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pbfreak30
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USA
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Posted - 09/29/2008 :  7:50:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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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/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory
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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.
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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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bsaund09
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Posted - 11/11/2008 :  05:36:07 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
that is a good eye the other thing that is weird is no reflective tape around the bus but that wasnt required until 1993 or 4 for most buses.

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2006bbvision
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Posted - 11/11/2008 :  09:41:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

bsaund09.
Thanks for the reply!!!!

I did not know 701 was a 2004 looks really like an 2006.
Is there anyway you can tell me the entire bus purchase history since 1994? meaning what models were purchased on those years.

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2006bbvision
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Posted - 11/11/2008 :  09:46:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Why did you guys take all the vistas out of service?
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IC-RE
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Posted - 11/11/2008 :  12:16:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That and there are only 2 tail lights on the back!

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 11/11/2008 :  1:45:10 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
2006bbvision that is simple we were mainly thomas,bluebird,amtran -- international,gmc,and lots of FS-65s in those years from 03 till 06 basically all we got were FS 65s the 99s were spilit FS65s and gmc bb , then in 02 it was gmc bb and ic s basically . they only varied a couple of times.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 11/11/2008 :  4:18:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Correct IC-RE! Two tail/brake lights are missing!
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pbfreak30
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Posted - 11/11/2008 :  8:42:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i wondered bout those tail lights, but when i zoomed in it looked like they might just be small, dirty reverse lights..as those are the lights that are missing

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bsaund09
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Posted - 11/12/2008 :  06:22:04 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
i am sure they werent concern over the way it looked as it most likely just sat and never really got driven. i remember when va beach at one time auctioned school buses with just 2 tires in the back talk about squeezing the buck out of it and many auctions they removed all rear view mirrors i guess for stock purposes.

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vabuslover
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Posted - 11/12/2008 :  06:24:45 AM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
2006bbvision, why was it that just before they retired those buses they put an extra 1 before the bus number? what was that supposed to indicate?
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2006bbvision
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Posted - 11/12/2008 :  1:22:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Vabuslover

That is a really,really good question, I am not one hundred percent sure why, But I am guessing is has something to do with the team it goes to, and what fleet belongs to at that time.

You see Newport News has a white fleet which services all the activity van and type c buses, all the New horizon votech buses, even the Department of Human affairs head start program buses.

Now the regular fleet of course goes to be service at 1 our of three lots, just depends on the bus number and team it is on.

But that bus is now a 2000 sp ed International 72 pass Amtran Fe , Really nicely specd bus to I might add.!!!!

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2006bbvision
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Posted - 11/12/2008 :  1:25:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Actually correction.... bus 155 is only a seats 65 I think...space for 2 wheel chairs though.
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2006bbvision
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USA
107 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2008 :  08:02:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I thought this would be a nice topic to put up, I am only really interested in knowing about the state of Virginia fleets, what is the oldest bus your county,city,town,etc, currently have still in service ? meaning used on a regular route, our used as a spare for a sub or activity.

Please also list what type,year and unit number!!!!!

Look forwarded to seeing all you guys and girls reply's !

Thanks
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pbfreak30
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Posted - 11/14/2008 :  04:13:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
bedford county- 1994 Vista..several of them just retired the last of our 88-92 fords and our 93 vistas this year

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Kodie
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Posted - 11/14/2008 :  3:58:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJQ_iZczWRE&feature=related Looking through youtube I came across this video.. might this be a Fairfax RE? Its definately brand new.

Hopefully this link wasnt already posted, I didnt see it. Sorry if someone else already posted it.
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IC-RE
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Posted - 11/15/2008 :  12:15:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes that is

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 - 11/15/2008 :  09:04:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yep. 1839 is one of our 2009 IC RE's. I believe someone else or even myself posted that link awhile back in the Fairfax thread. But thank you Kodie!
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Kodie
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Posted - 11/15/2008 :  12:04:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You're very welcome. Im glad to see new buses on the road, especially when they are as nice as that one.
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