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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/19/2007 :  09:51:24 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
they offer a brand new to bus in Va. Beach just for winning the local event.this will be the same drivers second year in a row getting a brand new bus.

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IC
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Posted - 06/19/2007 :  12:57:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bsaund09

they offer a brand new to bus in Va. Beach just for winning the local event.this will be the same drivers second year in a row getting a brand new bus.



They've talked about doing that here...I guess nothing came of it.

They are always trying to increase participation...and a new bus for winning the FCPS Roadeo would really do that, I think.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/29/2007 :  11:06:23 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Does anyone know how the state roadeo turned out this year?

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Lena
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Posted - 07/02/2007 :  1:11:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Conventional Competition (2004 IC Internation)

1st Jeremy Click: Accomack County
2nd Lacy Carruth, Norfolk City
3rd Sharon Richardson, Williamsburg-JCC

Transit Competition (2007 Thomas)

1st Russell Altizer, Montgomery County (usually competes in conventional)
2nd Tyler Reynolds, Virginia Beach City
3rd Jeff Long, Newport News City


Met Jennifer Dees from Fairfax County, she is very very nice, only been driving for 9 months she says....she placed 14th out of 22....not bad at all!!

It was a super super miserably hot day!


Most smiles are started by another smile...

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BusFreak
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Posted - 07/02/2007 :  11:30:28 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Wow...I'm glad to see that Virginia represented the Transit division! That's kinda cool, being that they only have a handful of operational transit style buses.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/03/2007 :  05:46:29 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the info I just hadnt heard how things turned out hopefully I will get to next years competition being that it is held here in Va. Beach.

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Busdude3
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Posted - 07/03/2007 :  09:34:39 AM  Show Profile  Send Busdude3 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Hey - I'll be in Williamsburg and Virginia Beach later this month on vacation...

Does anyone know any bus yards or places with buses in that area?
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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/03/2007 :  7:31:56 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I am not even sure where the Williamsburg yard is most of the rest of them are pretty well hidden from human eye contact. the one in Va. Beach sets about a mile off the Interstate going in toward the beach. NewportNews has there very well hidden . Most of the school systems around here have more then one lot for summer parking. They are not that hard to fine.

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Busdude3
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Posted - 07/05/2007 :  09:41:44 AM  Show Profile  Send Busdude3 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bsaund09

I am not even sure where the Williamsburg yard is most of the rest of them are pretty well hidden from human eye contact. the one in Va. Beach sets about a mile off the Interstate going in toward the beach. NewportNews has there very well hidden . Most of the school systems around here have more then one lot for summer parking. They are not that hard to fine.



Thanks for your help! Do you have any directions to these summer lots?
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The Thomas Vista
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Posted - 07/05/2007 :  12:33:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey;

Sorry to break the topic (and I don't know if this has been mentioned), but Chesterfield County just recently got new Thomas C2s. I couldn't tell if they had the rear stop or not (Is that now an official rule in VA; to have the rear stop?).
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 07/05/2007 :  12:37:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From what I hear, dual stop arms are required now.
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IC-RE
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Posted - 07/05/2007 :  2:03:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
VAPT site says they are not a Requirement on buses, simply that they are now permitted without hassle. (Im assuming in the past if you wanted a second stop arm you had to submit some sort of request) that is what I gathered from reading their site. It may however be required on buses that are 40 feet in length or more.

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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BusFreak
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Posted - 07/05/2007 :  11:14:57 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Chesterfield recently took delivery of brand new Blue Bird Visions! This is the first non-Thomas order since the late 80s for them!

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The Thomas Vista
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Posted - 07/06/2007 :  11:12:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BusFreak

Chesterfield recently took delivery of brand new Blue Bird Visions! This is the first non-Thomas order since the late 80s for them!


They had those for a while and I think they are used as SPED buses. Are these new Visions going to be used on normal routes though (alongside the junkload of Vistas and C2s they have now)?

I have seen a rougue Bluebird Freightliner with Chesterfield titles on somewhere though.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 07/06/2007 :  1:06:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Loudoun County now has a IC BE 200. I saw it in Leesburg today. I was going to take a photo of it, but there was alot of people around. I'll be able to get a picture this weekend. The bus is either an 2007 or 2008 model. Most likely 2008.
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BusFreak
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Posted - 07/06/2007 :  1:35:03 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Loudoun has had atleast one BE for atleast a year now. They've always had quite a fleet of type A buses, so this should be a nice addition to the smaller class of their fleet.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 07/06/2007 :  4:07:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've never noticed the BE until now. It looks like a nice bus though!
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IC
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Posted - 07/06/2007 :  4:52:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah, I've seen a LCPS BE for quite a while. I chase LCPS buses on 7100 every morning (usually Type As). I think they are heading to TJ.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 07/06/2007 :  5:34:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cool. Like I said, I've noticed the bus until now. I like how Loudoun has alot of different buses in there fleet. From what I've seen over the past few years, they have all the following:

AmTran RE
Blue Bird TC/2000 RE
IC RE
IC CE
IC BE
Mid Bus Guide
Thomas International Conventional
Thomas Freightliner Conventional
Thomas Saf-T-Liner ER
Thomas Saf-T-Liner MVP ER
Thomas Saf-T-Liner HDX
Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2
Thomas Minotour

Am I missing anything?

Compare that to Prince William though:

Thomas Saf-T-Liner ER
Thomas Saf-T-Liner MVP ER (I forget if they have these or not)
Thomas Saf-T-Liner MVP EF
Thomas Saf-T-Liner HDX
Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2
Thomas Vista

I know in the past Prince William has owned:

Ward Volunteer's
Superior International's
Thomas International's
Blue Bird Chevy's

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 07/08/2007 :  3:22:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=683998417&size=o

Check out this photo from a VA school district. Can anyone identify the district?
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Busdude3
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USA
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Posted - 07/08/2007 :  3:41:41 PM  Show Profile  Send Busdude3 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I know I'm not from Virginia, but I'm thinking Virginia Beach. From the pictures I've seen of their retired buses on eSurplus - some of those shots look like their yard not to mention the number font they used are the same as the ones I've seen on sSurplus' site.
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Bus 801
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Posted - 07/08/2007 :  3:45:05 PM  Show Profile  Send Bus 801 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I think it is VA beach too. It appears to be in the mid 80s because of the newer GMC and Ford cover in 2 of the pictures, also has an eight lamp GMC BB. It also has the old liscense plates that were around until 1990?

Rob
Floater 421

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BusFreak
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Posted - 07/08/2007 :  6:09:27 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Yessir, that is a Virginia Beach bus. Those fords were beasts too, and were among the last gas/manual/hydro buses the city purchased. The picture with ACT10 in it was taken in atleast 90, because it has one of the 1990 Thomas Fords in the background. Whats sad, is most if not all of those buses in those pictures have been retired by now. They are in the process of getting rid of the 1992s.

Some of those pictures were taken at the old Oceana High School lot right at the end of the master jet base runway. It's my understanding that the building still stands, and they are still parking buses there. That school hasn't been open during my lifetime.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/08/2007 :  6:17:11 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Someone actually notice my pics on flicker that is to cool. The Act 10 bus is the old 334. The others are all buses I had when I started back in 1985.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/08/2007 :  6:24:22 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
The pic of 127 in the bullpen next to the GMCs was taken in 1987 as well as 376 which was a '76 Ford on the spare line and then 421 was a 1979 Ford my last stick shift bus.All the photos but one was taken at the Oceana Garage that act 10 was parked at Independence Middle with bus 192 in the background.

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BusFreak
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Posted - 07/08/2007 :  9:08:49 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Brian...were you driving 192 at the time of the picture? I know it was your bus for atleast a year before you got 400. What kind of bus is to the right of bus 127. It's awefully shiny, and looks brand new at the time. If it was taken in 1987, could it be one of the brand new GMC blue birds? That 86 GMC Thomas also looks pretty good in the same picture. Thomas buses look so naked with the 4 lamp system!

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/09/2007 :  04:26:24 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
yes I was driving 192 had it from '90 till '93 that was taken before starting my Governor's School run which back in the day started from the Jr. High with 9th graders.The bus next to 127 was the brand new 331 from 1987 not sure which GMC was in the background but at that point I was driving Bus 97 the '83 Ford BB.The '86 Thomas GMC is actually the old Bus 66 the handicap Ford in the background would have been either 405 or 406.

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BusFreak
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Posted - 07/09/2007 :  4:25:36 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Dang Brian. It's kinda cool that you have pictures of two 331s when they were brand new. Any word on Virginia Beach's latest bid?

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/10/2007 :  04:52:54 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Yes I have some pics of three generations with the same number that is pretty cool.Every once in while I will make a good find. I am not sure about the bid exactly but they are getting more of the C2 and just a few Visions.The pics are just a result of these nice long summer days without much to do (hah,hah).

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/19/2007 :  3:33:26 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Looks like a bluebird landed in Va Beach for a change and what a difference. Actually 10 of them to be exact very nice looking to.

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BusFreak
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Posted - 07/19/2007 :  11:22:57 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Awesome Brian! Do you have any pictures yet? you must send some to me when you do! I know you just got a new bus last year, but you seem to have some good pull...are you going to get one of these birdies? The last birds I know of at the beach are the 02(ish) GMCs. Kinda crazy they've gone mostly Thomas considering that all but two years out of all the 80s were Birds, as well as a good portion of the 90s.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/20/2007 :  07:08:57 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Actually the new bus last year was just upgrade to curve high mileage so the one this year will be more on my cycle of new buses('97,'03,'08). The bus from last actually is already in the 30k range for some reason I did more driving. I think those birds are really nice I think they look nicer then the C2 but then the C2 has some cool features to.It takes them about a month to get them rolling anymore with having to get bar codes and fuel cards from Papco and then these will have to be carried out and fitted with two way radios so we will see.

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2006bbvision
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Posted - 07/24/2007 :  11:11:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
WOW That is goog to hear that VA BEACH is going back to the bird's!!!! I am from NEWPORT NEWS and they were buyig the visions for 2 years straight then swithed back to IC ce's *****, But this year I have herd they are down sizeing from the upper 400's to the lower 400's due the number of students that will be transported this year, and I dont think they are buying any new ones this because they had suck a large order last school year.
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Busdude3
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Posted - 07/24/2007 :  1:38:22 PM  Show Profile  Send Busdude3 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
When I was there last week, I got some photos of one of their new '08 Visions.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/24/2007 :  1:46:10 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
hey busdude3 can you share the photos maybe when did you see them last week. I think they just arrived last week.

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