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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.

keep those buses rolling
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hardybusman
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United States
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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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United States
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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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
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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.

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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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
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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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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
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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.

keep those buses rolling
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bsaund09
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USA
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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/

keep those buses rolling
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory
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poor_driver
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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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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.

keep those buses rolling
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hardybusman
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United States
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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.

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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Drew19
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Posted - 05/27/2009 :  2:10:47 PM  Show Profile  Send Drew19 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I saw at Brambleton in ashburn, Loudoun county has a Brand new Blue Bird Vision for special ed.
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hardybusman
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United States
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Posted - 05/27/2009 :  6:17:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I see a lot of counties are getting bb vision for special ed. Must be a good package.

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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VAdriver
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135 Posts

Posted - 05/28/2009 :  4:53:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Loudoun County has several of the BB Visions for special needs. I have not seen them up close, but I did see several at the central garage before they were put on the road.
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2006bbvision
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USA
107 Posts

Posted - 05/30/2009 :  6:49:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
WOW Loudon has Blue Birds???? I have never seen any bb's in there feet, they have always been mostly Thomas and ward,amtran, ic's.... I most admit they do have a very nice diverse fleet as so does Va beach !!!!

Went to Cedar point amusement park last weekend the there had to be close to 150 bus parked,and saw so many buses from every ....ranging from Pa,,Mi,Oh have lots of pics to share with everyone, need to upload them.
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hardybusman
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United States
470 Posts

Posted - 05/30/2009 :  9:33:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I must say if the vision is as good of a bus as it looks they might be the best bet out there!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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IC-CEiswhereiwannabe
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USA
214 Posts

Posted - 06/01/2009 :  07:01:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anyone heard that KRAPF BUS COMPANIES, the largest school bus contractor in Pennsylvania (also the owners of KRAPF COACHES, ADVANCED STUDENT TRANSPORTATION, ROVER COMMUNITY TRANSIT, ROVER COMMUNITY PARATRANSIT, and GEORGE KRAPF JR AND SONS)

has recently acquired the entire ROANOKE VIRGINIA contract and will start operations July 1st!!

KRAPF's will be operate some of the first contracted vehicles in Virginia.

Why can't U C what I C in IC?
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IC-CEiswhereiwannabe
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USA
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Posted - 06/01/2009 :  07:06:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
UPDATE: Apparently KRAPF BUS COMPANIES will operate under the new company badge of

MOUNTAIN VALLEY TRANSPORTATION in the Roanoke Virginia Contract.

www.mountainvalleytransportation.com

www.krapfbus.com

Why can't U C what I C in IC?
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hardybusman
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United States
470 Posts

Posted - 06/01/2009 :  5:41:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I heard that too. Pull up Roanoake Times web page and you can read the article. You must not have a VT365 in that ICCE ha ha

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/19/2009 :  04:01:08 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
School is finally out in Va. Beach what a long year. Next year should be interesting we are getting over 20 ICs ce s .

keep those buses rolling
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BusFreak
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Posted - 06/19/2009 :  04:41:06 AM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Brian, what are those 20 CEs replacing? Didn't the new Visions and C2s replace the last of the 94s and the 95s?

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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/19/2009 :  07:06:34 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
some but they will be replacing the '94s and '95s that are left not sure of the exact numbers but i heard orginially 18 reg buses and 11 speds.

keep those buses rolling
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hardybusman
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United States
470 Posts

Posted - 06/30/2009 :  4:41:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wonder if any body will get the new blue bird transits? bsaund09 if you ever out this way I would love to see some of our fleet on flickr. You have a great photo showcase

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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BusFreak
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Posted - 06/30/2009 :  7:18:53 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Virginia Truck Center (the virginia Blue Bird dealership) did not offer a bid on any Type D buses this year. Only Type C and A. Only transit bids were Thomas and IC.

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IC-RE
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Posted - 06/30/2009 :  7:29:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
News.... FCPS has deadlined ALL 90 and 91 Blue Birds TC2000 FEs!!

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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BusFreak
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Posted - 07/01/2009 :  8:27:04 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Really? Have they gotten any new buses in this year to replace them? I for one haven't seen any...

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IC RE 1629
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United States
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Posted - 07/02/2009 :  03:37:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
40 new IC RE's and CE's. Less then 10 are on the road. They were late arriving this year.

Edited by - IC RE 1629 on 07/02/2009 8:07:47 PM
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2006.AAFE.#21
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USA
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Posted - 07/02/2009 :  3:09:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit 2006.AAFE.#21's Homepage  Send 2006.AAFE.#21 an AOL message  Click to see 2006.AAFE.#21's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Fairfax went back to FEs for SE this year?

Rider of Bus 25, a 2007 Blue Bird All American FE, and Bus 24, a 2009 Blue Bird All American FE.
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 07/02/2009 :  8:07:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ooops. My mistake, I meant to say CE's. Nope, no FE purchases.
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