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Old 09-07-2009, 09:18 PM   #1
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Shipping a bus by train...

Has anyone ever checked into freight shipping a bus by train on a flatbed car? A friend of the family suggested we put our bus on a train & have it shipped from FL to Albuquerque... Reason for us considering this is 1, we want to get there with no problems, & 2 it would allow my wife & I to drive together in the pickup with the baby making comforting the baby alot easier plus we could cover alot more ground in less time. Plus the cost of fuel for the bus on a 2100 mile trip may be about the same as putting it on a train! Our friend said alot of truckers do this to save on fuel, time & wear & tear.... Just a thought. Any input?? My only concern would be someone breaking into the bus aomewhere along the line, OR some squatter using it while catching a FREE ride, then robbing us... HMMM
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:46 PM   #2
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Re: Shipping a bus by train...

With the Homeland Security concerns, it's a lot less likely that someone will be able to break in or ride along. Have your flatbed hooked up next to a chlorine tanker. Still, just about 100% of the freight cars going through the Northeast have been "tagged." The bus might arrive with a very interesting paint job.

I have never seen a truck (power unit, straight or semi-tractor) in this area on a train. I have seen ISO containers and semi-trailers only. I HAVE seen dozens of buses on flatbed trucks. Some of the taller ones have the wheels taken off to go under bridges more safely.

An alternate possibility would be to find a semi with a flatbed trailer returning west with no load. (I had a friend whose company put her grandmother's car into an empty box trailer in California , and delivered it to her on the return trip back to New York.) Offer to share fuel in return for the load. No dollar saving, but deals with the baby issues. You might leave a note on a truck stop bulletin board looking for leads.

Or, get the towbar completed and have an adventure you will talk about for years.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:32 AM   #3
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Re: Shipping a bus by train...

If you get some quotes, please let us know what the ballpark figures are. That's an interesting option...
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:39 AM   #4
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Re: Shipping a bus by train...

Redbear,
That is true with the homeland security but wow, I NEVER thought about the classic tagging & I am sure the "artists" out there would love to redo our pretty blue paint job with many additional colors...
Bummer cause that alone is enough to change my mind as I don't think I would be happy removing the graffiti from the bus when it gets to NM. Another issue after a little research is our bus is 6" too tall to fit into the "standard" height requirements for a flatbed traincar. It measures 11'6" tall, the cutoff is 11'. After that it requires a special car to haul the bus. Another issue that completely eliminates the idea is that CSX does not run thru or anywhere near NM so I guess a good idea has just been botched!

The semi truck is a great idea but I am not sure where to look for empty flatbeds heading to our destination...I am in a kinda rural FL location with no truckstops for many miles. The towbar would have been set up already if it was feasible but we own a small RV/cargo trailer that is being pulled by the Nissan that will have the motorcycle & other stuff in it... Too bad ya can't pull a vehicle that is pulling a trailer huh??




I will research the semi option a little further & thanks for the advice!!

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Call a freight broker to get a rate to move by truck.
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:57 AM   #6
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Call a freight broker to get a rate to move by truck.
Any suggestions of names (of brokers) to research? Thanks!
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:41 AM   #7
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Hey Ezbme!! Now, you just get in that bus and start driving dang-it. You'll make it just fine. The good Lord just gave you a fancy child, dude you are on top of the world. Just take along about seven gallons of oil, five gallons of transmission fluid plenty of water. You know people on the way. so no problem. If I were you I'd send the wife and child out ahead to get settled. She can backtrack if need be. As soon as she is settled, You should start out. She'll be cooking you steak 5 days later. Don't love anything that doesn't love you back. Be ready to scrap the bus anytime anywhere. That's the way to do things IMHO. Good luck and stop by when you hit Austin. PM me. Get a good sams card just in case for tire changes. Get a list of rest stops in every state you will pass through. Stop regularly at four 20 mile markers, rest and pee. You'll have the time of your life. Buy an extra v belt. Blow and go.
Yer funny mightybus & thanks for the enlightment! I am sure I will do that, just drive! This isn't a vacation for us but a limited time travel schedule that we cannot afford to have any breakdowns as we are very strapped on cash as the bus has cost us quite a bit already to get ready... The problem with my confidence is the bus broke down 35 miles after we purchased it & I haven't driven it much since then. That & my wife is not long trip driver friendly. I am confidant we will make it just fine!

LOL, scrapping the bus is not an option as it will be filled with our worldly possesions & client inventory & is also our business office once we get to NM so it HAS to make it in one piece!!
I like the four 20 rest stop idea!

We already have the Good Sam towing so we are covered for any breakdowns...
If I have access to internet I will def PM you when in Austin!

Thanks, Jonathan
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Re: Shipping a bus by train...

Have you considered getting a driver for the bus, instead of shipping it? There are services that match cars with drivers going the same direction, maybe they might have someone who could drive a bus? Or maybe someone here would be able to volunteer? I can't, but would love to help if I could.
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Re: Shipping a bus by train...

Well we are driving as the train is positively out of the question as is freight shipping by semi... I randomly called a place & they qouted me (choke) $4763.60 to ship from FL to NM by truck...Yup, that is just ridiculous-more than I paid for the bus! I am happy driving & dealing with anything that may happen for that price!

I guess I gotta just have some confidence in Buster & just enjoy the cruise... I will take plenty of photos!

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That might be for the best... Even Doctor Who had problems shipping a bus...

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