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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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USA
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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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United States
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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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USA
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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.

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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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USA
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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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United States
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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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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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United States
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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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USA
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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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United States
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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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USA
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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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USA
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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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United States
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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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USA
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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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United States
5097 Posts

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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