Know a lot of you have waited too long between the time your StingRay left the factory and it arrival, via rail to your area, then to your dealer. Here's an article that discusses this issue from the perspective of many car companies experiencing this problem, primarily, but not exclusively being blamed on winter weather. Thanks to "steveinaz" for his sending this article my way -- for he just got his StingRay at long last yesterday due to the railroad shipping delays, and he is spending his time driving around, smiling, today!
AutoNews said:Weather-related rail congestion keeps vehicles parked near factories!
Across the Rust Belt, thousands of freshly built cars, pickups and SUVs are parked, waiting for a ride that’s late.
A brutal winter and the highest automotive production in a decade have strained railroads and moved automakers to use more expensive over-the-road trucks to get their vehicles to dealerships.
Railroads in the lower Great Lakes region took a substantial hit from severe winter weather. Record or near record snowfalls impaired train movements and their crews’ ability to get to work. Subfreezing temperatures also reduce the number of rail cars an engine can pull.
Residual congestion from the weather remains, especially for CSX Transportation. According to performance statistics reported to the Association of American Railroads, the average speeds of CSX multilevel trains -- those mainly handling auto carriers -- were off 18 percent during much of March compared with a year ago. Other railroads -- Norfolk Southern, BNSF Railway and Union Pacific -- also reported reduced average speeds in March.
“This has been a long winter,” said Carla Groleau, a CSX spokeswoman. “As the weather continues to improve, we hope our operations will continue to improve, too. We’re certainly moving as safely and swiftly as we can.”
Making the rail issues worse is the volume of vehicles set for shipment. North American light-vehicle production hit almost 16.2 million units last year, the highest level since 2002. In 2014, light-vehicle production is expected to reach almost 17.3 million units.
Nearly all major automakers, especially those with factories in the Midwest, say their rail deliveries are still delayed. Though automakers are reluctant to talk about their strategies to keep vehicles flowing to dealerships, many say they have turned to over-the-road trucks. Honda, Chrysler and Toyota acknowledge boosting their reliance on trucks in recent weeks.
Chrysler Group, for example, ships many of the vehicles it produces in the Midwest from rail yards in Toledo, Ohio, but because of the weather and a shortage of auto-hauling rail cars, it’s using trucks and other rail routes to avoid delays, a spokeswoman said.
A spokesman for General Motors said the company is “coping with slowing throughput” of the continent’s rail network, but said it expects the backlog to abate as the weather improves."