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bsaund09
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USA
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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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USA
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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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USA
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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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USA
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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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USA
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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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USA
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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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IC RE 1629
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United States
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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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USA
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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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USA
609 Posts

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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IC RE 1629
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United States
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Posted - 01/11/2009 :  4:46:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What county would this bus have belonged to?
http://floridachurchbus.com/93m5426tcvista/two.html

VA Beach??
http://floridachurchbus.com/98m5894ihbbdt5ab/two.html

What County?
http://floridachurchbus.com/89m5727tc72/two.html

Prince William Buses??
http://floridachurchbus.com/vatp73108/two.html

What County?
http://floridachurchbus.com/97m5526ihamtran11row/two.html

Anybody that can ID these buses, your help is appreciated!

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MongoKen
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USA
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Posted - 01/11/2009 :  6:41:50 PM  Show Profile  Send MongoKen an AOL message  Reply with Quote
http://floridachurchbus.com/vatp73108/two.html

Yes, those are all former Prince William buses.

Ken

"Superior Buses..A Legend of the Past"
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MongoKen
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USA
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Posted - 01/11/2009 :  7:14:36 PM  Show Profile  Send MongoKen an AOL message  Reply with Quote
http://floridachurchbus.com/93m5426tcvista/two.html

Seriously, I think this is Prince William bus 364, same bus on your website. Compare the buses carefully and you will see that they are almost identical. For example check out the paint that is chipped away on the bottom of the crossover mirror bracket (right above the passenger side headlight) both pics have the same black paint chipped away.

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BusFreak
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USA
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Posted - 01/11/2009 :  8:46:59 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
The Blue Bird International is NOT a Virginia Beach bus. Virginia Beach has not gotten stick shifts on regular ed buses since 1980, and stopped getting them on special ed buses in the early 90s. That's a cool bus though. It's rare that you see such a nicely spec'd bus in Virginia with a stick shift. If I had to take a stab, here's how it would go.

1) The Thomas Vista looks like a Prince William County bus
2) The Blue Bird International - Staunton City Public Schools
3) The 89 TC2000FE - Roanoke City
4) The Thomas ER - Price William County
5) The AmTran International - Powhatan County

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poor_driver
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Posted - 01/12/2009 :  08:13:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good Stab busfreak!

That Bluebird bus (19) is a Rockingham County Public Schools

The Amtran is from Amhearst or Amherst County.

As far as the Bluebird transits, i think i read on the side on the bus that they were from Staunton.....i think don't hold me to that.

And the rest are from Prince William (Thomas er's and Vista).

The older model Thomas internationals are from Faquier, at first it look liked Campbell county's old buses.

I travel U.S 29 alot so i stop by there occasionally just to look around.


p.s. Come to think of it....those Bluebird transits might have been from Roanoke........i think:)

Edited by - poor_driver on 01/12/2009 08:16:00 AM
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BusFreak
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Posted - 01/12/2009 :  10:02:10 AM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I think Staunton's TC2000s had luggage bays in the back, behind the rear wheels. They were "trip buses" for them, in an otherwise all Blue Bird International time. I could be wrong though...I'm having to think WAY back.

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722
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United States
129 Posts

Posted - 01/12/2009 :  6:58:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Bluebird Transit is old Manassas City school bus 10. When they replace a bus with the same number as the old bus becomes a 100 series number until it is decomissioned.

Arlington County uses a 200 series number in the same manner, if the number is already used in the fleet.
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bsaund09
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USA
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Posted - 01/13/2009 :  08:48:16 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Va.Beach added numbers on the end of the fleet at one time but only once i think and ever since then they all get an A added to the number.

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pbfreak30
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USA
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Posted - 01/15/2009 :  6:45:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
well it goes to show Virginians dont handle the cold very well, the low is 10 tonight, and most all of the counties here in central Va have closed for tomorrow, and gave us a long 4 day weekend

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bsaund09
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USA
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Posted - 01/15/2009 :  8:25:04 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
wow , now that is something all schools around here are open and running on time so far. i remember back in 1994 or 95 we had 7 degree days and opened schools late and most buses that were broke down had to be towed.

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IC-RE
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Posted - 01/15/2009 :  10:11:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
We're open on time, but I know there are going to be plenty of no-starts.... or ones that are VERY hard to start!

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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pbfreak30
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USA
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Posted - 01/16/2009 :  06:14:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yea...Bedford, Amherst, Campbell, Lynchburg city, Henry county, Montgomery county, botetourt, Allegheny county, Covington city...all are closed, and theres a bunch of 2hr delays as well

bedford had closed by 1030 yesterday morning...they were the 1st

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bus724
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USA
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Posted - 01/16/2009 :  08:09:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit bus724's Homepage  Send bus724 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Eh, quit complaining. -2 overnight here (20 below wind chill), we're open and on time. I went in at 4:30 this morning to fire up the Webasto heaters on the CATs. One bus needed a jump (kept cranking till the battery ran down), but otherwise they all eventually started. And we don't have block heaters...
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Thomas Ford 85-16
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Posted - 01/16/2009 :  09:12:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit Thomas Ford 85-16's Homepage  Send Thomas Ford 85-16 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
10? We haven't topped 0F all week and we have windchills of -40F and are open. Actually though, there is a threshold for safety at which we must close, but we must not have made it. Surrounding counties (up here in Michigan) have closed, but not our ISD. Again though, they have closed because of safety...flesh can freeze in minutes in that weather...we must be moderated by the water. I think closing for 10F is just an excuse to save money.

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pbfreak30
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Posted - 01/16/2009 :  09:34:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yea, it probably was so that they can turn the heat off in the school and not pay the heating bill for this 4 day weekend...idk around here we have actually closed at the threat of snow...but then it didnt snow, so we looked like fools...but thats central VA for ya

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bus724
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Posted - 01/16/2009 :  10:35:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit bus724's Homepage  Send bus724 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Well we've done that. If they think the roads are going to be bad, they'll cancel. Our first snow day this year was in anticipation of a mid-day storm, that didn't start until after 2:00 (when buses would have been parked after an early release). But last year we got hammered with a mid-day storm that came earlier than expected and resulted in an early release with buses being out when the roads were at their worst.

Yesterday we took a gamble that paid off. We were expecting 3-5 inches in the morning, which ended up going south of us (we got about 3-5 snowflakes). The call was made at 5:00 to go on a regular schedule, which I'm sure was partly due to the exams at the HS.
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IC-RE
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Posted - 01/16/2009 :  1:43:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It took me about 25 mins today to start of one of our 95 Thomas's today... but I got it, only issue was it kept turning off but finally it stayed running!

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