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Nelevator

Postby michaelasc » Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:12 pm

Hi everyone
Just came across this new idea and was wondering what you think about it http://www.nelevation.com/

Looks like it can store 20 full size N Gauge trains or 12 OO Gauge
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Re: Nelevator

Postby dubbleojon » Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:40 pm

saw it in model rail this month, its a good idea, and one i could make use of but the price was over a grand if i remember rightly.

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Re: Nelevator

Postby flying scotsman123 » Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:59 pm

Nice idea but way too much money!
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Re: Nelevator

Postby Emettman » Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:21 pm

It could make a big difference to the traffic options for a large layout (cost of 20 N gauge trains?)
But it could also be a major work and space-saver at the end of a quite modest terminus.

Still seems a big hammer to bring to a storage/fiddle yard problem though.

And I'm not sure how easy it would be to get to a stalled engine behind the perspex.

I can't see me needing one, while a simpler train lift to avoid space-guzzling helixes or long inclines, now that might just appeal.
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Re: Nelevator

Postby Grahame » Thu Nov 26, 2015 9:14 am

flying scotsman123 wrote:Nice idea but way too much money!


Probably not if you factor in the cost of all the track, points, motors, switches, space and time to build an alternative traditional fiddle yard. Or was that an ironic comment Mr F Scotsman?
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Re: Nelevator

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:22 pm

Yes I saw it demonstrated at Tings - and it looked very good indeed. They were aiming for a price of £600 for the smallest version in kit form, which isn't actually that bad when compared against all the points and motors for a traditional fiddle yard. On their website they seem to have slightly missed that target price, but same ball-park. Also it seems an OO gauge version will be produced too...


By chance I just this minute got an email from them (I signed up at Tings) - and the headline is:
As we approach our first milestone in realising our goal to achieve 50 orders for the Nelevator before 18th December, it is with great excitement and some surprise that I can inform you that we already have 42 confirmed orders!

So hopefully they will become a reality 8)

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Re: Nelevator

Postby Undereaves » Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:30 am

Does this have to sit on top of the layout? It seems very imposing and certainly wouldn't fit on my attic layout!

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Re: Nelevator

Postby RFS » Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:26 am

Undereaves wrote:Does this have to sit on top of the layout? It seems very imposing and certainly wouldn't fit on my attic layout!


Does it need to rise to its full height to allow access to the bottom track?.
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Re: Nelevator

Postby Undereaves » Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:23 pm

I don't know, I was thinking that if the trains could come out at the top of the thing or middle then it wouldn't have to dominate so much and you wouldn't need lots of space above. Eg when undereaves ;)

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Re: Nelevator

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:02 pm

There is a 'Contact Us' page on their website where you could ask the question . . . :idea:
It looks like the standard unit has one entry/exit level half way up the unit so all tracks can align to it - but maybe the kit version could be built differently? At Tings their demo prototype had a second entry/exit track at a higher level (but presumably the lowest storage tracks could not rise up high enough to meet it?).

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Re: Nelevator

Postby georgehgv » Sat Feb 06, 2016 5:58 pm

Just for those interested Nelevator has around 100 orders for the N Gauge unit and is currently in production. It saves on space, track, points and decoders electrics etc so the price for this is very competitive, factor in you can admire your stock on dustproof display then it is very good value. My layout is prepared ready to accept the unit.
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Re: Nelevator

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:15 pm

Please keep us updated when you receive your unit - will be very interested to hear about your experience with it.

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Re: Nelevator

Postby fourtytwo » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:23 pm

Well just to inspire people to do there own thing who cannot afford the commercial version here is my own built over 2 years ago now (N gauge).
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Does the pain of N gauge steam ever end!

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Re: Nelevator

Postby michaelasc » Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:18 pm

fourtytwo wrote:Well just to inspire people to do there own thing who cannot afford the commercial version here is my own built over 2 years ago now (N gauge).



That looks great
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Re: Nelevator

Postby fourtytwo » Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:25 pm

michaelasc wrote:That looks great

Thank you kind sir :) It replaced a double loop system each of five loops (10 roads in all) that occupied a space about 6' x 6' and required two levels whereas this is about 6' x 1' on a single level. I am still learning to use it operationally as it has a few quirks like being tempted to always use the same train pairs clockwise and anti-clockwise for convenience.

It is now full, at the time I took the photo I didn't entirely trust it with all my stock :) Even the wife is impressed when it whirs into action though she has a nasty habit of leaning on the counterbalance (this makes the motors angry (queue loud wining)) :lol:
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