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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 09/05/2008 :  5:01:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
LCPS 60?:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/divrchk/2822678944/

Henrico Co?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hazydaisy01/2820732189/

Something City Public Schools:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/heatherbuettner/2821393794/sizes/o/

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BusFreak
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Posted - 09/05/2008 :  10:20:53 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
That last one is 100% a Chesapeake City Public Schools bus. They were buying Thomas ERs since 92, and only since Virginia started allowing 78 pax conventionals they have been buying Visions.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 09/07/2008 :  2:05:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://www.foxmillfire431.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/.pond/bus_fire_1.jpg.w560h380.jpg

Day care bus in the Herndon, VA area. From Fairfax County Station 31 website.

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poor_driver
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Posted - 09/07/2008 :  5:28:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Question

With Virginia now allowing the 78 passenger conventionals, do you this this is the start of the Transit style fading away? This mostly focusing on the more rural districts because it know with the turing radius that the transits will stay strong in the city.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 09/07/2008 :  5:40:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I believe we may be seeing a decline in Type D bus purchases in Virginia. Even Fairfax is showing a decline in transit purchases by making the decision to purchase Type C buses for our special education office.

Loudoun and Prince William are also purchasing only Type C buses too.
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IC-RE
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Posted - 09/07/2008 :  7:55:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Oh yes!!! Even Williams Bus Lines gets C2's now as opposed to the HDX's it seems, same for IC's... CE's vs. RE's

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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BusFreak
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Posted - 09/08/2008 :  11:21:16 AM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I know that many districts will continue to purchase REs, not for their entire fleet, but as a few "heavier duty" trip buses. York county does this, City of Suffolk does this, and I'm sure that Loudoun will do this as they replace their fleet of Activity buses. Last I heard, Henrico County was getting HDXs along with their C2s. Does anyone know what Richmond City is getting these days? They used to have a TON of Vistas that they were replacing with REs. They used to have some old Thomas ERs too with round head lights, but I'm sure those are long gone.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 09/10/2008 :  6:07:23 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
hey , i have another great classic from the past thanks to one of my co workers pic is of her mom in front of the 1975 Dodge most likely on last of operation with that bus they pulled the last three after the others were spilit into two auctions after bad weather made for a good give away.http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2847340322/

keep those buses rolling
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poor_driver
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Posted - 09/12/2008 :  6:21:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not quite bus freak, Richmond still have a few poking around, mostly as spares i would imagine. I think the last i seen one was a couple of months ago, i believe the guy that runs the florida church bus website has most of them now. I do see alot of Ic Re's up in Richmond City now speckled with vistas here and there.

Petersburg is still running alot of Vistas and the freightliner fs-65 buses
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 09/13/2008 :  09:42:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
School Bus Security:
http://flickr.com/photos/myahcat/2851239037/

Chesterfield 297:
http://flickr.com/photos/41868367@N00/2844189895/in/photostream/

Possible PWCPS:
http://flickr.com/photos/ddalkijane/2837896601/

Edited by - IC RE 1629 on 09/13/2008 09:54:26 AM
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bsaund09
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Posted - 09/13/2008 :  5:07:59 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
New school bus arrivals in va beach http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2853930381/

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pbfreak30
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Posted - 09/13/2008 :  8:35:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
here in bedford, we always have been and always will be 100% conventional, and 100% Thomas...those C2's keep rollin in...Gotta love em

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bsaund09
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Posted - 09/15/2008 :  08:46:13 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Found one of these old Fords the blacked out name was small so not sure of the district.http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2853931159/

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 09/26/2008 :  4:38:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Harrisonburg, VA getting into some trouble:

http://www.whsv.com/news/headlines/16211252.html

http://www.dailynews-record.com/opinion_details.php?AID=31108&CHID=2

Rockingham County as well:

http://www.rocktownweekly.com/news_details.php?AID=30996&CHID=2
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bsaund09
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Posted - 09/28/2008 :  05:51:01 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I guess the bus industry is getting hit hard this week hopefully things will get quiet again. A friend of mine got some cool pics of a great classic Ford Carpartner from the 1970s.Here is the link http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2895142848/

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2006bbvision
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Posted - 09/28/2008 :  5:53:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bsaund09: Love the new update!!!!! Wow I did not know that VA BEACH purchased new visions with the High profile strobe light... Does anyone know why ?Thomas started making every bus with them since like 2004?

Also it looked like bus 268 had one of the strobe light branch protectors on it, does it really have one, our am I just seeing things wrong in the photo?

Went down to Atlanta GA recently Saw a lot of nice IC all over the place, Man cobb county really specs there Ic Re really nice!!! and it seemed the City of Atlanta is 100% Blue bird transit.
once again wonderful add to you photo account.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 09/29/2008 :  05:38:55 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Thanks 2006bbvision , yeah some of the older strobes have tree guards on them not very many. I had just noticed last week that the strobes on the bluebirds were different this year not sure why they made the change .

keep those buses rolling
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pbfreak30
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Posted - 09/29/2008 :  7:50:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 2006bbvision

Bsaund09: Love the new update!!!!! Wow I did not know that VA BEACH purchased new visions with the High profile strobe light... Does anyone know why ?Thomas started making every bus with them since like 2004?





our 04's still had the small strobe...we only got the big ones on the C2

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bsaund09
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Posted - 10/06/2008 :  05:35:10 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
hey , actually got a bus in motion http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2916178812/

keep those buses rolling
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bsaund09
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Posted - 10/24/2008 :  1:37:29 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Look at the Ford Thomas someone posted on flicker from va. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tobysimkin/2968214805/

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vaoverland
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Posted - 10/28/2008 :  6:16:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit vaoverland's Homepage  Send vaoverland an AOL message  Send vaoverland a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Regarding new bus sightings, I am in the Williamsburg area. After a few years of what seemed like mostly type D's being added in the area, for the most recent times, I have seen a lot more type C's again in the mix of what new buses are being purchased by the area school divisions. Mostly, they seem to be IC's.

For what it is worth, I like the appearance of the flat side panels on the IC products a lot better than the fluted ones used in the past.

Wayne's Lifeguard in 1973 was a safety design and building concept ahead of its time and regulation. I am proud to have helped bring over 2,000 of them into Virginia during my career. I know they saved some lives.
http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/WayneBusEnthusiasts/

Mark Fisher, semi-retired school bus driver, pupil transportation supervisor, contractor, and school bus body dealer, Williamsburg, VA

Edited by - vaoverland on 10/28/2008 6:20:18 PM
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 10/30/2008 :  3:04:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I saw something interesting today. I saw a 2002-2004 model IC FE for DC Public Schools. It was a short bus, no bigger then 42 pax. Apparently DC's fleet isn't all Type A & B buses.
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BusFreak
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Posted - 10/30/2008 :  9:02:12 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Something interesting about that particular bus....it doesn't have any roof hatches! They have a few type C buses in the mix as well. They have a nice fleet though!

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Jared
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Posted - 10/31/2008 :  03:10:43 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jared's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BusFreak

Something interesting about that particular bus....it doesn't have any roof hatches! They have a few type C buses in the mix as well. They have a nice fleet though!



I saw a 2003-2007 Thomas Freightliner (I think it was an 8 row bus) with NO roof hatches down at Arundle Mills Mall in maryland. I definitely thought that was strange.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaredg21/sets/
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bsaund09
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Posted - 11/01/2008 :  08:00:46 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
the new bluebird looks like the old VW bus from the 60s and 70s. but i do like the new console looks good.

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Thomas Ford 85-16
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Posted - 11/01/2008 :  12:14:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Thomas Ford 85-16's Homepage  Send Thomas Ford 85-16 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2974464442/

Why are the warning lights not recessed on this HDX? I saw a bus like this in a Thomas ad once, but I thought the lights were not recessed because of some photoshop guy that didn't know much about the HDX. This picture could prove that theory wrong.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 11/01/2008 :  6:54:50 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Not sure exactly but i do know it was one of the orginial HDX buses built. I had not even noticed that my self but they are different.

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BusFreak
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Posted - 11/01/2008 :  7:22:04 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Although it might be an original HDX, that roof cap was used for over a year prior to the HDX on the ER and ERHD, both of which had the recessed warning lamps.

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poor_driver
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Posted - 11/01/2008 :  7:33:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
bsaund09.

Love that old ford pic that Toby shot. Memories!
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tcarson
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Posted - 11/03/2008 :  7:45:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit tcarson's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hanover is about mostly conventionals. This year is/was a IC year with a few 78 passenger IC CE's. Hanover started with using LED's in stop signs last year with our new visions using the traditional 4 bulb signs, but the new CE's have the newer bulkier LED signs that flash "STOP". I am kinda mad because I have only seen one C2 in hanover, for special needs, but this is how hanover tests new buses (they did this with the vision 2 years ago). Maybe we will get a lot of C2s next year as much of our type C's are FS-65s.
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 11/10/2008 :  6:01:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
check this out everyone !!!! A 1985 Ford blue bird from Newport News .. I actually remember this bus it was taken out of service back in 2002 and used as a Fire drill bus for the city.

I still don't know what every happened to this type of numbering system ... Now we start from 1!!!!
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=298095
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 11/10/2008 :  6:10:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
bsaund09. came back to visit back in Hampton Roads area this weekend, and Stayed in Va beach... Love all the new c2's you all have there.

What year is bus 701 ???? That bus looks new?

What are you guys using for spares now?

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bsaund09
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Posted - 11/10/2008 :  7:55:35 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Bus 701 is a 2004. Glad someone likes the C2s although this years batch has turned out pretty good so far. Our spare line are old 94 ,95,96,and 97 internationals. All vistas from 95 have been pulled from service.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 11/11/2008 :  02:39:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Notice something interesting about the 85' BB Ford? Something on that bus is missing, see if you can spot it.
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pbfreak30
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Posted - 11/11/2008 :  05:23:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
the bottom half of the right rear window

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