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Lena
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Posted - 11/05/2007 :  10:05:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
that is a cool shot...but doesn't it look like the one bus touched (or came mighty close) to the barrier?

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 11/05/2007 :  11:23:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think it is touching the barrier...
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IC
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Posted - 11/05/2007 :  4:19:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by IC RE 1629

I think it is touching the barrier...



Why, oh why, can't we have air horns like Arlington? :(

Oh wait, I know why....they're afraid we'd blastin' 'em! LOL
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 11/05/2007 :  6:16:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Like I've said time and time again, we need air horns!!
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BusFreak
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Posted - 11/05/2007 :  8:34:41 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I don't know if their Thomas buses have air horns...it might be a uniquly IC-Arlington thing. The new Thomas buses they have dont have the air horns mounted up top like that, if they even have them at all

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bsaund09
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Posted - 11/06/2007 :  08:25:48 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Air horns now that would be a cool distraction to red light runners and other things.

keep those buses rolling
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Bus 801
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USA
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Posted - 11/07/2007 :  4:07:13 PM  Show Profile  Send Bus 801 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I was looking through the VA bus auctions on Public Surplus and noticed bus 208 from Newport News has STOP STATE LAW on the back. I didn't think that was aloud in VA. BTW, Harrisonburg is giving away some 97-99 ERs already!

Rob
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http://community.webshots.com/user/bus801

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722
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United States
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Posted - 11/07/2007 :  4:23:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The lettering STOP STATE LAW was on the rear of all school buses in Virginia until 1975. Starting in 1976 the state wanted to limit the amount of lettering on the rear of the buses and have everything standardized.

In the proposed specifications for next year the wording "STOP WHEN RED LIGHT FLASH" is a possible option pending approved by the state.

Some districts did a pilot using STOP STATE LAW and recieved permission to decal thier buses with this lettering again. It is not found in Northern Virginia, but it can be found in a few coastal areas of the state.
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 11/08/2007 :  10:35:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes Newport News pretty much retrofitted the entire fleet with that decals starting 2002 I think, But none of are new 2007 IC activity buses and regular ed buses have it on them. I know also Hampton City Schools has placed the decals on some of there buses, but am not sure if them continue to do so. By the way does any other district other then NPN place the abbreviations of the district and the unit number on the top of the roof in VA?

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 11/08/2007 :  2:58:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In Fairfax and Loudoun the unit # is on the roof in 12" black characters. The school district abbreviation is NOT on the roof.
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vabuslover
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Posted - 11/08/2007 :  6:04:28 PM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
What is the advantage of having the body number on the roof of the bus? I know it can help if the bus is flipped on its side, but are there any other reasons for having it?
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busgeek++
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Posted - 11/08/2007 :  6:09:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So you can ID buses in Google Earth :)

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IC
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Posted - 11/08/2007 :  8:08:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by busgeek++

So you can ID buses in Google Earth :)




Or from Fairfax One....the police helicopter.

http://www.photogs-wings.com/images/Police%20Helicopters/Fax-Helo-11-30-take0ff-Landing-01-c.jpg


http://www.photogs-wings.com/images/Police%20Helicopters/Fax-Helo-11-04-take0ff-Landing-03-c.jpg

Note: the chopper's "home" is in the same complex as a major bus garage!

Edited by - IC on 11/08/2007 8:22:21 PM
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 11/09/2007 :  02:59:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Having the number on the roof could help Police locate a certain bus in an emergency where the driver is unable to communicate their location. Such a situation may be a hijacking. Hoping that never happens of course!
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 11/09/2007 :  11:04:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
where is FairFax's major bus lot located at? I have never seen it.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 11/09/2007 :  11:19:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Our buses are parked at many locations. There is no "main" lot. Buses are parked a garages, schools, commuter lots, designated lots, etc. We have over 1,600 buses, so they are parked everywhere.

This question was more suited for the Fairfax County thread.
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IC-RE
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Posted - 11/09/2007 :  3:55:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The largest parking ompund would be Newington Garage, that is where all of the new buses arrive and are prepped before entering service

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 - 11/11/2007 :  06:54:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chesterfield County C2:
http://flickr.com/photos/hokiemimi3/1858549101/
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IC-RE
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Posted - 11/11/2007 :  09:36:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I wonder why Sonny Merryman puts the bus numbers on the passenger side? I noticed that on Loudoun's C2s as well

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 - 11/11/2007 :  10:00:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Spotsylvania's C2's are the same way.
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IC-RE
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Posted - 11/11/2007 :  10:06:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yeah thats why I assume its Sonny Merryman, and not the district

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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BusFreak
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Posted - 11/11/2007 :  11:21:58 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Arlington's new C2s are the same way, so you're right...it must be a Sonny Merryman thing. Arlington's latest C2s (along with Prince William's) also feature the warning lamp visors, and yellow around the last window, and less black around "School Bus" on the front and back. Sonny Merryman might be making their own look with the C2!

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pbfreak30
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USA
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Posted - 11/13/2007 :  8:56:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
our Sonny Merryman C2's have the visors this year,as well as the numbers on the passenger side bumper, as did the ones we got last yr. which in fact we had to have him add the driver side ones because they wernt on there when we got them...and ours this yr also have less black around the SCHOOL BUS lettering on the back, and yellow window posts, and auto tire chains

ARROW transportation RP..the best out there!

Edited by - pbfreak30 on 11/14/2007 2:09:13 PM
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2006bbvision
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107 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2007 :  4:16:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
ICRE1629 When can we see some new photos on your site? I can't wait to see the new ones!
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 11/14/2007 :  5:59:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
An update should be coming. I've been swamped with stuff at work, school and at home. And to top it off, I just bought a car! (see my posts in the Fairfax thread)
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2006bbvision
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107 Posts

Posted - 11/15/2007 :  2:45:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cool I will keep the look out for them soon ICRE1629!!!! and once again Congrats on the NEW RIDE!!!!
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jclick
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Posted - 11/16/2007 :  09:26:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I heard the state was making them add the visors over the lamps. Our C2's in Accomack County have the number on the passenger side also.
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BusFreak
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Posted - 11/16/2007 :  10:42:13 AM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
The state specifications do state that the warning lights must have a hooded assembly. They also state, however, that the bus number be placed on the drivers side of the front bumper. Something else interesting, the state only allows the second stop sign to be placed on type C and D buses of 64 passenger capacity or larger. Arlington has been putting them on all of their buses, even the short SE C2s they have.

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2006bbvision
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USA
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Posted - 11/16/2007 :  2:32:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Check this out, Virginia Beach city schools has a lot of buses for sale on Esurplus.

http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/all,va/auction/view?auc=223746
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BusFreak
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Posted - 11/16/2007 :  2:46:41 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I might add, those are GOOD buses too! It's a shame they are being retired. Those fords were very reliable to the system.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 11/16/2007 :  3:57:27 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I cannot believe Va.Beach is saling that old 177 that was a sweet bus back in the day. That was my last assigned Ford it was a really good bus.

keep those buses rolling
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory
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722
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United States
129 Posts

Posted - 11/17/2007 :  5:39:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Arlington was one of the pilot counties. They installed dual stop signs on all buses purchased in 2006. If you see the new 2007's you will notice that the 54-passengers special needs buses are equipped with only one stop sign.

The warning light hoods and the different paint is because of the revised specifications.
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disneynuts
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USA
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Posted - 11/18/2007 :  1:35:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit disneynuts's Homepage  Reply with Quote
722

In Sept of 05 we took delivery of our # 5 & 9 buses with the two stop signs.

Where you been? Going away for Winter Break?
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2006bbvision
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USA
107 Posts

Posted - 11/19/2007 :  07:22:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree with Bsaund09 the Fords are really good buses, I did not know
Va Beach had early 1990's Thomas Internationals.
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IC RE 1629
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United States
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Posted - 11/19/2007 :  3:52:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Manassas Park bus:
http://flickr.com/photos/20663972@N02/2006910655/

Some VA buses. Not sure of district:
http://flickr.com/photos/8999398@N04/2040835242/
http://flickr.com/photos/8999398@N04/2040835238/in/photostream/
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