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transit times for railcars bound to East Coast destinations
plus links to rail cartracking info
You can get your railcar info from the Volt Advisor line after the car get loaded onto the rail system. You can then track your railcar using the CSX tracking instructions here. We've seen that the phone tracking status lags reality by a couple hours. The times reported are local to car location, meaning ET if in Detroit, PT in California, etc.
East coast rail transit times are about 4-5 days. West coast rail transit times are about 12 days. Texas is about 1 week. After it arrives at the destination railyard, it takes at least a day or two (possibly 4-5) to get unloaded and trucked to your dealer, then your dealer needs a day for PDI.
Below is the data on the first three railcars that we watched cross the country headed for east coast destinations. I kept track of the first three railcars that we knew of heading to the east coast, so we could get an initial idea of how things move. For those nervous owners-to-be that come behind us
* The Newark NJ CSX railyard is called "Doremus Avenue", which the CSX automated info line does a poor job of pronouncingCode:Railcar number ETTX 800301 ETTX 810251 ETTX 852457 Forum user(s) ChrisC/284 dankum/331 foypat/271 dep Hamtramck (truck) Dec 15th 4:51am Dec 17th arr New Boston MI (by truck) Dec 15th 8:51am Dec 17th 4:00pm dep New Boston MI railyard Dec 17th 7:07am arr Walbridge OH railyard Dec 17th 11:08am Dec 18th 2:17pm dep Walbridge OH railyard Dec 18th 8:40am Dec 20th 12:36pm Dec 20th 5:04am (?) via Cumberland MD railyard via Collinwood OH railyard via Selkirk NY railyard Dec 19th 6:55am arr Jessup MD Dec 22nd AM arr Newark* NJ Dec 20th 2:20pm arr Newark* NJ Dec 19th later railcar empty Dec 21st midday railcar empty Dec 21st 10:00am on truck ultimate destination No. VA dealer NJ dealer NJ dealer
* If you hear "IHB" on the CSX status line, here's more about that.
Last edited by ChrisC; 01-03-2011 at 09:53 PM.
2011 Volt #284, ordered 30-Jul-2010, built 30-Nov-2010, shipped 15-Dec-2010, delivery 22-Dec-2010, www.FirstVoltInGeorgia.com
- The FAQ -- answers to your Frequently Asked Questions about the Volt
- how to track your Volt order, meaning of status codes, railcar tracking
- do not miss these other great sites: CarStations.com and recargo.com for charger mapping and VoltStats for performance tracking and comparison
I read in the paper this morning that my dealer in Seaside, CA, (near Monterey) took delivery of 2 Volts, VIN # 003 and 004. They were apparently pre-sold to "Silicon Valley executives" who had connections at GM. Good news that Volts have made it to my town. I'm expcting mine right after the first of the year. I'm next on his list.
Actually it is remarkable that they can keep such good track of all those railcars. A couple hour lag is really pretty good in the whole big picture of knowing where your car is. Once it gets to the railyard listen untill you hear the magic words empty. That will be the signal that you are availble to the trucking company for dispatch. Larry
Edit..oooops i missed your question but Lisa pointed it out
You can get a location along the way if it happens to get scanned as it moves thru a rail station. Or if it is placed on a side track for any reason. There are many different status posts on CSX that can be related to specific movements of the railcar. More than likely you will at the very least be constructively placed on a stageing track near the final terminal.
Last edited by Chevyconnects; 12-18-2010 at 12:06 PM.
You guys gotta get a grip.
Remember camarotracking.com, chevroletconnects.com, and gmconnects.com ARE NOT GENERAL MOTORS WEBSITES!
Having consumers tracking their cars on carrier trucks and railcars via a 3rd party web-site isnt something GM generally expects or plans for. Those codes you guys have become so well versed in are generally reserved for GM zone distribution specialists within the company (and dealership sales people) for locating product enroute for a variety of reasons. (why would you even think a a Volt Advisor would have that information?)
Generally once a vehicle is ordered the consumer would typically rely on the dealer to provide information as to when it is expected to be delivered. They certainly arent expecting consumers to be calling the dealer or VA with 3rd party tracking data asking WTF?
This is supposed to be the FUN part! i.e. watching your Volt make it's trek across the country, NOT something to complain and gripe about.
Certainly these shipping processes are generally not scrutinized to ths level and IS NOT considered as being a formal aspect of the "vehicle delivery" process -that commences AFTER the car gets to the dealership.
There's no "GM executives dissatisfied with how its going" as its all happening "normally" and going according to plan to this point.
Let's all breath and and take a "reality check"
Last edited by WopOnTour; 12-18-2010 at 01:00 PM.