Tracking your Camaro on the railroads
Here's a link to a spreadsheet with Rail Shipped VINs.
A fellow Camaro enthusiast who works for one of the railroads built this spreadsheet, and updates it once or twice a day.
You can find VINs and what railcar a particular car is in, where that railcar is and when it's scheduled to arrive at it's distribution center. It's really cool!
However, there are some holes.....
- If the car hasn't been shipped, it won't be on the list.
- If the car went by truck, it won't be on the list.
- If the VIN gets into the US (and transferred to a US company) before he has a chance to see what railcar it's in, it won't be on the list.
The red highlighted rows have already been off-loaded at the distribution center.
When the cars finally start moving, most of them will move by rail.
They will be transported to a railroad distribution center, where they will be offloaded and parked, and then be parked, awaiting over-the-road hauling.
These rail distribution centers are all over Canada and the US.
Here are the links of the railroads and their distribution centers:
CSX Transportation (formerly Conrail):
CPR (Canadian Pacific Railroad):
UP (Union Pacific):
NS (Norfolk & Southern):
CNR (Canadian National Railway):
KCS (Kansas City Southern Railway):
A&S (Alton & Southern; switching railroad company in St. Louis):
When your car is finally loaded onto a train car (called AutoRack), a railcar number will be assigned.
Your dealer can call the Dealer Business Center and get the actual railroad company and the railcar number.
The DBC can also provide the railyard that will receive your car.
Once you have those pieces of info, you will be able to track your car as it moves thru the country.
All of the railroads listed have a tracking system in place.
An online one for customers and a phone-in one for everybody else. The phone numbers are in the links provided. You can call them up, give them your railcar number, and they can tell you where your car is and what the ETA is.
Once the vehicle reaches the railyard, it will be unloaded and "bayed", awaiting over-the-road transport.
The phone numbers to the distribution centers are in those links as well.
AND, the over-the-road haulers that serve the particular distribution center you're looking at are listed as well. You can take the name of the hauler listed, Google them, and come up with a phone number if you desire.
There is lots more interesting info in those links as well. I encourage you to check them out!