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poor_driver
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Posted - 03/04/2009 :  2:32:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm pretty sure Lunenburg and Nelson Counties are still buying sticks. Amelia county just started buying automatics about 3 or 4 years ago. Brunswick still have a few floating around i believe (spares)
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BusFreak
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USA
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Posted - 03/04/2009 :  5:05:04 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Sweet. Thanks! I'm on a mission to get a picture of a C2 stick shift.

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vabuslover
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United States
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Posted - 03/05/2009 :  10:43:47 AM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
You have some very interesting photos shadowrider. Do you know anybody within the Newport News transportation department? I like their bus fleet, and would like to at some point get in contact with some people and find out more about what they have.
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shadowrider257
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Posted - 03/05/2009 :  1:58:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit shadowrider257's Homepage  Reply with Quote
No, I'm just a student.

http://shadowrider257.webs.com
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bsaund09
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USA
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Posted - 04/01/2009 :  3:55:59 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Something new in Va Beach this week we have 11 more new Bluebird Visions http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/3405703090/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory
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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/11/2009 :  09:29:33 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Finally, spring break for those going on or off it, enjoy the time off. Not much school bus news going on around va. beach just waiting for the new birds to be assigned.

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Jared
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Posted - 04/18/2009 :  05:23:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jared's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I found this bad boy down the street from my house yesterday (in Baltimore). Thought you'd all wanna see!



http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaredg21/sets/
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IC RE 1629
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United States
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Posted - 04/18/2009 :  07:16:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That almost looks exactly like one of our old 89' AA FE's. Except this one is in much nicer shape.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/18/2009 :  07:17:23 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
What a great find looks like new.

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IC-RE
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Posted - 04/18/2009 :  09:42:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I always thought these were some cool looking buses, I'm kind of sad that all of ours are gone!

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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Jared
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Posted - 04/18/2009 :  5:22:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jared's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by IC RE 1629

That almost looks exactly like one of our old 89' AA FE's. Except this one is in much nicer shape.



The owner said it is a 1989!

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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/18/2009 :  8:36:44 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
i would say it was it has the Va. style reflectors which are basically the same throughout Va. and it is not unheard of to see someone sup it up a bit rare but it does happen.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 04/19/2009 :  06:17:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was comparing this bus to a photo of one of our 89' AA FE's and this bus exactly matches. If only I could see the driver's side of the bus, I could be sure.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/19/2009 :  2:28:00 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
just curious did the number match with that bus or that kind of bus.

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IC-RE
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Posted - 04/19/2009 :  3:07:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
we did have a bus 1254 that was a 1989 All American, BUT the numbering was on the bumpers and sides of the buses, not above the door, but that I'm sure is easily changeable

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/19/2009 :  4:35:43 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
yeah , it look like they try to keep it looking the same but those chrome hubs now that is a very nice touch. We have a church here use to adopt the number on the bus into their fleet of buses especially if they were just two digit numbers but then they went to numbering everything starting with an eight.

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poor_driver
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Posted - 04/20/2009 :  12:19:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I see on publicsurplus.com that VA beach is starting to get rid of their Vistas..... Thought it was weird when they came.....hate to see them go......
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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/20/2009 :  5:55:30 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
yeah, let them go let them go

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IC-RE
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Posted - 04/21/2009 :  10:04:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It's definitely possible, that bus could be our old 1254, here is a link to pics of it when it was in service.... http://www.atlanticbusyard.com/Pages/Blue%20Bird/1014.html

and http://schoolbuscentral.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16&Itemid=30&listing=129&listingmode=detail

In FCPS they black out all lettering, numbering, and remove the cross views....

You can tell they repainted where our lettering would have been, and it has newer silver mirrors added


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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United States
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Posted - 04/22/2009 :  03:38:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not to mention nicer wheels....

On the Vista note, let em' go. Can't wait til ours are all gone! We still have a few left.

Edited by - IC RE 1629 on 04/22/2009 03:39:20 AM
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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/22/2009 :  06:11:48 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
the vistas were cool in the beginning but they became troublesome when they discovered some could only run with better then a half tank of fuel. Then the down time when they needed repairs was twice as long as other buses.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 05/16/2009 :  11:43:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
[quote]Originally posted by BusFreak

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.
Hardybusman says.....
1) The Thomas Vista is a PRINCE WM. COUNTY
2) The Blue Bird International - ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY
3) The 89 TC2000FE - MANASSAS CITY
4) The Thomas ER - Price William County
5) The AmTran International - AMHERST COUNTY
these buses are at sonnymerryman inc.

Mr. Courtney Hardy

Edited by - hardybusman on 05/16/2009 2:32:40 PM
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hardybusman
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470 Posts

Posted - 05/16/2009 :  2:13:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I drive for a private school and just wondered if anybody kept up with the private school fleets around central/southside va.

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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poor_driver
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162 Posts

Posted - 05/20/2009 :  06:22:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Are you talking about Amelia academy, Kenston Forest school, Fuqua school, Brunswick Academy, Tidewater academy? like that?
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hardybusman
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United States
470 Posts

Posted - 05/20/2009 :  4:17:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Exactly. I have friends working at Fuqua, Amelia and Brunswick. I drive our activity bus and travel to all these schools on a regular basis. It nice seeing the different specs. for each school. What do you think about the silver ring on some of the wheels? We do it at BSHCS and used to paint our grills silver to stand out of the boring county buses.

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poor_driver
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Posted - 05/21/2009 :  6:17:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah i do like it but the only way the county buses are like that because of state specs. private schools and contractors can spruce up and make it look good. The only one i seen with the silver ring is Fuqua. Amelia has a nice( or used to ) wayne/international...that bus looks sharp. Brunswick i believe is the biggest private school in southside virginia, i went by their school last summer and they had like 15 or more buses. Is your activity bus a 80ish international/ward painted green and white? I can try to help you about info if you want. I'm smack in the middle of Fuqua, Amelia and Kenston...Brunswick is not too far away.
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hardybusman
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United States
470 Posts

Posted - 05/21/2009 :  6:28:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My bus is a 1990 GMC from Chesterfield, its yellow #10. I have a good friend at Fuqua and at Brunswick. Brunswick Academy runs 17 routes this year but their enrollment has fallen off like all of us. Amelia does still have that IHC it is their activity bus. Their fleet is all DT360 autos.
They might be old but dependable. We are located in Powhatan. My fleet is old but it cleans up pretty good each August befors school starts. I met Kenston's activity bus on 153 the other day, boy its colorful. I think the green and white bus you are thinking of belongs to Level Green Riding School. They have a summer horseback riding camp and pickup kids from Midlothian. I think it is an old Va. Beach bus.

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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poor_driver
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162 Posts

Posted - 05/23/2009 :  06:59:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
oh ok...your bus garage is located at the intersection of route 60 and....shucks...the road that takes you to Chula junction in Amelia county right at U.S 360?
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hardybusman
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United States
470 Posts

Posted - 05/25/2009 :  3:51:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No,no im on Academy Rd. in Powhatan. You are thinking of Combs fleet maintenance. They run a small shop and take care of all of the Greater Richmond YMCA fleet of buses and vans. We are about 1 1/2 mile down Academy behind the Foodlion Shopping center. Drop by one day if you are around. I enjoy meeting other drivers and transportation employees. Who do you drive for?

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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bsaund09
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USA
609 Posts

Posted - 05/25/2009 :  6:52:51 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Nasemond Suffolk Academy on 460 near 58 have a nice fleet of buses they have new ICs and some Thomas Internationals from the 1990s. Their buses from what I hear are leased. They have always had an awesome fleet usually specd just like the city school buses.

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bsaund09
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USA
609 Posts

Posted - 05/25/2009 :  7:05:04 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
most of the private schools in our area use buses like these http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/3539919086/

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poor_driver
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162 Posts

Posted - 05/25/2009 :  9:46:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
oh no i don't drive anymore, just an advid supporter.
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hardybusman
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United States
470 Posts

Posted - 05/26/2009 :  3:43:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We need all the support we can get!! bsaund09 I've talked with the transportation director at NSA and he said they run them till they dont run anymore so if they lease maybe its lease to own? They do have a very nice looking fleet. I believe Greenbrier Christian Academy has a nice fleet as well. I've been there on sports trips. You have a very nice photo collection. I have tons but they arent digital. If you are around Richmond or Powhatan feel free to snap our fleet. You might add them to your antique collection! HA HA

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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bsaund09
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USA
609 Posts

Posted - 05/27/2009 :  09:22:45 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
ok cool Hardybusman i graduted from GCA wish i had pics of those orginial buses. You should post your old photos to it always cool to see the old buses. I miss those old '70s Fords they were cool but i guess we all have our favorites.

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hardybusman
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United States
470 Posts

Posted - 05/27/2009 :  1:29:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I graduated from Huguenot Academy which later merged with another school that is now the present one I work for. I too wish I had pics of those old buses. I rode a 71 Chevy Thomas and a 78 Ford Ward and they were old when I rode them! I'm not a ford man. I miss the S series IHC, loved hearing those 9.0L with 5spds. I also miss the GMC/CHEVY with the 366's. Ill try to post some pics. Im still new at this so bear with me.

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