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jclick
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Posted - 03/13/2008 :  11:23:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by bsaund09

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.



Yeah, I road 186 home from Kindergarten which at the time was half day so that put her at Plaza around noon. As a walker, I didn't have the luxury of riding the bus to school in the mornings that year or any at all after Kindergarten. At one point I know we had a bus 400, 35, and a 45. I remember 45 getting rear-ended on Lamplight lane one time while it was parked overnight.
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bsaund09
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USA
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Posted - 03/13/2008 :  12:12:54 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
JClick that is cool yeah 400 was Irene Williams her buses were (400,119,6,and 211) sadly she has passed away in the last year or so. the other one is 35 that would have been Sue Tatem she still drives but out near pungo and i think she is retired driving her regular routes she had 321 before 35 after that it was 109,556,652,672,335,and present day 705 she drives a lot these days. I am not sure about 45 i know it was from Kempsville orginnaly and got passed around a lot there for a while those 79 fords you had to love them to drive them. That is pretty cool remembering that stuff i try to recount drivers and there old numbers some of them dont even remember.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 03/20/2008 :  4:45:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ridireacht/2346821046/

Virginia bus. I'm thinking this may be the bus that I often see where I work.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/20/2008 :  7:11:33 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
so is that like an old prince william county bus.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 03/22/2008 :  1:09:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It looks like Fauquier County has Thomas C2's now. I saw two of them on the road on Thursday. Now I know the following districts have them:

Loudoun County
Falls Church City
Prince William County
Spotsylvania County
Page County
Arlington County
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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/22/2008 :  1:56:07 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Most districts around have a least one that or the ICs .It is cool though how they change the paint job makes it very easy to tell which ones are the 08s.The look this year makes look a little more shall we say "Classic Thomas Body" although the square look is all wayne style.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 03/22/2008 :  3:01:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How are the 08's easily determined? Can you better explain that?
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pbfreak30
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Posted - 03/22/2008 :  3:12:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
well here in Bedford county, our 08's have yellow window posts, as opposed to all black and more yellow around the lights on the back, as well as warning light covers

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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/23/2008 :  05:42:23 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
yes pbfreak30 is right all the new C2s in virginia this year have that same look. Last year they all had the black lining across the top in the front and in the rear this year it is mainly yellow with covered warning lights.One weird thing i noticed Norfolk and Va Beach have some buses just a like (417 looks exactly the same expect for the name on the side).The only minor difference would be antennas for the radios.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/23/2008 :  08:51:00 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
IC RE 1629 I have a photo of the C2 from last year and this year. It is the one with 206 and 421 that is posted on flicker.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 03/23/2008 :  09:08:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you bsaund09!
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 03/26/2008 :  3:58:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Virginia buses:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7735239@N02/2357500534/sizes/o/
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IC-RE
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Posted - 03/27/2008 :  10:02:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice little VA Blue Bird TC2000 for sale
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1992-BLUE-BIRD-SCHOOL-BUS-20-PASSENGER-NR_W0QQitemZ150230093317QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item150230093317

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/27/2008 :  4:32:05 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
very nice i have noticed lynchburg public schools auctioning there buses on ebay . it must work for them they only did one or two at a time.

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IC-RE
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Posted - 03/28/2008 :  1:29:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes I saw that too, seems like an ok idea. Do they have a large fleet?

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/29/2008 :  12:59:00 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I dont think so unless they are merged with Campbell County that I am not to sure about. I noticed the two what look to be Crown/Carp Internationals again going down the interstate near Norfolk they might be owned by Charter Bus services there lot is really small blocked off so no real way to tell. I posted a few more pics on flicker some i forgot i had. Chesapeake Schools are auctioning a 1973 Ford Wayne on public surplus wish they had kept it a little more yellow but vintage none the less.

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BusFreak
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Posted - 04/14/2008 :  3:47:11 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I just downloaded the 07-08 pricing schedules for Virginia from all of the major bus manufacturers, and found some things interesting! First of all, the standard engine in IC CEs is the MaxxForce 7...even on the big buses! They can crank those things up to some serious horsepower though, topping on the pricing schedule at 245HP.

Thomas STILL offers the manual transmission option, for appx $1100 deduct from the base price of the C2. I have yet to see one of these, but it certainly was an option on the bid.

Blue Bird (Commonwealth) did not offer any transit options this year. The only pricing they put out was for Visions. I wonder if this is a player in the reason IC won the contract again for Fairfax. No FEs or REs were listed on the pricing schedule.

Cummins was bid as the standard engine in the Thomas C2 this year, and not the MBE904. The 904 wasn't even an option, as the 6 cylinder 906 is a slight upgrade from the Cummins.

I just found these items interesting.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 04/14/2008 :  4:22:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
BusFreak, is that pricing schedule avaliable online somewhere?
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poor_driver
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Posted - 04/18/2008 :  10:46:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lynchburg and Campbell are still seperate
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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/19/2008 :  5:57:42 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Good evening folks I have posted more pics on flicker today I had an interesting fine on Friday with the help of a co-driver friend. I was shocked how much was still in tact.

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BusFreak
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Posted - 04/22/2008 :  8:43:38 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I saw a Fauquier County C2 on the road today. This is significant because Fauquier has been 100% International for YEARS. I've never seen a non International bus from that district, although they have something from every make out there...including Carpenter! Also, lot's of Stick Shifts still floating around out in those parts. I don't believe they switched to Automatics untill the early 2000s, when they purchased AmTran ICs (the CE predecessor).

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pbfreak30
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Posted - 04/25/2008 :  1:25:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yea i was also told that when we got the bid back in from Sonny Merryman, that the Cummins was the engine, which i dont mind, but the Benz is better from what our drivers say. I not sure exactly what price they got on these buses, but we are supposed to get the majority of the vistas off of routes...i had heard we were getting between 40 and 50 C2's this year, which will get a chunk of the Vistas off, but not all of them.

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BusFreak
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Posted - 04/25/2008 :  8:57:11 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Looking at the bid closer, the 4 cylinder MBE was not even priced, and set to N/A. I think that was the engine that would have outpriced the ISB, however since the 4cyl wasn't even bid out, the ISB is the next cheapest! At this point though, I'd guess that plenty of mechanics have fallen in love with the reliability of the MBE engine, that most districts would go ahead and pay a little more for the upgrade.

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origcharger
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Posted - 04/26/2008 :  04:53:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The new emissions MBEs have been troublesome, excessive oil consumption a frequent complaint. Our Thomas dealer is now pushing the Cummins as they seem to have the new emission bugs worked out in comparison to the MBE.

Operating; Seven T444Es, One MaxxForce 7, One VT365, Four DT466s, One E-450 6.0 and one Mercedes in a C2.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/26/2008 :  08:26:43 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Our(VB) C2s all had the Cummins in them I believe the heating issues have been a complaint by the drivers during the winter not sure if that might have prompted the change from the MB motors.

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poor_driver
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Posted - 05/08/2008 :  4:41:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Virginia sure has had quite a few school bus accidents in the past couple of days...two in Chesterfield county on the same day (May 6 i think). Amelia County in which the motorist that hit the bus died (i believe that was on the 6th also). Then today a Charlotte County bus ran off the road killing the bus driver. I believe the driver had some complications because the news said that the kids saw the driver slump over the wheels prior to her running off the road. In all of these cases none of the kids were seriously hurt.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/14/2008 :  08:52:57 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
this is the link http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2490055422/ orhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2482936481/

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BusFreak
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Posted - 05/14/2008 :  3:44:47 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I want to know who has bus "00" Is that a beach bus?

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poor_driver
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Posted - 05/14/2008 :  4:40:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
bsaund09

Love your school bus history pics. So many memories. I would like to share photos from my area but i'm shy. Don't want the people to think i'm some sort of terrorist or something crazy from walking around taking pics of school buses.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/14/2008 :  6:11:58 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Thanks , the collection of photos fell togather I have many more not yet published. I try to take photos without many people around but sometimes that cannot be helped. If I had known computers and the web were going to be so big and easy to use i might would have invested my time and engry into buses of the past but they are gone or all chopped up now so we collect what we have now and move on.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/15/2008 :  7:58:01 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
remember these in virginiahttp://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2496297942/

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poor_driver
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Posted - 05/16/2008 :  07:40:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yep i remember those..We had the Thomas style "round" here! man ....you're finding those golden jems!

Hey, when did it change from Princess Anne County Public Schools to Virginia Beach City or City of Virginia Beach public schools? I remember when Suffolk city schools had Nasemond County on the side of their buses..that was years ago.

Edited by - poor_driver on 05/16/2008 07:46:40 AM
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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/16/2008 :  09:52:29 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
The Princess Anne County combined with city services in 1963 which is considered the year Va. Beach got on map you might say. I am sure they shared services before that year.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/17/2008 :  11:50:06 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Rare to see a Ford like this on ebay or anywhere http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1987-Ford-B700-Yellow-School-Bus_W0QQitemZ160241090202QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item160241090202&

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 05/17/2008 :  2:29:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Went to the Spotsylvania County roadeo. Stafford County also participated. A full report and photos will be posted on my website in the next few days.
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