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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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USA
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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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USA
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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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USA
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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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USA
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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.

1Peter 1:3
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bsaund09
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USA
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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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USA
107 Posts

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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USA
107 Posts

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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USA
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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
Floater 421

http://community.webshots.com/user/bus801

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bsaund09
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USA
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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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USA
107 Posts

Posted - 08/01/2008 :  09:21:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
BSAUND09:
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2006bbvision
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USA
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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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USA
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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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USA
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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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USA
107 Posts

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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poor_driver
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Posted - 08/07/2008 :  4:31:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
bsaund09

Once again love the updates and i have to ask..When were you down my way! nice pics of those Mecklenburg county buses! Last weekend i was in Virginia Beach...around the rosemont drive area. I was helping a friend move last weekend and i remember driving past a local gas station with two Thomas HDXs park right next to it in the grass. I'm supposed to go down there and help finish, when i do i'll give you the numbers off them....maybe you'll know them!
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bsaund09
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USA
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Posted - 08/07/2008 :  6:21:48 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
yes, you are talking about Bus 150 and 301 those are CNG buses and driven by a mother and daugther but they just mainly sit there during the summer monthes. I have family near or in Danville Va. so i am always going up and down Hwy 58 and through modern tech stuff i discovered how close to 58 that garage was so i just took a few shots would have gotten more but that is a very narrow road.

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IC RE 1629
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United States
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Posted - 08/07/2008 :  6:31:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I visited the Sonny Merryman shop in Bristow yesterday and a question came up. Are noise cancel switches now a VA regulation? I noticed all the 2009 Thomas's parked at Sonny Merryman's had it. Also, every one of our 2009 IC's in Fairfax have it as well. Are they required now?
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bsaund09
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USA
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Posted - 08/07/2008 :  8:51:14 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Not sure if they are required but all Va. Beach school buses last year came in with that on them . It might be something suggested by insurance companies who insure the fleets of the state to help the drivers control the situation on the bus especially at railroad crossing and then if there might happen to be an incidient on the bus. Very good question.

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poor_driver
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Posted - 08/10/2008 :  1:00:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm glad you know where i'm talking about because i sure couldn't explain it no better! haha. Yeah Mecklenburgs shop is located in Boyton Va and in order to get to it yea you have to go on that narrow "better watch out" road. Do you know where Southhampton, Greensville and Halifax yard is located?

That's interesting. Prince William and Halifax County activity buses are the same color and spec.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/10/2008 :  4:04:04 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
i use to know where the southhampton yard was a few years back but has been a while going by there. I am not sure about the others. they use to be located outside of Courtland i think.

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bsaund09
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USA
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Posted - 08/11/2008 :  6:27:17 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
check out this classic school bus http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2755251288/

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2006bbvision
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USA
107 Posts

Posted - 08/13/2008 :  10:23:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
BSAUD09 : Just out of curiosity how many type A buses does Va Beach have in it's fleet? And when is the first year you guys started purchasing them? And the same for the GMC Cv200 it is kind of rare to see the later 2000's models in va period.
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2006bbvision
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USA
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Posted - 08/13/2008 :  10:37:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
BSAUD09 : Just out of curiosity how many type A buses does Va Beach have in it's fleet? And when is the first year you guys started purchasing them? And the same for the GMC Cv200 it is kind of rare to see the later 2000's models in va period.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/13/2008 :  1:52:46 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
The A type we have 7 schoolbus and 16 white activity. The GMCs we had about 23 or so in 1998 and 2002 i think the number was 32 i will have to double check.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/13/2008 :  1:55:15 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
The first A type was Bus 522 (first AC bus) that was a 1990 Bluebird Chevy no pic it just sort of dissappeared.

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2006bbvision
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USA
107 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2008 :  11:06:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bsaund09:
Thank you so much for all the information!!! I just love hearing information about Va Beach fleet. I remember when I was in High School I just to see Va Beach buses in Newport News From time to time, and loved to see all the different models you all have in the fleet.

So I take it that 522 being a 1990 should be retired at this time?????

So anybody start receiving new buses yet for this school year?

From what I hear Newports News should be getting theirs Next week some time kind of a large order this year.
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bsaund09
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USA
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Posted - 08/14/2008 :  12:06:26 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
i have no clue what happen to 522 it dissappeared they replaced after the trading of buses and never saw it on govt surplus auctions so they may have donated to the fire dept. sometimes they do that .This is going to be bumpy school year from what i understand the budget cutting axe came down yesterday huge changes in offering transportation to different programs.

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2006bbvision
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USA
107 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2008 :  2:02:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tell me about Bsaund09, Newport Nes has taken atleast 30-35 buses out of service just to cut cost and stoped a lot of programs after school. Now I think the fleet total is 414-418 something like that.
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VAdriver
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USA
135 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2008 :  6:09:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I haven't posted in quite a while. I drive for Loudoun and was just assigned a 2009 C2 for the coming school year. It is an 84 passenger and looks so much smaller than the Thomas HDX I have been driving the last few years. I was able to see the new bus yesterday and was a little dismayed at how narrow the center aisle is. I'm not a particularly large person and I had to walk sideways down the aisle. All of the 2009 buses for Loudoun have seat belts.
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IC RE 1629
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United States
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Posted - 08/14/2008 :  6:12:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
VAdriver, what bus number are you? I have some photos of Loudoun's new C2's. See my What's New? page.

http://atlanticbusyard.com/
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VAdriver
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USA
135 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2008 :  6:26:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I will be driving Bus #175
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VAdriver
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USA
135 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2008 :  6:35:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have not driven the bus yet, but just from sitting in the driver's seat, there are things that I already like. I really like the fact that all of the operational switches are on one side. On my HDX I had to reach to the right to activate my lights. There is also a foot pedal that raises and lowers the steering wheel. I also really like the handle on the outside of the passenger door.
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