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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/09/2008 :  5:38:09 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
hey yeah i thought that was bit odd makes you think maybe they were covering something up. This has been a sad day here in va. beach we lost our second driver to a heart attack he was a sped driver and was only 5 days from what would have been his retirement date. It seems this year in all the years I have been with the school divison we lost more active and retired drivers then I can remember but we honor their memory by continuing the job that I know most if not all loved and cared about very much.

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Gini
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Posted - 06/09/2008 :  9:02:28 PM  Show Profile  Send Gini an AOL message  Reply with Quote
sorry to hear your news Brian. what a terrible way to end the year, on such a sad note. it's hard having a year like that.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/12/2008 :  6:23:55 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
well, not to sound down in the mouth but we had a transportation supervisor pass away today we had hoped he was beating the battle what a last week of school this has been. he was a well liked supervisor and showed much interest in his drivers he will be missed.

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Gini
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Posted - 06/13/2008 :  02:35:49 AM  Show Profile  Send Gini an AOL message  Reply with Quote
again Brian, i am sorry to hear about this latest loss that your system is going through. i can't imagine losing so many people from work like that, so close together. i hope this summer will be a time of healing for you.


on a lighter note (hope you don't mind Brian), i was reading about the elementary school down the street from me. they only have 6 bus runs out of the school, most of the kids are walkers, there's even a walkway under the road so the kids across the street can walk safely. yesterday (or the day before), the principal sent all the kids home on buses- due to a bear roaming through the neighborhood! a couple of days ago i received an e-mail notice from the manager of our condos about 3 bear sightings about half a mile from here.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/19/2008 :  1:19:57 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
hey, they VAPT conference wrapped up today I got to drive some shuttles and meet some really nice folks from across the state of Virginia. I did get some pics of the demo buses hope to post soon.

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Posted - 06/20/2008 :  5:31:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bsaund09

hey, they VAPT conference wrapped up today I got to drive some shuttles and meet some really nice folks from across the state of Virginia. I did get some pics of the demo buses hope to post soon.



Hi Brian,

Were you one of the drivers on Tuesday night?, As I rode with several different drivers in both the FS 65's and the C2's. The driver's were very polite and professional. The whole Virginia Beach crew was top notch. You all have a very nice fleet of buses. What does the number 2 mean on the lower panel behind the door ?

Great Job Virginia Beach Drivers......
From one the RED ribbons

722


Edited by - 722 on 06/20/2008 5:32:46 PM
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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/21/2008 :  1:24:54 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
thank you , i was driving Bus 560 the first two days and by wednesday night I was back in my regular 546 the bluebird vision. The number by the door is the team number at the Oceana Garage where all buses are processed when they are new. It does help having the same guys working on the bus they remember it better. Our garage really does a job considering they only have just around 20 stalls to service the entire fleet of school autos.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/21/2008 :  2:09:43 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
the demos http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2598848444/

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 06/21/2008 :  4:11:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The HDX and PWCPS C2 were at Sonny Merryman's Open House at their new Bristow location. I have more photos of those buses.
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IC-RE
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Posted - 06/22/2008 :  1:16:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I believe old Williams Bus 2 is at the bottom of the florida church bus page http://floridachurchbus.com/

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 - 06/22/2008 :  2:22:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks like it. I see old Loudoun 340 on there along with what looks like some old Fauquier Thomas Internationals.
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BusFreak
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Posted - 06/22/2008 :  11:46:05 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Man. All of those Virginia Conventionals, some even from the last 90s, make you realize how behind the times Virginia was in some parts with those stick/hydraulic buses out there. As far as I know, Virginia Beach was among the first districts to spec the diesel/auto/air combo in 1981 with Ford Blue Birds. Fairfax was probably right there with them, but the rest of the state really did fall behind. I'm sure one too many workers comp claims brought them to the modern day of the Allison.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/23/2008 :  04:08:27 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Getting automatics were a huge move for some districts not knowing exactly what to expect. We had a garage supervisor who would not mix a lift and automatic transmission for some reason it wasnt till he was gone Va. Beach bought auto lift buses.I think some just did not think the bus would have power to climb hills/mountains without a manual transmission.

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Gini
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Posted - 06/23/2008 :  3:28:00 PM  Show Profile  Send Gini an AOL message  Reply with Quote
bsaund09- we were told that SpEd didn't get automatics right away cos they were concerned about the E brake & hills, w/ the driver being out of the seat working the lift.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/23/2008 :  5:53:52 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Gini yeah that makes sense we purchased the last stick bus in 1993 which was the last year for hydraulic brakes in Va. Beach. I remember seeing other cities around here with automatic sped buses long before the beach switched to them if I remember correctly the garage boss said it would cause to much strain on the motor{?} not sure why those motors were huge.

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Gini
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Posted - 06/23/2008 :  8:41:50 PM  Show Profile  Send Gini an AOL message  Reply with Quote
SpEd usually got great motors in our buses, if they ordered one powerful enough for the big (3/4) lifts, the same engines went into the half buses as well. my 86 Ford half lift could really take off! surprised a few guys in their trucks when the light would turn green

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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/24/2008 :  08:21:56 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I drove a short Ford Bluebird like 252 pictured on my flicker site and the thing would just zoom off when you gave it the gas that was the first short bus I ever drove . I dont think I ever drove a short gas bus just diesel unless it was at the garage the summer I worked there.

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Gini
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Posted - 06/24/2008 :  4:41:35 PM  Show Profile  Send Gini an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Brian, that sounds like # 1200, my half lift. i drove a Chevette back then, & it was so funny to be driving a school bus that could zoom from a stop when my car couldn't. the half lift gas bus i had before 1200 was fast compared to bigger buses.

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poor_driver
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Posted - 06/26/2008 :  05:48:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
bsaund09

Love your updates. Actually i was looking at your pics when you uploaded to June 26 pics to my surprise!..thanks i must say this is the nicest collection i've seen on the net.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/26/2008 :  2:12:11 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
it is my pleasure,but just a novice with this stuff. thanks for the encouragement.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/20/2008 :  1:04:12 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
They start year-round-school here tomorrow is that to soon or just the way the calendar falls.We start fall football practises the next week. Where do the summers go?

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IC-RE
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Posted - 07/20/2008 :  8:00:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Summer DOES fly!! I start classes at college on Aug. 25, and Fairfax schools will be starting the following week, Sept. 2

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/25/2008 :  1:53:44 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Ok tried something new with the flicker photos for anyone that wants to check the link http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/sets/72157606366598877/

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Gini
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Posted - 07/25/2008 :  8:15:02 PM  Show Profile  Send Gini an AOL message  Reply with Quote
cool! i like having the set to skim thru, & then be able to focus on the few i want to check closer. i also like being able to jump to different buses w/o having to go into a category.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/25/2008 :  9:03:33 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
ok great thanks i am trying to organize since they have gotten to be so many now

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2006bbvision
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Posted - 07/29/2008 :  12:25:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I found this just looking on Youtube this is a short Video from back in the 80's with a Arlington county school bus in I think it is bus 60.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm-1qQDav8w
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 07/29/2008 :  12:29:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bsaund09 I was wondering why does Va beach place the letter ( A) on the buses you guys retire but still keep the oringal number on the bus?

Does the A mean Activity bus? and are the still accountant for in the entire fleet number?
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Bus 801
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Posted - 07/30/2008 :  2:48:33 PM  Show Profile  Send Bus 801 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Does anyone have any old Arlington school bus pictures?

Rob
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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/31/2008 :  03:53:51 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
The A is just away of keeping extra spare buses floating around so that they dont run out because I believe one year they came very close to doing that. The A would indicate that the bus has been replaced by a newer bus. Some of the A buses are actually really good especially those old Fords i dont think they ever really die they just keep moving.

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2006bbvision
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Posted - 08/01/2008 :  09:21:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
BSAUND09:
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 08/01/2008 :  09:32:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
BSAUND09: ON YOUR FLICKER photos Bus 227 I have seen that bus in person parked in Hilltop on time, and I am wondering if the mirrors were retrofitted our did Va Beach purchase the bus like that?
Also I notice in one photo a early 2000's Amtran IHC spec-ed bus How many of those models does va beach have in the fleet? I think it is great to have such a diverse fleet as va beach does I must say seems like the most diverse fleet in the state.

Not a lot of district purchase three different manufactures in one school year.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/01/2008 :  2:39:46 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Bus 227 was converted to those mirrors around 2000 they are heated and not positive if controlled from inside or not if i get a chance maybe i can get pics from the inside. The year those early Amtrans came in were 1998 that was one of those years where they decide they really need to retire some older buses. They bought 4 Amtrans in 1998, 6 in 2002, and 5 more this year or the IC as they are called now. Until they bought the Amtrans in 1998 they had not bought a Ward body bus since 1973.

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BusFreak
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Posted - 08/01/2008 :  10:24:34 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
227 used to park at Luxford Elementary School off of First Colonial road. Brian, any ideas why they decided to retrofit that one bus? it seems to me that the trend of remote rosco mirrors did not catch on, as no other buses in Virginia Beach have the remote mirrors until those new Visions.

PS...Nice pictures on SBC! Loving the interior pictures!

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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/02/2008 :  03:18:42 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
yeah the driver lived near first colonial rd. not sure why they picked that particular bus but those garage supervisors are always getting hit with salesman making a good pitch for something new on the bus. i believe they most likely provided those mirrors either very cheap or free because i dont think they would have bought them for just one bus.

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2006bbvision
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Posted - 08/07/2008 :  11:23:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://pictures.kyozou.com/pictures/_7/6217/6216138.jpg I love this bus !!! I wish these buses were not so rare in are parts.
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