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bsaund09
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Posted - 01/15/2008 :  8:35:19 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Rare fine to get the old and new bus side by side. 565 is a '94 the first year of the T-444 some are being replaced this year but will most likely be around a little bit longer.

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2006bbvision
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Posted - 01/16/2008 :  11:13:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you Bsaund09 I just love hearing about Va Beach school bus fleet!!! IT IS SO SAD TO HEAR THAT:( I used to see that bus around, in the Hill top area often! what type were brought in '94? does that bus have air door?

About how many new buses are coming in? It seems as if some of the Blue birds I have seen in Va beach all have air doors, except for the the 95 Internationals with the side exit doors, I have also seen that some of the newer Birds have the Dt466 engine.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 01/17/2008 :  06:36:18 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I think we are getting around 35 C2s most have arrived and then there are 5 or 6 IC buses arriving in the spring. The first air doors in Va Beach were in 1995 but that was only on two of the vista buses(620,621) and then in 1996 all buses were ordered with air doors.

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2006bbvision
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Posted - 01/17/2008 :  10:50:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sounds cool, how come you guys buy more then one manufacture a year? that is cool, but not common for most Va districts they tend to by only one type. But that is one of the main reason why I have loved the Va Beach school bus fleet for so long really diverse fleet, by far best in Hampton Roads and top in the State.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 01/17/2008 :  4:11:37 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
not sure of the answer to that question but the fleet manager is doing an excellent job of keeping us more up to date . the last few years have been strictly Thomas so a change is good I am very glad they got the bluebird visions i think it is a little nicer then the C2.

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2006bbvision
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Posted - 01/17/2008 :  5:16:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You are so right I will choose a Bird over a Thomas any day, that is good that the fleet manager is keeping the options open, I am guessing he is seeing what works best for the drivers, and mechanics' for upcoming purchases. I would love to see Va beach buy more Transit style buses, about how may do you guys operate in the fleet?
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bsaund09
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Posted - 01/18/2008 :  8:16:56 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
we have 7 transits and dont believe we will see anymore anytime soon. they are still required to purchase on competitive bids but with basically only 3 main body companies and chasises things arent that competitive. i think now the main deal is in the options.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 01/26/2008 :  1:59:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I need assistance with some VA Beach buses. I need model years for the following buses:

699
309
80
A512
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bsaund09
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Posted - 01/26/2008 :  11:24:04 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
699 is a FS 65 2004, 309 is a FS 65 2001 , 80 is a FS 65 2000, and A 512 is or was an '89 Ford Bluebird gone to bus heaven.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 01/26/2008 :  11:28:01 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
but the old 309 was a 1985 International BB older one was a 1973 Ford Ward 5spd., the old 80 was a 1982 Ford Bluebird older a 1969 Ford Thomas that might be more then you wanted but interesting.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 01/27/2008 :  08:07:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks bsaund09! Someone sent me photos of those buses. The sender didn't know the correct model years for them.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 01/27/2008 :  12:26:07 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
really that is cool someone else is getting photos from here if you want to sent that person my email stuff maybe we could compare notes by the way really liked seeing those old IHC buses those are really cool i like the ward but most likely because we had some of them.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 01/27/2008 :  1:31:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
bsaund09, send me an email via my website: http://www.atlanticbusyard.com/Pages/Gen/Contact.html, so that I can get your email address. I will then forward it the photographer.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 02/08/2008 :  1:08:14 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
well not having much good luck with the vision they went and got them from the dealership 3 of them after waiting for recall work some yet not completed and when i got in it something did not seem right so discovered two of them were not right and one was so they have once again sent it back. i still like the bus but this is getting old although the bus will stay newer longer by not being used everyday is that a plus?? the new C2s seem to be doing pretty good most of them are now on the road in full service.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 03/10/2008 :  1:03:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been seeing a 90's Carpenter IHC up in the Herndon area, off Centreville Road near West Ox Road. The bus has no markings that I can see. It has the newer Carpenter logo on the roof. It also has two A/C units on the roof. The bus looks to be 64-72 passengers.

Anyone else seen this bus?
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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/10/2008 :  3:33:38 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I saw similiar buses in Va.Beach a few weeks ago they are very shiny. I saw two of them I thought maybe they were from Maryland but i believe they have Va tags. What caught my eye were the ac vents. They were running from Little Creek Navy Base from what I could tell.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 03/10/2008 :  5:02:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
bsaund09, are these Fairfax buses?
http://flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/429426233/
http://flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2322096978/
http://flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/1877661981/
http://flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/762989477/
http://flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/429426231/
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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/10/2008 :  6:20:30 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
no those are all va beach buses but i did post a pic of Fairfax's Bus 078 .i have a few other fairfax shots from a few years ago but not posted yet.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 03/11/2008 :  02:11:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I saw the photo with Bus 78 and others. I can't wait to see the other photos!
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jclick
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Posted - 03/11/2008 :  07:36:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The second picture with bus 417 reminds me of the first bus I rode in 1982 at Plaza Elementary bus 186. It was the same kind of bus.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/11/2008 :  3:39:34 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
that is interesting jclick Bus 186 was a 1977 model and would have been in line behind 203 coming out of princess anne high school. I am trying to remember that drivers name I know her last bus was 692(561,113,186..) she lived over in magic hollow for years. I will work on posting the other fairfax pics the numbers are not that well defined.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 03/11/2008 :  3:41:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bsaund09, in that photo with Fairfax bus 78, can you identify the numbers of the other buses in the photo? I know the bus parked next to 78 is Bus 21. What about the others?
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IC-RE
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Posted - 03/11/2008 :  3:49:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
1629, those numbers are impossible to ID haha! Most are blocked. You can blow up the pic on FLICKR and it is still impossible!

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 - 03/11/2008 :  6:01:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Maybe he had noted them when he took the pic and has it written down somewhere. That is why I asked him. I know you can't see them in the pic....
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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/11/2008 :  6:19:51 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
yes i cant make out those numbers either some of the other photos i make out a couple of numbers not to many sorry about that it was before the digitial camera.

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IC-RE
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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  1:30:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
hey Bsaund09 thanks for the photos!

I KNEW we had Ford Wards for SE at some point in Fairfax. I remember seeing them occasionally.

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 - 03/12/2008 :  2:24:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bsaund09, can you ID the # on the Ward Ford?

According to Bus801, we only had a few of them. Very few. He's been looking for information and hasn't found anything. He's trying to find the model year.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  3:19:39 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
the pic with the little ford from left to right--202,1472,the little ford 320,249,1282,1348

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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  3:28:23 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
the buses next to Bus 78 and 21 are bus 7, 722,cant make out the rest the magnifying glass is helping a little.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  3:31:10 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
the pic with the two thomas transits are left to right 259,the First Transit is or looks like 1468 the second looks like 1672 hard to tell.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  3:35:36 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
the pic with the bluebirds mainly look like 1399 and 1218 the amtran looks like a three digit starting with 8 or 4

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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  3:42:47 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
the pic of the all conventials going from right to left are 1155,989,1160,the ward looks like 1278 not sure about that one the others cant tell.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  4:26:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bsaund09

the pic with the little ford from left to right--202,1472,the little ford 320,249,1282,1348



This would be the pic with the Ward Ford?
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IC-RE
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Posted - 03/12/2008 :  4:37:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Those were all area III buses with the exception of the special ed buses. Where was this? Marshall HS?

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 - 03/12/2008 :  4:58:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah, those pics are Marshall.
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