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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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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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bsaund09
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Posted - 12/18/2008 :  7:04:27 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Ok any happeings in Va. this topic has gotten really quiet . our new C2s are the best set yet some with a few problems most are running everyday.

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pbfreak30
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Posted - 12/18/2008 :  8:11:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
our new C2's are running like a dream, there has only been one problem with any of our 15 new ones this year, the sensor in the emergency window was faulty, causing the alarm to go off for no reason.

and while were on it, we have most of the kinks out of all of our C2's now, there have only been a few out this year.

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IC-RE
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Posted - 12/18/2008 :  11:22:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Our 09 IC RE's are doing quite well as well as our CEs (knock on wood!) I have been given the great opportunity to be assigned a newer IC RE, with a T444e and I LOVE it! I do on occasion even get to take out one of our 09's.... I LOVE that even more! They are great buses contrary to what many people say! I was driving a 1990 Blue Bird for the first 2 months, so to be in an IC, is just amazing. I also drove 97 and 98 Thomas MVP ERs in between, and on occasion as spares.

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 12/22/2008 :  05:26:14 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
wow, Chesapeake has school today and tomorrow how about that Va. Beach isnt the last schools out before Christmas break in the country. I havent had a real week off since this time last year this is nice well hope all enjoy this Christmas week.

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IC-RE
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Posted - 12/22/2008 :  1:30:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Same to you! Fairfax also has school today and tomorrow

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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IC
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Posted - 12/24/2008 :  07:34:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey IC-RE, are you going to drive on Inauguration Day?

I probably need my head examined, but I volunteered! They say it'll be a very long day, and I'll bet they ain't kidding. My right leg is sore just thinking about it...all the time it'll spend on that brake treadle in that traffic!

I bet the citizenry will question why FCPS buses are involved in the Inaugural....but I bet it;'s part of that "emergency" deal they have with the Feds.

How are you otherwise....doin a lotta trips?
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IC-RE
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Posted - 12/24/2008 :  09:28:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yup Im on the road a few times a week, compared to the beginning of the year that is a lot! Im not in a POS Thomas anymore so that is the BEST part! I was getting ready to call it quits because driving has proven to be way less fun than I thought, but then I started driving an IC RE, and that made life 100 times better.... not perfect, better.

No way I did not volunteer to drive on Inauguration day! That is my first day back to class, and....I would have to be NUTS LOL!

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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IC
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Posted - 12/24/2008 :  10:01:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah, I hear you about calling it quits. My outlook on the whole thing is changing...it's just not as much fun as it once was...plus, management is getting nastier all the time. And while my portfolio has taken a beating of late, I still don't HAVE to put up with those pinheads out there...

I'll finish this school year for sure because I'll be vested in the retirement system and will get a few bucks a month out of them down the road.

Heck, I might even get laid off! LOL I don't think people realize how bad this budget shortfall is going to get. All my runs except for my high school are on the chopping block. Even if I don't get laid off, I ain't getting up at 4:30 am to just do my high scnool run and go home....wouldn't be worth it for a lousy 15-20 hours a week.

Happy Holidays and have a Great New Year!
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poor_driver
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Posted - 12/26/2008 :  12:00:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
bsaund09

the pics you put up of buses 248,470 and 453 are they still in the yard sitting or was that photo old?
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bsaund09
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Posted - 12/27/2008 :  06:50:55 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
old photos although last i remember 248 is still at the glenwood garage.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 01/03/2009 :  12:15:04 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
i have updated with my page with info added about the pics or the bus hope it shows a better history of the va. beach school bus fleet.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/2681547637/

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Edited by - bsaund09 on 01/03/2009 12:15:49 PM
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 01/03/2009 :  3:24:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Awesome work!
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bsaund09
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Posted - 01/03/2009 :  3:53:50 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
thank you sir , after you prompted me i went to work on it

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BusFreak
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Posted - 01/04/2009 :  07:58:48 AM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
NICE pictures. i love to see the progression of all of the different buses that cary the same number. It's totally scary that some of those buses that were brand new when I was in school have been retired and replaced. i always love your pictures!

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poor_driver
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Posted - 01/09/2009 :  3:08:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I see on publicsurplus.com VA Beach has alot of buses up for auction!
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bsaund09
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Posted - 01/10/2009 :  1:39:57 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
yes , that will leave only one stick shift bus left in the entire fleet and that is Bus 253 . They still use it over at the ropes course.

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poor_driver
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Posted - 01/11/2009 :  06:51:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Saturday while traveling through Nottoway County i saw three VA Beach buses at their high school for it looked like some type of ROTC program going on. I couldn't see the numbers because the person who i was riding with was in a hurry. I think one number was 676 or 67_? the other buses were parked beside a bus from Norfolk public schools and a couple of charters buses. Oh and one from Suffolk was there too.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 01/11/2009 :  12:21:36 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
yeah i know one was 674 and not sure of the others i heard some of them talking early in the morning but didnt recognize the voice.

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