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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/17/2008 :  2:54:05 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
The Hampton Roads area of Virginia holds a regional roadeo with most major cities and counties competing as well as Transquest a private school bus contractor. The Virginia Beach Schools took home 4 of the top 6 positions I wasnt there because I was near Richmond last week. I look forward to seeing your pics the state roadeo will be held here in Va. Beach.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/18/2008 :  09:03:57 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
found an odd Thomas Body http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2501634831/

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 05/18/2008 :  10:08:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I assume these are Loudoun buses?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2502463422/in/photostream/

Also, what county has Bus 00?

Lastly, why are Henrico's bus numbers so high?
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Drew19
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Posted - 05/18/2008 :  10:39:54 AM  Show Profile  Send Drew19 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by IC RE 1629

I assume these are Loudoun buses?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2502463422/in/photostream/

Also, what county has Bus 00?

Lastly, why are Henrico's bus numbers so high?



542 looks like a loudoun bus.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/18/2008 :  11:24:23 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Yes, Loudoun County buses and the 00 is from Ludenburg County 2 buses only in the county with one driver they are near Farmville Va. The Henirco number may just be a number some places use all school board vehicles in the same number pattern Chesapeake and Norfolk did at one time .

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 05/18/2008 :  11:39:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ludenberg County only has two buses?
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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/18/2008 :  11:58:15 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
well according to the driver and he seem pretty reliable the bus 00 is there activity bus so I am thinking they have an older bus they use on routes but he is the only driver .I checked the county website they claim to be the mother county of all counties in virginia they have an interesting history .

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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/18/2008 :  1:40:32 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Did you notice the marker on the side of the Henrico Bus 1996 with the no. 207 in the window maybe that means something unless it is just a radio bus.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 05/18/2008 :  2:01:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What do you mean by radio bus?

This bus (#90) is from Pennsylvania. Greencastle Antrim School District is based in Greencastle, PA. I've got photos of one of there other buses on my site.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2423204262/

One of their other buses:
http://www.atlanticbusyard.com/Pages/IC/3231.html

I have more photos of theirs to post later.

Edited by - IC RE 1629 on 05/18/2008 2:06:57 PM
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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/18/2008 :  2:48:56 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
cool i can change that i thought with the big lettering it was maryland thanks. A radio bus is a standby driver or on call.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 05/18/2008 :  4:40:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've never heard that term before. Here a bus on standby is simply a "standby driver".

See the post I made about Greencastle Antrim in the PA thread.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/18/2008 :  5:14:37 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Hey , yes just saw the post . Some of the school systems use the term radio bus I think standby is the more commonly used term but radio bus is used to.

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poor_driver
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Posted - 05/19/2008 :  11:47:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lunenburg county has a fleet of school buses mostly thomas. Now they are buying Ic. What i think bsaund09 was saying is that Lunenburg dosen't have a specific (painted) activity bus. They have two regular school buses with the luggage bays underneath that they use for in regular service and for trips. Not many virginia counties are buying buses specifically for activity runs anymore, though that was a big thing in Va back in the 80's and early 90's.

The only counties that still runs a bus specifically designated for activities that i'm familiar with are:
Powhatan
Nottoway
Buckingham
Prince Edward (sometimes because its' an old 93 Vista)
Campbell (sometimes because they are old the last time i've seen them)
Loundun (northern VA)
Halifax (uses them heavily. they have alot)
and i think Surry county has one.

If you are wondering about school districts with activity buses, check out North Carolina...they are full of them. I'm not the Virgina bus expert so if i'm wrong or left out anything, kindly let me know. Though i am pretty familiar with the districts below the capital city to the NC state line.

Edited by - poor_driver on 05/19/2008 3:40:28 PM
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pbfreak30
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Posted - 05/19/2008 :  1:26:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i do believe Lynchburg City still runs at least one A-bus..i know here in Bedford, we have a driver at each of th high schools that does all the sports trips and such, and they get a new bus every year..so we just run the newest C2's as our activity buses

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 05/19/2008 :  1:36:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Prince William has atleast one C2 activity bus.
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disneynuts
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Posted - 05/19/2008 :  1:52:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit disneynuts's Homepage  Reply with Quote
bsaund09

Can you give me more info on Transquest? How many buses, what types, what services do they provide?

I can't find anything about them on the web.

Thanks

Rick
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 05/19/2008 :  2:33:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is anyone here going to Sonny Merryman's open house at their new Bristow, VA location? The event is 9am to 7pm on May 29th. I'll be heading down after my morning runs since I'm only a couple of miles away where my bus is parked. They will have 8-10 new Thomas school buses there. I'll get pics of the event and post it on my site.

I also just added 3 Spotsylvania buses to my website. One highlight is a 1997 Thomas International with Manual Transmission and Hydraulic Brakes!

Edited by - IC RE 1629 on 05/19/2008 3:39:01 PM
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poor_driver
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Posted - 05/19/2008 :  3:38:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yep that's who i forgot Lynchburg and Danville...thankyou for telling me about Prince William for i'm not really familiar with them. Thanks
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BusFreak
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Posted - 05/19/2008 :  5:41:59 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Virginia Beach also has activity buses, but they are small buses, with one seat removed to make them carry few enough passengers that the driver does not need a CDL

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2006bbvision
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Posted - 05/20/2008 :  8:09:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Newport News city still has some late like 89-90 Blue Birds Activity van buses but most were replaced with 2008 IC BE's last year , they hardly use them, I think one only has like 3500 miles on them. think they will never see 100,000 in there life time.
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 05/20/2008 :  8:12:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Newport News city still has some late like 89-90 Blue Birds Activity van buses but most were replaced with 2008 IC BE's last year , they hardly use them, I think one only has like 3500 miles on them. think they will never see 100,000 in there life time.
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poor_driver
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Posted - 05/21/2008 :  11:48:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Did some checking Petersburg has some type "A" activity buses also. I'm glad everybody chippin in with the info!
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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/28/2008 :  3:45:27 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
more pics added to my flicker photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory hopefully that link will work.

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BusFreak
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Posted - 05/28/2008 :  6:31:04 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Brian, Where are all of those AWESOME pictures taken? One looks like the guard show at Western Branch! I'd love to know if any of those "rural" C2s are equipt with the manual transmission deduct option, such as the Nelson County or the Matthews County ones.

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poor_driver
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Posted - 05/28/2008 :  8:17:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks like some of them were taken at a rodeo and the others at Kings Dominion amusement park
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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/30/2008 :  1:28:11 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
poor driver guess pretty well they were also taken at a track meet in fork union.

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IC-RE
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Posted - 05/30/2008 :  4:38:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Former Loudoun? type A Mid-bus http://www.floridachurchbus.com/99m5321gmcth4row/two.html

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 - 05/31/2008 :  08:35:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is a former Loudoun bus. I have a photo of that bus when it was in service back in October of 2007.
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 06/02/2008 :  07:45:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Why did they retire this bus so soon? It is only a 1999, very odd for a VA bus.
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 06/02/2008 :  08:08:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
WOW I must say I did not know Chesterfield county had such a large Varity of buses in their fleet. Does anyone know the history of their fleet.
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pbfreak30
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Posted - 06/02/2008 :  2:44:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
well i am by no means a C'field expert, but from what i've seen, they have like 2 million Vistas, thomas FE's, Thomas C2's among others

ARROW transportation RP..the best out there!
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poor_driver
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Posted - 06/04/2008 :  6:08:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yea chesterfield (from my experience) During the 90's up to about last year ran a mixed fleet from special needs Ford Wards to regular route Thomas GMCs to Vistas for example. Now they're beginning to phase out their vistas with the Thomas efs. Most of their special need buses are either thomas freightliners (not c2s) and the remaining "shorty" vistas. Their gmcs are gone now but they still have alot of vistas. They have been replacing the 64 passengers with either Ic CEs or Bluebird Visions which are very long so i'm thinking it's of the 78 pass variety. I too am not the chesterfield expert, just want to share what i know from my travels

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2006bbvision
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Posted - 06/05/2008 :  04:14:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well Thank you for all the info! I do like the way there fleet is really mixed!

New Kent county has some old 1990 Thomas GMC'S on Publuic surplus for sale.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/08/2008 :  12:08:36 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
still adding pics not sure where this will stop http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory

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poor_driver
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Posted - 06/09/2008 :  5:07:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i like that black grill on that chesepeake bus 185
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