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      05-24-2018, 10:12 AM   #1
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Canadian Car CN railway tracking info

Hi All,

I have been helping handful of ppl who were asking me about their vehicle tracking at CN railway (from Halifax to owner's destination) by exchanging messages and phone texts.

As number of ppl asking for my help is increasing, I am starting to get confused to match different VINs and forumers. So I guess it would be easier for me to do things on this post.

Anyone wants to have their vehicle tracked, please PM me your VIN#.
I will post my update of tracking info daily on this post so that anyone can come and check.
Please note that any vehicle brand that uses CN service can be tracked (I have had some experience tracking vehicle makes such as MB and Range Rovers)

For general information (usual transit time and deviation), I will further edit my original post later.


If your VIN shows "Not Found - Please verify entry" at the status, this means that it has not been loaded on CN railcar. Tracking is only possible once it is loaded at Darthmouth, NS.

Edit: General Transit Time.
2-3 days calendar days: Once arrived at Halifax vehicle released to port vehicle storage.
5-10 business days: Vehicle gets prepared and all port installed options will be installed at vehicle center. Transit time varies depending on the options.
Once on rail;
2 calendar days: cities in QC
3 calendar days: cities in ON
4~5 calendar days: cities in MB and SK
5~6 calendar days: cities in AB
6~7 calendar days: cities in BC

Transit time can vary depending on circumstances. All trains have different # of stops so they affect arrival time as well.
Train does move on weekends and holidays.

Once vehicle arrives destination railway Terminal take about 2-3 days to get arranged with Hansen's forwarding truck.
Hansen's forwarding does not operate their truck on weekends and holidays. For their vehicle delivery arrangement and tracking please visit; https://www.lhf.com/en/tracking

Cheers,

Ethan

Please note that all BMW vehicles including US South Carolina production X series do arrive at Halifax. Some destination close to Halifax do not take CN railcar as transportation method. They sometime use Hansen's (or other carriers) to arrange direct truck transportation from the port. (This inlcudes cities at NS, NB, PEI)

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Where were you when I was waiting for my car?
Nice work BTW.
Guess I was lurking at the time when you were receiving yours haha.
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All I can say is thanks for doing this. With all the modern tracking we can see when our future cars roll out of the factory, we can track them as they cross the ocean but we are in the blind when on the rail.

This is awesome.
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Thank you so much !
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Yeah thanks for this. Mine is apparently "in transit" status which means it's probably on the ship and hasn't arrived at port. Anyone know how long it takes them via sea from Europe?
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Really appreciate you doing this. thanks
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Yeah thanks for this. Mine is apparently "in transit" status which means it's probably on the ship and hasn't arrived at port. Anyone know how long it takes them via sea from Europe?
The port received my car on May 3 in Bremerhaven, and arrived at Halifax on May 17.

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DELIVERED FROM HALIFAX, NS 22-05-2018 14:15:02 1
DISCHARGED HALIFAX, NS 18-05-2018 22:51:00 1
LINER RELEASE HALIFAX, NS 17-05-2018 08:20:52
LOADED ON VESSEL BREMERHAVEN 04-05-2018 17:03:11 1
RECEIVED AT TERMINAL BREMERHAVEN 03-05-2018 13:22:43 1
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Yeah thanks for this. Mine is apparently "in transit" status which means it's probably on the ship and hasn't arrived at port. Anyone know how long it takes them via sea from Europe?
Usually about 14-15 days.
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Hi all,

Sorry that I missed Sunday tracking.

Here is the tracking of today.
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Quick reminding for all who has X series coming from US.
There is big delay in railway at Chicago-Buffalo area.

I also have my X3 M40i coming on the way with production date April 17th but see no news at the tracking. Was told from my dealer saying about a month or month and a half delay is expected.
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This is really fantastic for us stalkers. Really appreciated.
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You are the man Ethan! I sold my Golf R last week so I'm renting a car in the meantime and this information will be invaluable for me to get arrival planning set up.
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Does anyone know what options are port installed?

Does anyone know if BMW is required to disclose if the vehicle receives any damage during shipping (either ship or rail or truck)?
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Does anyone know what options are port installed?

Does anyone know if BMW is required to disclose if the vehicle receives any damage during shipping (either ship or rail or truck)?
All current BMW model's MPEs are port install option.
Other M CF parts (exterior and interior) are dealer install. (Including coilover).

F80/82 Ultimate package is port install as far as I know exceptionally (including all in and out).

If you find the damage at the delivery after their PDI, you can report it onthe spot if you find any damage and dealer will cover whatever the damage. If you drive out the damaged car (at least cosmetically), it will be difficult to get them cover the damage. Make sure you check all wheels and exterior paint work before you sign on the paper.
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You are the man Ethan! I sold my Golf R last week so I'm renting a car in the meantime and this information will be invaluable for me to get arrival planning set up.

Hope I can see your VIN available for tracking soon!
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If you find the damage at the delivery after their PDI, you can report it onthe spot if you find any damage and dealer will cover whatever the damage. If you drive out the damaged car (at least cosmetically), it will be difficult to get them cover the damage. Make sure you check all wheels and exterior paint work before you sign on the paper.
So, if the customer does not see the damage, BMW is not required to disclose it? I'm wondering because on the WW website, there is a reference to them providing repairs on vehicles that are damaged during shipment. It would really suck to purchase a "new" car with repaired body damage.
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Does anyone know what options are port installed?

Does anyone know if BMW is required to disclose if the vehicle receives any damage during shipping (either ship or rail or truck)?
I was looking into this and it seems to depend on the cost of the damage, I saw one post where a person had their car damaged and an insurance claim was completed but never disclosed till the person went to sell the car 4 years later and ran the carproof.

They were not happy.
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So, if the customer does not see the damage, BMW is not required to disclose it? I'm wondering because on the WW website, there is a reference to them providing repairs on vehicles that are damaged during shipment. It would really suck to purchase a "new" car with repaired body damage.
At PDI, they do thorough inspection of all aspect of the vehicle to check if there is any issue. But small things like rim rash and dents might be overlooked.
If they find out something at the port when they are preparing your car, they will also fix the damage before goes on to the railcar as well. If damage is found they will let you know. (Usually they will give you a discount if damage is found, or you can order a new one and wait again... lol)
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