It’s been three months since you last heard from us in April, and we certainly haven’t been resting on our laurels in the interim, but we thought it was about time to give you an update on our progress with the Nelevator.
While things have taken longer to achieve than we would ideally have liked (as these things often do unfortunately), we are happy to say that the first few Nelevator units have now been shipped to customers and we are very close to achieving full production status; more to follow later in the e-mail.
Nelevator was first shown to the public last September in its prototype form at the International N-Gauge Show near Coventry. Since then we’ve come along way, with full production due to start imminently plus we now also have a full working prototype of the OO-Gauge version and are gearing up for its production also.
If you haven’t seen the Nelevator and want to see it in the flesh, here’s the list of shows that we intend to visit this forthcoming season:
- The International N-Gauge Show: 10 – 11 September 2016, Leamington Spa
- The National Festival of Railway Modelling: 15 – 16 October 2016, Peterborough
- 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
Full Production due in August
We have been assembling sub-assemblies for the Nelevator for a little while and indeed the first two units have now been shipped to customers using some pre-production parts.
We have amassed a large number of production parts in stock and have just received, programmed and tested the first batch of 50 electronic control circuits and remote control handsets.
The critical path for full production to commence is the end stacker plates, for which we are still awaiting the first batch of mouldings from the moulding house. These are expected to be arriving soon.
When will Shipping Commence?
So, as you can see we’ve remained very busy getting the Nelevator ready to ship as soon as possible, and in this respect we thank you very much for your continued patience.
The question on everyone’s mind is undoubtedly, when will it ship?
The current estimate for the production run to fully kick in to action is mid-August.
With over 130 orders in our order book however, we obviously won’t be able to satisfy all orders simultaneously. Once we have a few more Nelevators out of the door we should have a much better idea of how quick we can manufacture them and should then be able to give you a more accurate prediction of anticipated delivery date.
Additionally, to be fair to everyone we will be shipping units in the order we received the orders.
Thank you once again for your interest in the Nelevator and we look forward to bringing you more updates in the near future.
Alan Lowthian says
Have just watched the demo video and on first sight it looks impressive. If you are now shipping to customers it must be all tried and tested.
However I have a small 2 track N gauge layout on a 4′ x 2′ baseboard. The limited space I propose a fiddle yard In the Nelevator form would be at the back of the layout which is alongside a wall. The layout is DC so I can realistically only operate 1 train at a time – and a small one at that. So assuming a possible 5 made up trains ready to run out, can you give me a rough estimation of the cost of a suitable Nelevator please?
The smallest version of the N gauge Nelevator that we do is the 3 foot version (see our specifications page), which is currently £899 ready assembled, or £790 in kit form. All current prices are on our price list page.