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    Bummer - Three weeks on train?

    Just received call from Del. Exp. Specialist who said Tesla recently switched to using train service to get cars from California to Tennessee via a hub in Birmingham. This is better for the car because it is enclosed but adds "about three weeks" to the transit time and also the car is not visible for tracking during that period. WTF? Is the train hub in Birmingham England??

    Oh well. Car is in production now and will arrive "late August". For those who are interested the order was place late June.
    Nashville - P85D on train (ordered 6/26) - Obsidian - Black Next Gens - Black Headliner - Pano - Premium - AP

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    I got similar information from my DS as well. 3 weeks to NJ, and then a few more days to get it to local.

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    Also, FWIW, my car was ordered 6/28, went into production earlier this week, but the website still has a delivery estimate of late july...

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    3 weeks if you're lucky! My car was 34 days on the train.
    P85D Midnight Silver/Gray Leather/Black Alcantara/Pano/Sound/Autopilot/Premium Interior/Subzero Delivery June 2015
    Why? Because like the great Warren Miller always said: “If you don't do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.”

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    One way to look at it: "Tesla - you get what you wait for"

    Trains may be a better way to bulk ship long distance but now's not the time to start pinching pennies a few weeks before the Model X debut. Does that mean east coast Model X orders will be nearly a month later than west coast? I am on east coast and at my local tesla store, they have had numerous cars on the lot as early as first week of July which were built in June. I can't see that all east coast destinations are 30+ days.

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    They actually have been doing this all along, they just switched to trucking them directly to reach end of quarter numbers. My car, which was delivered on May 28th of this year, was shipped by train to Birmingham and then trucked to the Marietta, GA location. Took three weeks from the end of production to my delivery.
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    The freight rail lines in the center of the country are absolutely choked with oil tanker cars. It's causing messes all over. (Not just from the spills).

    Apparently volumes are starting to decline due to the low price of oil making some Bakken operations unprofitable, so maybe it'll start getting better soon.
    Volt-ing along while I await the Model 3...

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    The OP's "three weeks" comment makes me glad my 85D was put on a truck along with some CPO vehicles being re-distributed and should be at the Eden Prairie, MN service center in about 7-10 days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonaire View Post
    Trains may be a better way to bulk ship long distance but now's not the time to start pinching pennies a few weeks before the Model X debut. Does that mean east coast Model X orders will be nearly a month later than west coast?
    Model Xs were going to be mostly west coast vehicles this year anyway, and I know you know that. It's what they did with the Model S for very good reasons, which I also know you know about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tstafford View Post
    Just received call from Del. Exp. Specialist who said Tesla recently switched to using train service to get cars from California to Tennessee via a hub in Birmingham. This is better for the car because it is enclosed but adds "about three weeks" to the transit time and also the car is not visible for tracking during that period. WTF? Is the train hub in Birmingham England??

    Oh well. Car is in production now and will arrive "late August". For those who are interested the order was place late June.
    I'm in the same "boat" - car being built now but won't get to east coast until "late August" according to my DS. If I picked it up in CA probably next week...

    Patience is virtue...as i watch my pot boil on My Tesla.

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    I had expected the same 3 week delay but just one week after going into In Transit My Tesla now says it's being prepared for pickup or delivery. And I live in NJ! Confused...

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