one of the shows.