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IC-RE
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  2:25:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wow, I am not sure if we are near them, I haven't heard of them, but cool the New Vision is coming to VA! What types of specs di they have

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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B. Busguy33
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  2:48:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit B. Busguy33's Homepage  Send B. Busguy33 an AOL message  Send B. Busguy33 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
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The part BusFreak mentioned about a Thomas lover, drove 1393 or something like that, and wouldn't give it up, sounds alot like 1396 to me.


Yup, Saundra (1396) did NOT want to give up her Thomas for anything.
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BusFreak
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  2:56:23 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
No..She's not 1396...That's Sandra, but they do drive out of many of the same schools. Again, it's not just one driver that loved the Thomas buses..Most of the drivers who liked the 94s had the Straightup Diesels, not the CNG, or the Diesel/CNGs. Jackie parks her bus at Thorough (spelling?) Middle school. Its one of maybe two regular ed buses parked up there. Check it out!

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BusFreak
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  3:09:03 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I grew up in Virginia Beach, which is right next door to Chesapeake. For the longest time, they were all Thomas ERs for regular ed. Infact, I'm pretty sure they were that way through all of the 90s and into the early 00s. I'm sure their visions are spected well. They have always had nice buses down there. Brian (bsaund09) would know more about them.

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poor_driver
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  3:25:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
IC look at the map darling:) you're at the top of VA and chesepeake is at the southeast corner (hampton roadz)

Bluebird- yes i see them coming to you, i passed about 6 of them the other day, i was on my way to Lynchburg Virginia. You have the (in my opinion) the better looking vision. I'm surprised that out of all the school divisions in the hampton roads area, Chesepeake and James city/ Williamsburg schools are the only districts that are remaining Thomas free! Bluebird do you know when Chesepeke will be getting rid of the remaing thomas fords and amtran ford "yall" have?


Question (for those of you who live in that area)

When did Princess Anne County become Virginia Beach city schools? also when did Nasemond county become Suffolk city schools. I remember seeing a bus that had both on there along time ago, when did it change?
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  3:32:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BusFreak

No..She's not 1396...That's Sandra, but they do drive out of many of the same schools. Again, it's not just one driver that loved the Thomas buses..Most of the drivers who liked the 94s had the Straightup Diesels, not the CNG, or the Diesel/CNGs. Jackie parks her bus at Thorough (spelling?) Middle school. Its one of maybe two regular ed buses parked up there. Check it out!



I was told once that they almost threatend to fire her for not giving up 1396. Any truth to that?

Also, my driver had 1396 last week as a spare bus. Compared to rest of the 94' Thomas ER's we have, it was in pretty good shape and drove pretty nice.
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IC
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  4:04:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by IC RE 1629

quote:
Originally posted by BusFreak

No..She's not 1396...That's Sandra, but they do drive out of many of the same schools. Again, it's not just one driver that loved the Thomas buses..Most of the drivers who liked the 94s had the Straightup Diesels, not the CNG, or the Diesel/CNGs. Jackie parks her bus at Thorough (spelling?) Middle school. Its one of maybe two regular ed buses parked up there. Check it out!



I was told once that they almost threatend to fire her for not giving up 1396. Any truth to that?


No truth. Lots of drivers turn down upgrades...and some even turn down a new bus. Unless they're surveying it, you can keep it. The drivers behind them (in seniority) LOVE when this happens! LOL

I know a lady with over 30 years...they surveyed her '88 GMC (she got it new) last summer...so they gave her a '89 Ford for this year. She says, "When it goes, I go".

If it weren't for the balky (in cold weather) service door on my '99...I think I would turn down all upgrades except a new bus....and even then if they are buying HDXs at that point. My bus runs and looks great, and is VERY dependable...but that ******* door gives me FITS on cold mornings! Our fine mechanics say, "duhhh, some of 'em are like that.".

Oh Okay, thanks..
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BusFreak
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  5:27:06 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
OK..Jackie was on 1392, and then took 921 in 2003. Now, she is in a bus in the 1600s. I bet she got rid of the 03 for capacity problems, as they were only 72 pax with the head start seating.

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IC-RE
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  5:31:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The 03s and 04s were my favorite, but I really like the engines on the new buses!

My favorite part about the 03s is the seating, there is so much legroom because they are 72 pax buses, but they are the same length as the 78 pax buses, and the seats are the Child seats so they are larger and more comfortable, they are nice

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 - 01/31/2007 :  5:31:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
921 serves my school. The lady that drives it lives right behind me.
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Lena
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  5:36:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I will definitely call her this weekend, unless we miss school because of bad weather tomorrow or Friday and then I will call her...

I can describe her a little, if that will help in the mean time....she's very petite, short and little, thin and small....used to love being very tanned...has a nice country accent.

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Lena
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  6:21:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
ok, y'all, I called her and Bus Freak you were right she did used to drive 1392 but the only other correct part is she is now driving 1679...out of Madison and Thomas Jefferson

Mystery solved, I gave her a heads up in case y'all talk to her...she doesn't do the computer thing!! lol

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IC-RE
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  6:25:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
YEAH!! I see that bus all of the time! I knew it!

I am at Oakton just down the street from Madison, our buses cross paths all of the time.

Hey guys that means she also drives with 928, the former driver of 1396

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.

Edited by - IC-RE on 01/31/2007 6:26:14 PM
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Lena
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  6:28:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yea well you should have heard me trying to explain to her why I was asking all these bus questions out of the blue and then me telling her about you being a senior in HS and all that, that's a tough one to explain!!

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Edited by - Lena on 01/31/2007 6:29:41 PM
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IC-RE
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  6:29:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
haha

here is a picture of bus 1680 that I took and submitted to a website, this is a sister bus to hers, its the exact same http://schoolbuscentral.com/gallery/updates/mar06/ic/2_04re_va.htm

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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Lena
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  6:37:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
by the way, congrats to Chesapeake!! That is a very nice town, which has grown quite a bit over the years...we always passed through it going to my sister's in Elizabeth City...

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IC-RE
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  6:47:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Here is a picture of her old bus, 1392, which is now a spare
Looks like it could have been in an accident or something, notice the bottom of the front of the buses is newer than the rest.



bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.

Edited by - IC-RE on 01/31/2007 6:49:04 PM
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IC
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Posted - 01/31/2007 :  7:38:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lena

ok, y'all, I called her and Bus Freak you were right she did used to drive 1392 but the only other correct part is she is now driving 1679...out of Madison and Thomas Jefferson

Mystery solved, I gave her a heads up in case y'all talk to her...she doesn't do the computer thing!! lol




The Thomas Jefferson part means she does a "hi-tech" run, as we call them (TJHSST students come from all over the County). I'm a hi-tech driver too! Next time I see her, I'll wave. Oh wait...I wave at all buses anyway! LOL
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Lena
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Posted - 02/01/2007 :  07:51:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have kindergarteners always asking me "how come we always wave" to each other....I always answer that we are a team and family!!!


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IC
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Posted - 02/01/2007 :  08:17:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lena

I have kindergarteners always asking me "how come we always wave" to each other....I always answer that we are a team and family!!!





LOL

I feel like a fool when I wave at a school bus while I'm in my car! After all...I've been waving all day, I just forget....
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Lena
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Posted - 02/01/2007 :  3:32:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
hahhahahha....I do the same thing when in my car...and then sometimes I don't wave and then later that driver will ask me why I was being stuck up!! better off waving!! lol


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Lena
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Posted - 02/01/2007 :  3:39:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
IC-RE....wow....you actually came up with a picture of Jackie's old bus, that's impressive!!

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Lena
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Posted - 02/01/2007 :  3:45:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have y'all heard about the 8year-old child who was rather abusive on the bus today and then was abusive to the police? It was in Maryland. I looked at NBC's website, but couldn't find it, I guess it was just breaking....


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IC-RE
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Posted - 02/01/2007 :  4:22:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wow, thats crazy, I'll look for it too.

haha, yeah I had that picture back from October. I think that type of bus (her old one, 1392) is ugly and I just don't like it. I really like her current bus, I just think Internationals are nicer!

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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mtirv
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Posted - 02/01/2007 :  4:51:27 PM  Show Profile  Click to see mtirv's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
quote:

No truth. Lots of drivers turn down upgrades...and some even turn down a new bus. Unless they're surveying it, you can keep it. The drivers behind them (in seniority) LOVE when this happens! LOL



And the kids hate it. MY driver turned down a new IC CE this year, my guess is that she's more comfterable driving transits... none of the kids liked that, but we did get an IC-RE that was driven by the driver who took the CE, so I'm happy enough.
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IC
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Posted - 02/01/2007 :  5:21:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mtirv

quote:

No truth. Lots of drivers turn down upgrades...and some even turn down a new bus. Unless they're surveying it, you can keep it. The drivers behind them (in seniority) LOVE when this happens! LOL



And the kids hate it. MY driver turned down a new IC CE this year, my guess is that she's more comfterable driving transits... none of the kids liked that, but we did get an IC-RE that was driven by the driver who took the CE, so I'm happy enough.



But the kids of the driver that DID take the IC CE were happy, right?

What I meant by that statement is...new buses are assigned by seniority. If a driver turns down a new bus, it is then offered to the next driver down the seniority list....who would not have gotten the new bus if the senior driver had accepted it.

BTW, what kind of a nut would take a CE...new or not, over a RE?? LOL
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IC-RE
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Posted - 02/01/2007 :  6:27:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thats what I was thinking, your driver was smart mtirv.

If I were a driver I would take one of our older IC REs over a brand new IC CE unless the RE didn't have A/C then I would be beside myself in confusion lol..... wait maybe I would just take the old RE... I just don't know. I am a transit fan though.

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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Lena
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Posted - 02/01/2007 :  7:00:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used to be content in a transit until a year and a half ago when I saw the Arlington accident and the one we had in Stafford and I decided I couldn't wait to get out of that windshield. I have to admit though, I love the way they drive, even this past summer I competed in a transit in the rodeo....won locally, placed 4th in state in the transit...but drive a conventional...

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Lena
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Posted - 02/01/2007 :  7:13:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That story about the 8-year old finally showed up at NBC's website, so I posted it under News.....if you haven't already heard about it...The scarey part is I had an 8-year old child just like that until just last week when I was told by the principal that his mother could no longer handle him and he went to live with his father in DC....I am very worried this could very well be the same child, it's unfortunate either way...you can't help but worry about the children.

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IC-RE
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Posted - 02/01/2007 :  7:32:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wow, from what you tell me this kid's got some real problems! I will go over to the news section and read it.

As far as transits, we had a Special Ed Thomas Front Engine transit bus get hit by a Metro bus last year, both buses were destroyed, and I believe the driver was injured. I will look for it in the NBC archives but it was pretty bad from what it looked like. The other FCPS drivers on here would know way more than I do.

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mtirv
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Posted - 02/02/2007 :  03:56:58 AM  Show Profile  Click to see mtirv's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by IC-RE

Thats what I was thinking, your driver was smart mtirv.

If I were a driver I would take one of our older IC REs over a brand new IC CE unless the RE didn't have A/C then I would be beside myself in confusion lol..... wait maybe I would just take the old RE... I just don't know. I am a transit fan though.



At the time, it was between our regular bus, a Thomas HD, or the CE. The HD doesn't have A/C. The CE does.

Edited by - mtirv on 02/02/2007 03:59:18 AM
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Lena
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Posted - 02/04/2007 :  11:59:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
where is everyone?

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bsaund09
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Posted - 02/04/2007 :  12:40:48 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Cold week ahead how many buses will not start by Tuesday? You got to love those guys who get out there on those service trucks trying to crank those buses up one after another. Our buses are all over so it is a huge job getting them going.

keep those buses rolling
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IC-RE
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Posted - 02/04/2007 :  12:46:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lena

where is everyone?




As in Location??

I am in Oak Hill/Herndon Reston area, and I go to school in Vienna, which is like 10 miles from my house (like 35 mins of traffic LOL)

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mtirv
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Posted - 02/04/2007 :  1:35:59 PM  Show Profile  Click to see mtirv's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I think she meant that because no one was talking, but I'm in the City of Falls Church in the Hillwood Area. My garage is in Fairfax County.
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