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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 10/28/2005 :  07:24:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Only about 30 of our buses have it.
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specialneeds54
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Posted - 10/28/2005 :  4:12:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
WE went on a Field trip Thursday to The Belvedere Plantation Pumpkin Patch in Spotsylvania County. I seen a Lot of different busses there. I Could Not tell you what they were But a lot of them were what I call Pug Noses I few Special Needs A lot of Thomas Freightliners like mine They were from Spotsylvania, Stafford and Prince William County. Prince Willliam has some Long Busses It was neat to talk to a lot of different Drivers from other Counties and see what the other Busses Look Like I still Say I Like Mine Better.
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IC-RE
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Posted - 10/28/2005 :  6:43:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Those other counties have the Thomas HDX's. They are very modern looking!

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 - 10/29/2005 :  05:10:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Prince William has some pretty nice looking Thomas EF's. I also like those old Blue Bird Chevy's they have. (Actually I think all of those finally got retired).
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 10/31/2005 :  04:01:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rappahannock County has a new Blue Bird Vision. First one I've seen in Virginia! It looks really nice too!
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04ICCE
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  04:07:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit 04ICCE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by IC RE 1629

Rappahannock County has a new Blue Bird Vision. First one I've seen in Virginia! It looks really nice too!



i see that bus everyday and i think it is uglier than an ugly red headed step child.
i do like the small window down low and ahead of the passenger door. it looks like a prism window.

Scott
Wakefield Country Day School
Rappahannock county VA
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  07:24:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think it is a pretty nice looking bus. That new BB International that they have is pretty cool too.

04ICCE, how many buses does your county have? Are they all BB's except for the one HDX I've seen?
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04ICCE
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  2:54:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit 04ICCE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by IC RE 1629

I think it is a pretty nice looking bus. That new BB International that they have is pretty cool too.

04ICCE, how many buses does your county have? Are they all BB's except for the one HDX I've seen?



i am not with the county school system i am with a private school but do know that most of the fleet are BB. i would guess around 25 buses. the neww BB is on a BB chassis and last years BB is on an IC chassis. i believe the hdx was bought from loudon county, Tim the mechanic and the driver eddie wish they never got it, constant electrical issues since new but it climbs to the top of chester gap twice a day (elev. 2600 ft with 12% grade).

Scott
Wakefield Country Day School
Rappahannock county VA
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Drew19
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  4:25:38 PM  Show Profile  Send Drew19 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Lcps hasn't had to much trouble with HDX's. There nice.
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vabuslover
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  7:03:18 PM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
We have not had problems with our Blue Bird Visions, and we have gotten a few more this year. These do not have the extra rubrail down the side, and have fog lights on the bumpers! I will work to get pics asap!
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 11/02/2005 :  02:40:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can't wait to see some pics vabuslover.

04ICCE, what school do you drive for?
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04ICCE
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Posted - 11/02/2005 :  03:27:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit 04ICCE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by IC RE 1629

Can't wait to see some pics vabuslover.

04ICCE, what school do you drive for?



i drive sports and activities for Wakefield Country Day School in Huntly

Scott
Wakefield Country Day School
Rappahannock county VA
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 11/11/2005 :  08:52:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How many buses does that school have? I think I've seen a few of them. Can't remember any off hand.
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04ICCE
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Posted - 11/12/2005 :  04:33:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit 04ICCE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by IC RE 1629

How many buses does that school have? I think I've seen a few of them. Can't remember any off hand.



we have 9 total, 05 IC conv 64 pax. 05 Thomas conv 34 pax. 04 IC conv 64 pax. 99 BB 64 conv pax. 93 thomas conv 64 pax. (former LCPS bus bought used from sonny merryman) 88 microbus 24 pax. plus three vans.

Scott
Wakefield Country Day School
Rappahannock county VA
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 11/12/2005 :  04:57:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Are these buses parked at the school? Reason I ask is that my dad and I head out that way every weekend to go to our cabin up in the mountain. I may drop by to snap some pictures of these buses.
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04ICCE
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Posted - 11/12/2005 :  2:38:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit 04ICCE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by IC RE 1629

Are these buses parked at the school? Reason I ask is that my dad and I head out that way every weekend to go to our cabin up in the mountain. I may drop by to snap some pictures of these buses.



my bus the 05 IC is there most weekends, the 88 micro should be there and the 93 should be at the lower parking lot as it is the spare. if you want call 540-551-2344 or 540-622-7764 when you are in town and i would open mine for you.

will be on an overnight field trip the 20th and 21st.

Scott
Wakefield Country Day School
Rappahannock county VA
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 11/12/2005 :  5:13:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What is your e-mail address?
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04ICCE
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Posted - 11/13/2005 :  01:11:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit 04ICCE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by IC RE 1629

What is your e-mail address?



brier00@earthlink.net

Scott
Wakefield Country Day School
Rappahannock county VA
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  05:59:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does anyone know if any IC BE's have made their way into any VA fleets?
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  08:47:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I thought I would show this. Though most of you might have already seen it. This is the oldest FCPS bus I've seen!
http://schoolbuscentral.com/gallery/updates/may05/th4_70sfrd_lit.htm
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poor_driver
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Posted - 12/08/2005 :  08:39:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
IC_RE_1629

Oh yea the classic. I like that bus, i could dare say that it's my favorite. i see alot of those buses in junk yards and on farms or people yards down here in South central Virginia...i know for sure that Nottoway, Buckingham, and i think Cumberland county had alot of those. i remember riding through there (nottoway) a couple of years ago and saw one of those fords "getting in" down the road. That bus was shining and sounding good.( It was hauling football equipment to the field).
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poor_driver
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Posted - 12/08/2005 :  08:41:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I forgot, one day when i make my millions, i going to buy everyone of that style thomas ford that i see and restore them to showroom condition........well...that's my wish.....am i a bus nut?
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 12/08/2005 :  11:57:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
poor_driver, I take it you like Thomas's?
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poor_driver
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Posted - 12/09/2005 :  08:56:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
naw i'm more of a chassis fan than a body fan.....if you really want to know...i love Waynes but thomas and bluebird and the rest are ok.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 12/09/2005 :  09:21:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's cool. I've never heard of someone being a chassis fan. So what would your favorite chassis be of the one's avaliable today?
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 12/09/2005 :  10:59:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've finished with the massive update. I added all the Loudoun pics to the album "BUS HUNT 12/03/05". All Loudoun buses are labeled like "Loudoun XXX". Enjoy!
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poor_driver
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Posted - 12/12/2005 :  10:09:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Good question.

WEll right off the back i would have said GMC but being known that the GMC (type c) chassis isn't available anymore..........hard to say but i guess.........i really can't say, i've driven both Navistar and Freightliner buses......i guess Navistar (international).
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vabuslover
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Posted - 12/29/2005 :  07:34:12 AM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
The Virginia Dept of Education wanting to raise the speed limit for buses? http://timesdispatch.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RTD%2FMGArticle%2FRTD_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1128768983397&path=%21news&s=1045855934842is a link to the Richmond Times-Dispatch discussing the speed change. They want to raise the speed limit from 35 to 45 in a 55-MPH zone, and allow buses to travel at 55 MPH when the speed is higher. What do you all think of this new law?
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 12/29/2005 :  07:59:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As I posted in the Breaking News Forum:

There are several points to this.

1) I agree with the lower speed limits because of the added safety it provides. I disagree with the lower speeds because of the traffic tie-ups it can create.

2) I agree with the higher speeed idea because it can help keep traffic moving. I disagree with it because it could cause some safety concerns.

I could go on, but I think I'll stop here.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 01/17/2006 :  1:22:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello All!

I updated my Webshots. I took that album "BUS HUNT 12/03/05" and broke it into two albums. So you now have the Fairfax bus pics in one album and the Loudoun in another. Both of these new albums have "bus hunt 12/03/05" in the title.

I've also gone back thru the Loudoun pictures in the "bus hunt" album and added the "year, make, and model" of all the buses.

I intend to add my pictures of Prince William County buses soon. Stay tuned.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 01/27/2006 :  04:08:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm having a mind blank here. Who is the driver from Williams Bus Lines? I have a question about them that I think they could answer.
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IC-RE
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Posted - 01/27/2006 :  07:26:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
disneynuts is the driver from Williams, he has posted an entire list of their buses and specs in the FCPS thread. It even has their model years.

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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VAdriver
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Posted - 01/28/2006 :  5:14:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Loudoun has some new buses! I'm not sure how many we got in, but I've seen three just in the part of the county I drive in. They are all the IC conventionals. I haven't seen inside one yet, but I know they have the door and warning light controls on the steering wheel.
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IC-RE
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Posted - 01/28/2006 :  5:18:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
WOW, Loudoun Bought IC CE's? That is very interesting, I know they have two Thomas C2's. I wonder if they are going to stick with conventional buses??

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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VAdriver
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Posted - 01/28/2006 :  7:32:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't believe Loudoun will be converting to all convetional buses. A good portion of the routes have too many students to be able to use the conventionals. The two new buses that I've been out in my area both replaced older conventionals that drive very rural routes where a smaller bus is needed.
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