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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 10/07/2005 :  09:06:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I added a pic of Loudoun bus 17, 2005 IC RE 300, this morning. I'll be adding more bus pics from Loudoun this evening.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 10/07/2005 :  4:43:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Like I promised, I posted the rest of my Loudoun pics. Enjoy!
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 10/10/2005 :  06:57:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was watching the Weather Channel a moment ago. Saw a 2005/2006 IC RE stuck in the snow in Evergreen, Colorado.
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Drew19
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Posted - 10/15/2005 :  05:53:05 AM  Show Profile  Send Drew19 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
This is from LCPS website

National School Bus Safety Week, October 16-22
National School Bus Safety Week is October 16-22. Loudoun County Public Schools operates and maintains a fleet of 625 school buses that travel more than 7 million miles taking more than 35,000 students safely to and from school each year.
The purpose of National School Bus Safety Week is to emphasize the need for increased care by motorists and students when near a school bus. Among the things that will be done during this week are:
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poor_driver
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Posted - 10/15/2005 :  08:23:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was up in nothern VA the other day and i saw a Fredrick or Warren county C2 with yellow fog lights on it.....cool....i want to see a clark county bus.

Also, for those of "y'all" or "yall" in northern va (fairfax) how long did it take for you to know which side is Maryland, D.C, and Virginia...the other day i saw a Fairfax bus followed by a D.C bus going north on 95 and a Maryland bus was beside me going southbound....i believe i was about at the Tyson corner or springfield exit. If i'm wrong then it's whereever they are doing all of the construction where traffic merges together.
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Drew19
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Posted - 10/15/2005 :  09:28:48 AM  Show Profile  Send Drew19 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by poor_driver

I was up in nothern VA the other day and i saw a Fredrick or Warren county C2 with yellow fog lights on it.....cool....i want to see a clark county bus.

Also, for those of "y'all" or "yall" in northern va (fairfax) how long did it take for you to know which side is Maryland, D.C, and Virginia...the other day i saw a Fairfax bus followed by a D.C bus going north on 95 and a Maryland bus was beside me going southbound....i believe i was about at the Tyson corner or springfield exit. If i'm wrong then it's whereever they are doing all of the construction where traffic merges together.



You can get to maryland from both exits but it will take you to diffrent places. We take the maryland exit to go to Bowie and the spring field exit to get to St marys county maryland and other places.
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IC-RE
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Posted - 10/15/2005 :  6:11:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
We take the Dulles Toll Road into MD, and exit towards Anapolis

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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VAdriver
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Posted - 10/15/2005 :  6:32:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
IC RE 1629 - I know the drivers of several of the Loudoun buses shown on your site. My first bus was 229, another 1998 Blue Bird RE. I now drive a 2000 IC RE which is identical to bus 107. I was dismayed to see how dirty some of the buses looked, but with all the rain we've had and the dirt roads, it's hard to keep them clean all the time! A lot of the buses you have pics of are actually spare buses.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 10/15/2005 :  7:52:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
VAdriver, how many TC/2000 RE's does Loudoun still have? There were 3 when I last visited there (296,297,298).

Also, which of the buses on my site are spares?
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scottyd
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Posted - 10/16/2005 :  10:30:21 AM  Show Profile  Send scottyd a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Welcome aboard Poor Driver. You will see DC and mainly PG, MD county buses over here in Fairfax because they shuttle students to classes. Don't know what we offer that the other counties don't. And the buses are always SE buses.

Did you know DC schools DO NOT have reg ed buses? All the buses in their fleet are Special Ed.

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IC-RE
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Posted - 10/16/2005 :  10:53:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I know most other counties come out to Fairfax for Thomas Jefferson High school.

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 10/16/2005 :  12:10:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
DC doesn't have any regular ed buses? That's weird.
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IC-RE
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Posted - 10/16/2005 :  1:13:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
They must be like some of our 2002 and 2003 IC RE's full size buses with lifts, although i think they are shorter so they can manuever better through their streets?

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 10/16/2005 :  1:19:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I know they have alot of Type A and B buses.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 10/16/2005 :  3:29:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I added three new Loudoun pics. They are yard shots of the lot on Colonial Hwy in Purcellville. Enjoy!

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VAdriver
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Posted - 10/16/2005 :  5:12:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
1629 -- Loudoun has 6 of the TC/2000 RE's, 295,296, 297, 298, 299 (my first bus) and 318. They are all spares except for 318. From the rest of your pics shown, 107 and 271 are spares. There may be a few more but I'm not positive. We've had to create so many new routes this year because we opened 5 new schools that some spares have been turned into regular route buses again.
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Drew19
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Posted - 10/16/2005 :  6:19:19 PM  Show Profile  Send Drew19 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by VAdriver

1629 -- Loudoun has 6 of the TC/2000 RE's, 295,296, 297, 298, 299 (my first bus) and 318. They are all spares except for 318. From the rest of your pics shown, 107 and 271 are spares. There may be a few more but I'm not positive. We've had to create so many new routes this year because we opened 5 new schools that some spares have been turned into regular route buses again.



Hey vadriver do you know why they only put Am/FM radios mostly in the HDX's and ER's? Also which area of lcps do you drive? Do you ever drive for Monore tech?

Edited by - Drew19 on 10/16/2005 6:31:38 PM
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IC-RE
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Posted - 10/16/2005 :  6:37:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Loudoun has a HUGE mix of different buses! 107 a 2002 IC RE is a spare?? Wow, how newest spares are 85 Thomas's!

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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VAdriver
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Posted - 10/16/2005 :  6:48:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
107 is currently a spare because the route it was assigned to had a couple of really hard turnarounds on narrow dirt roads so the driver exchanged for a shorter bus. It will probably be sent to the main garage and assigned as a regular route bus there. I drive in the Western part of the county and drive a 2000 IC RE. I have driven for Votec a couple of times to cover for another driver.
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IC-RE
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Posted - 10/16/2005 :  6:50:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
When will you be up for a new bus VAdriver, will it be a newer IC RE, or a Thomas HDX?

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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Drew19
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Posted - 10/16/2005 :  6:57:47 PM  Show Profile  Send Drew19 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
My busdriver in lcps was a brand new bus driver and her first bus was an 98 Thomas ER. Push Button Transmission black powder windows etc.
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VAdriver
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Posted - 10/16/2005 :  7:00:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm sure I won't get a new bus anytime soon. There are a lot of drivers who need them more than I do. Loudoun seems to be getting a lot more Thomas HDX's than IC's.
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IC-RE
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Posted - 10/16/2005 :  7:05:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
ohh ok, does your 00 IC have the T444E engine or the DT466?

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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Drew19
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Posted - 10/17/2005 :  04:47:47 AM  Show Profile  Send Drew19 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I don't think they are t444e's I have been next to one and it wasn't as loud as FCPS but I could be wrong.

Edited by - Drew19 on 10/17/2005 04:48:14 AM
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 10/17/2005 :  07:12:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's wild that some of the newer buses are spares. I find it very interesting how Loudoun does things slightly differently then us.

Thank you for the information on the TC/2000 RE's. I'll see if I can locate the ones I don't yet have pictures of.
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Drew19
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Posted - 10/17/2005 :  08:25:28 AM  Show Profile  Send Drew19 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Yeah I rode a another 98 Thomas and that was a spare.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 10/17/2005 :  09:53:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What are the oldest buses Loudoun still has?
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Drew19
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Posted - 10/17/2005 :  10:41:25 AM  Show Profile  Send Drew19 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Don't exactly know but there was a spare that another bus driver had to pick up used where her bus was in the shop and it was an 91-94 ER

Besides that the other buses I have only seen international conv which has a t444e and it isn't as loud when Idling like the RE t444's , BB/Frightliner and Thomas/Frightliner Am/IC RE's Thomas ER's/HD/HDX's and Thomas Vistas/ Type A. We even have type a activity buses! Oh and BB TC2000 RE's

Edited by - Drew19 on 10/17/2005 10:46:59 AM
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 10/17/2005 :  11:26:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drew, have you seen Loudoun's C2 yet?
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Drew19
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Posted - 10/17/2005 :  11:42:34 AM  Show Profile  Send Drew19 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
No but im sure I will see the C2's soon.

Edited by - Drew19 on 10/17/2005 11:45:20 AM
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poor_driver
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Posted - 10/17/2005 :  4:35:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
scotty

Yea i did notice that now that you've mentioned it. most of the buses thati've seen in Prince George county (MD) are short too.

I Thomas is losing out this year. During my travels, i see more districts and contractors buying the ICs instead of C2's. Sometimes i wish Virginia public or private schools would offer contracts for owner operators because the private contractors buses i saw up north are spec nice.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 10/18/2005 :  02:11:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
FCPS has a contract with IC right now. It expires soon though. Sometime next fall, we will know who our new bus supplier will be. (I'm hoping it's IC again. But I can live with BB's).
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Drew19
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Posted - 10/23/2005 :  4:32:03 PM  Show Profile  Send Drew19 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Sorry forgot your user name but the other driver from LCPS the GPS systems in the HD/HDX's are the devices shaped like a cell phone.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 10/24/2005 :  02:13:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Loudoun has GPS in its buses?
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Drew19
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Posted - 10/24/2005 :  03:31:20 AM  Show Profile  Send Drew19 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Yep but only in some of it's newer buses. Ever check on a newer HDX or even an older hdx it's right above the drivers seat.
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