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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 08/14/2008 :  8:00:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How many 2009 C2's did Loudoun buy? It seems the've been coming in since May. I got to view one of there new ones in May (177) before it was delivered. I also viewed another one (260) awaiting delivery about 2 weeks ago. Seems like a long time for all the buses to be delivered.

In Fairfax, all of our new buses (typically over 100+) are delivered and in service within 2-3 months. We always get our new buses at the same time of year too. Every spring, from April to June.

Loudoun must get new buses throughout the year. I visited the Leesburg compound in October and two brand new IC CE's were there. They had just been delivered and were about to be put in service. VAdriver, does this sound about true?

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VAdriver
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Posted - 08/14/2008 :  9:26:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Since I drive out of the western part of the county, I'm not sure how many and how often the new buses are received. I do know that the majority of the new buses are received towards the end of the school year and are prepped during the summer and assigned to drivers before school starts. When I was at the Leesburg garage yesterday, there were approximately 40 new C2's, but I'm sure that more than that have been ordered or delivered.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 08/15/2008 :  05:48:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
VAdriver, go to my website's contact page, and send me an email.
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IC
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Posted - 08/15/2008 :  07:40:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey VAdriver, glad you're back!

I'm still at it....last day of summer school today.

Did you want the C2, or is it like Fairfax where if you indicate that you want an upgrade...you HAVE to take it? I believe I'd have kept the HDX....if I had a choice.

Don't be a stranger!
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 08/15/2008 :  07:47:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So is loudon county only buying cs's now? no more tranist's?
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 08/15/2008 :  08:02:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To my knowledge, only 2009 C2's were purchased. No transits for the 2009 model year. It also appears that there contract with IC is over. To my knowledge no IC products were purchased in the 2009 model year.
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VAdriver
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Posted - 08/15/2008 :  09:17:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As far as I know, Loudoun only ordered Thomas buses this year, and only the C2's. I did not ask for the new bus, and from my understanding of what we were told at our in-service meeting, is that the new C2's, which all have seat belts, are being assigned to the drivers who have stops on the higher-speed roads. Since I have multiple stops on Rt. 287 (Berlin Turnpike), I'm one of the lucky ones! We are not allowed to 'require' the use of the seat belts, so it will be interesting to see how many actually will. I've been driving a transit for so long, it's going to be interesting driving a conventional again. I think the biggest issue is going to be the narrow aisleway. I'm going to miss my HDX, but it had it's own set of issues!
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 08/15/2008 :  10:35:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
VAdriver, do any of your routes go down Ivandale Rd in Hamilton?

Do any of Loudoun's buses have strobing warning lights? I know many of the new ones have LED warning lights, but do they strobe like the ones on FCPS buses?

VAdriver, go to my website's contact page and send me an email.

Edited by - IC RE 1629 on 08/15/2008 10:36:31 AM
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VAdriver
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Posted - 08/15/2008 :  2:10:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We do have buses that go down Ivandale, but mine does not. My route is on the other end of the western area, in Lovettsville. With all the new buses in the last year or so, I have no idea which bus or buses it would be. If you want to know which buses go down there, you can check on http://cmsweb1.loudoun.k12.va.us/50910069104712/site/default.asp and on the left side click on Bus Runs By School. I don't think the site has been updated with the new route information, but it should be there soon.


I'm fairly sure that the newer buses have the strobing lights, but I'm not positive.
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722
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Posted - 08/15/2008 :  6:54:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
All LED C2's can be set to strobe flash with a flick of the switch on the back of the light housing. Arlington County just took delivery of 10 with strobing LED warning lights and five with a LED strobing stop sign that is different from the LED stop sign that flashes STOP. All of them had the new (optional) lettering on the rear door STOP WHEN RED LIGHTS FLASH.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 08/15/2008 :  7:58:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I know they can be set to strobe, I'm just wondering if Loudoun has exercised that option...
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BusFreak
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Posted - 08/15/2008 :  8:59:57 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
That would be the first time that Arlington has had that option set on a Thomas. They've had the LED warning lights since 06, and only the IC REs have the strobing feature turned on. All of the ERs and C2s with LEDs have the regular flash pattern. I'm excited to see the new C2s (which were not featured at the Fair BTW).

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722
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Posted - 08/17/2008 :  1:49:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by IC RE 1629

I know they can be set to strobe, I'm just wondering if Loudoun has exercised that option...

I know you like to take picures, so I thought you might have wanted to know.
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722
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Posted - 08/17/2008 :  1:53:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BusFreak

That would be the first time that Arlington has had that option set on a Thomas. They've had the LED warning lights since 06, and only the IC REs have the strobing feature turned on. All of the ERs and C2s with LEDs have the regular flash pattern. I'm excited to see the new C2s (which were not featured at the Fair BTW).

I would guess it was a budget issue for not being on display. I like seeing the new buses annually there.
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 08/20/2008 :  09:05:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://media.photobucket.com/image/school%20bus/timaaaaa93/DSC_0115.jpg?o=215
This look's like a VA bus... Any info let me know.
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BusFreak
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Posted - 08/20/2008 :  11:05:00 AM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Harrisonburg City Public Schools I believe.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 08/20/2008 :  11:19:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does Harrisonburg City Public Schools have IC transits?
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BusFreak
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Posted - 08/20/2008 :  12:50:34 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Yes. That's why I believe it is from Harrisonburg. They have IC transits that look just like the one in the picture....A/C and all.

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IC-RE
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Posted - 08/20/2008 :  2:02:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
And you can tell by the font of the numbers that it is from Kingmor

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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LBDboater
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Posted - 08/20/2008 :  6:16:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Harrisonburg City Schools bus on Port Republic Road right by the campus.
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 08/21/2008 :  04:54:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Guys for all the info!!!!! A really nice specd bus!
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vabuslover
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Posted - 08/22/2008 :  1:35:25 PM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
2006bbvision, do you happen to know what kind of new buses Newport News will be getting this year, or anything about them?
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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/22/2008 :  2:32:30 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
These just arrived this week http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2787237917/

keep those buses rolling
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory
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IC-RE
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Posted - 08/22/2008 :  2:36:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wow very nice!

How is your birdy doing?

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/22/2008 :  6:17:06 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
it is doing great has only been to the garage once all summer for regular check up . it is much nicer then that other stuff they got. those are going to be some lucky sped drivers i dont think we have ever gotten a sped with two roof vents plus all them have ac.

keep those buses rolling
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory
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IC-RE
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Posted - 08/23/2008 :  3:21:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That's awesome to hear! Does your bus not have a/c?

check out floridachurchbus.com they have a few Loudoun buses on there... 21, and 175 and they used to have a mini bus

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/23/2008 :  7:13:21 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
No ac on regular buses in va beach .

keep those buses rolling
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory
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pbfreak30
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Posted - 08/23/2008 :  7:37:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
anyone seen any of the new deliveries for Bedford County, i havent yet, and was wondering if they are spec'd the same as last year

ARROW transportation RP..the best out there!
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pbfreak30
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Posted - 08/25/2008 :  12:46:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
well school started today..and to my surprise, the 2 buses i ride are both C2's!! one is an 07, and the other is a brand new 2009 model...some notes about the new model...almost identical to last years bus...the only difference is that ours now have the cummins engine, which is louder than the MBE...and the auxiliary fans kick on frequently which makes it sound like the engine is either A: a jet ..or B: revving to 9000 RPM's but both are still very nice buses..i just perfer the MBE engine

ARROW transportation RP..the best out there!
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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/26/2008 :  8:12:17 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
hey another cool find thanks to a fellow driver enjoy http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2801121603/ it is a great pic.

keep those buses rolling
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory
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bsaund09
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Posted - 09/03/2008 :  08:46:15 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Well, 182 days and counting who wants to join in. It ought to be easier then that to get a first day of school going but i guess we faired pretty good we did not make the national news anyway.

keep those buses rolling
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 09/03/2008 :  3:23:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michael Lundsford of Loudoun County Public Schools:
http://www.loudountimes.com/news/2008/sep/03/driver-director-40-years/
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IC
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Posted - 09/03/2008 :  5:13:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by IC RE 1629

Michael Lundsford of Loudoun County Public Schools:
http://www.loudountimes.com/news/2008/sep/03/driver-director-40-years/





"Lunsford remembers when he started out as abus driver, gas was only 36 cents a gallon."

The guy must be talking about high-test....I'm his exact same age age and I remember 27 cents a gallon when I started driving. And that was the name brand stuff...Brand X was even cheaper, like about 24 cents....
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 09/04/2008 :  4:07:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
vabuslover Newport News city schools purchased about 25 IC-Ce unfortunately again this year we retired most of the 94's Tc-2000 RE's and some Fe's.
I will try to get some pictures when I go back home.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 09/05/2008 :  4:56:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Va Bus 294:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebracefamily/2824145267/sizes/o/
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