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Richmond, CA train transport depot

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Randy Spencer, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. Randy Spencer

    Randy Spencer Active Member

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    I kept hearing about it, cars being taken from the factory and then put on trains to make their way across country. I thought I saw photos of a ton of Tesla parked near a drive-on ship, but I think those are not cars going on the trains. I was just at our local dog rescue in Richmond and as I drove home with two Chinese Crested's I saw ahead of me:

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    I had to follow it and a couple of blocks later it pulled into Selland Auto Transport:

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    They had a bunch of Teslas in various states of undress:

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    Not a crazy full parking lot but it is interesting that they take the covers off the cars after driving 30 miles from Fremont to Richmond. Guess they are well protected on the train except from graffiti paint.

    -Randy
     
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    Cool. Ya why take off the covers??
     
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    And I always thought the one in Benicia was the depot used.
     
  5. Randy Spencer

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    Guess they are not storing Tesla's anymore. This is what the lot in Richmond, CA looked like in the Electrek article:

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    And this is what the lot looks like today

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    I took the pic from the opposite side of the lot as I didn't have a computer to check the original photo.

    I went by the train depot just up the street (the one this thread is about) and they have cleverly positioned a car train in front of the Tesla parking lot, you can see the tracks in front of the lot in this photo from earlier in this thread:

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    But as I was trying to figure out how to get a good photo of that lot I saw another train arrive and two trucks full of Tesla's pull into the grounds:

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    -Randy
     
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  6. ℬête Noire

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    I'm now deeply concerned that in visiting this message board my name may have been added to an FBI list of 'Known Associates Of Tesla Stalkers'.
     
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    Oh look, another Performance model being sent off on the bottom right :)
     
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  8. Randy Spencer

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    Great catch

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  9. Randy Spencer

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    Actually looks like it was 3 performance models

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    -Randy
     
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    Agreed, I have heard of no way to factory order w/20" wheels and those are definitely not 19". Nice spot.
     
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    Can anyone make out the white interior or red calipers?
     
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    Nice catch and thanks for posting them for us!
     
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    What's odd to me is why the rail that is part of the property at the factory isn't used. Seems like a ton of excess effort/cost/damage potential to load the cars for a 30mi drive to a rail depot, when there are rail lines on-property at Fremont. At the volume levels currently, seems like driving them from test track to rail car would be far more efficient and reduce damage risk in transport.
     
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    The white interior gives them away as well. At least on two of them
     
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    Not sure why I cannot edit my earlier post from mobile but the cAlipers are red as well.
     
  16. ℬête Noire

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    Scan to coord 400,1500
    Zoom in.
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    Zoom in.
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    Enhance!
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    Yup, there they are.
     
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  17. ModelNforNerd

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    Here on the East Coast, I was asked to perform my trade-in eval today.

    No VIN yet, but as soon as you see any Midnight Silver Metallic P (non-upgrade, so it may be hard to tell from a distance), let us know!!
     
  18. a.void

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    no wrap on transports makes me very sad
     
  19. ℬête Noire

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    The ones without any protective wrap at all are the floor demos, so that doesn't bother me as much.
     
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