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I was talking to my dad, he is a logistics analyst for a large food corporation's cocoa division so he knows a thing or two about international shipping and the rail system here.

If GM set up the contract a certain way the benicita port of call might not be public information. I wouldn’t worry about not seeing that port of call on the web.

Here is the assignment. Each rail car in this country has a unique number. If we get a few of the rail car numbers when they hit the shore we can track where they are going. Obviously we can't track each rail car but we should be able to get a good idea of where each train is going.

Let's see if anyone one in CA or Tails gets any info.
 

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Well first of all I was totaly screwed up on where Benicia is located. Check This Out

So if you are in the bay area you can follow the Ship from the Golden gate bridge 35 miles up to Benicia. Okay back to finding rail cars.....

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Here's how you track the car once it hits the rails. I did this with my Firehawk. You have your dealer call the dealer information center and ask what the rail car number and rail system your GTO is on. This information is easy for them to look up with the order number. Then you go to that rail companies website and track the rail car.

You get the rail car number yourself if you want. I will try and get the dealer information center number and post it in the next couple of days. Here are the steps to do it on your own.

1) Go to your dealer and find out their dealer number. This is listed at the bottom of the monroney (sp) of any vehicle on their lot. I believe it's next to the order number and dealer address. Make sure the dealer name and address on the Monroney matches your dealer, incase the vehicle you look at was a dealer trade car.

2) Call the dealer information center and pretend that you are your salesman. Give them your salesman’s name and dealer code.

3) Tell them you need the Rail Company and rail car number for order number XYZ

They should give it to you with no problem. Then go to the rail companies website and there you have it.

When I was waiting for my Firehawk, the car sat in the rail/distribution center lot for two weeks. The web said "arrived destination awaiting unload approval" The morning it came up and said empty I called my dealer and he had it shipped over that day.

So having this information can add to the self-torture.
 

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Very Cool. I especially like the impersonating part. I am also getting to like this self-torture stuff..........

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Hot Damn!!! Somethng else to keep us glued to our computers. Mr CMNTMXR will have ;more to hoot at us for.
I'm waiting for some of you to hijack the friggin things. :D

I know Union Pacific can be tracked at one time on their website www.uprr.com but I have a feeling Burlington Northern will be the big carrier. They're www.bnsf.com
 

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-If they come into Tacoma, expect them to get shipped via BNSF
-If they come into Benicia (San Fran) expect them to get shipped vis UP
-If they come into L.A./Long Beach they can be shipped either carrier. Those going to point in the southern U.S. (such as Sewell) will probably go strictly BNSF. If they come north to say Chicago, they'll come BNSF or UP.

Those are my best guesses. Following their respective lines.
 

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No, another hobby of mine is trains. I also live on and used to ride everyday, the Geneva Subdivision of UP's Transcontinental line. UP, the largest rail company in the world is huge here in Chicago, the rail capital of the world with several yards including the Proviso and O-Hare. BNSF, the second largest rail company in the world also supplies Chicago and has their own yard(s) in Bridgeview and around Midway and comes in through the Aurora/Naperville corridor. Then all these (UP and BNSF) are all linked throughout the region so as to share trackage. UP uses some of BNSF's lines to go to points east of Chicago and BNSF uses UP lines to go up to Wisconsin and into Michigan. BNSF also had a huge auto terminal here in Naperville but recently it has been under construction and not been used, so I dunno if it ever will be again or if it's being turned into something else.

Anyway, each of these lines as they go west, end at those respective areas I originally mentioned which is why my guesses were for them to be shipped rail that way.
 

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Nice! I really love it when somebody has an interest, especially a bit unusual, that gives them pleasure and can try, in a nice way, to inform others of the fun they have. (ie not stuff things down your throat like so many radical crusader types do). We've been into cars, boats airplanes. Mr CMNTMXR likes trains too. Cool.
 

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ok,
So the last post......
Lets just pretend for a minute that they did not use the rail system, lets track every source of transportation including cargo air.....just in case!

What are we going to be when these cars get here?
My wife is sending me in for counseling soon.......

My dealer is enjoying the info I GIVE HIM!

I am enjoying the addiction I now have to the little Barbados Blue pills.........
 

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Haha.

I doubt they will ship them across country via truck. You can ship more the same distance and cheaper via rail. Once the trains get to the holding yards in certain regions across the U.S., they'll get trucked from there. From there, there are wayyyyyy to many trucking companies that are auto haulers. I know Cass (or Case, can never remember the name) as well as Ryder transport do a lot around here and always delivered to us.

So you better have the wife up the coverage on your health insurance. :D
 

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Here's how you track the car once it hits the rails. I did this with my Firehawk. You have your dealer call the dealer information center and ask what the rail car number and rail system your GTO is on. This information is easy for them to look up with the order number. Then you go to that rail companies website and track the rail car.

You get the rail car number yourself if you want. I will try and get the dealer information center number and post it in the next couple of days. Here are the steps to do it on your own.

1) Go to your dealer and find out their dealer number. This is listed at the bottom of the monroney (sp) of any vehicle on their lot. I believe it's next to the order number and dealer address. Make sure the dealer name and address on the Monroney matches your dealer, incase the vehicle you look at was a dealer trade car.

2) Call the dealer information center and pretend that you are your salesman. Give them your salesman�s name and dealer code.

3) Tell them you need the Rail Company and rail car number for order number XYZ

They should give it to you with no problem. Then go to the rail companies website and there you have it.

When I was waiting for my Firehawk, the car sat in the rail/distribution center lot for two weeks. The web said "arrived destination awaiting unload approval" The morning it came up and said empty I called my dealer and he had it shipped over that day.

So having this information can add to the self-torture.
The dealer information center number is: 888-414-6322
 
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