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Drew19
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USA
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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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USA
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory
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hardybusman
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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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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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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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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/03/2009 :  07:50:46 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Our next order of new buses will replace some of the '96 Bluebird Int. and '97 Bluebird Int. but that still leaves 3 '95s and 3 '94s.

keep those buses rolling
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory
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IC
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USA
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Posted - 07/05/2009 :  06:20:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Fairfaxers (or anybody),

Does anybody remember the name of the place in Maryland where our old buses get auctioned?

I've been searching the threads for an hour and I can't find it.

A buddy of mine wants to buy one of the Birds that just got surveyed...

Thanks!

Edited by - IC on 07/05/2009 06:21:29 AM
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hardybusman
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Posted - 07/05/2009 :  10:27:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've seen fairfax buses auctioned at Upper Marlboro MD. at Colonial Auctions I've also known them to be sold over in Brandywine, MD. Hope that helps.

Mr. Courtney Hardy

Edited by - hardybusman on 07/05/2009 12:02:37 PM
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IC-RE
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Posted - 07/06/2009 :  3:25:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I think it was IAA Insurance Auto Auctions up in Brandywine. The birds havent been removed yet, they are all lined up with the deadlined stickers

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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hardybusman
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Posted - 07/06/2009 :  4:43:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It could be. I bought an '85 Ford years ago at Colonial Auction. Where those Birds good buses? They seem uncomfortable to drive.

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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IC-RE
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Posted - 07/06/2009 :  6:32:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Honestly they are VERY solid buses and they still run pretty strong, but when I switch from an AmTran/IC RE or a Thomas ER to one of them as a spare it is a pretty big adjustment. The mirrors are skimpy, a wicked tail swing, no tinted windows, no A/C, no music, no air door, no air seat, not even a full-backed driver seat (it goes halfway up your back haha). But they accelerate very nicely and I love the way their engines sound.... I just prefer a newer bus!

I'm complaining about these tail swings and these were only 78 pax, I never even got to drive our 89 All American FEs that were 84 pax! They were beasts!

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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vabuslover
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Posted - 07/06/2009 :  6:48:54 PM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Did any of you all read that story in the Post about the idea of Fairfax County possibly incorporating into an independent city? If so, what do you think about the idea?

Edited by - vabuslover on 07/06/2009 6:49:48 PM
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vabuslover
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Posted - 07/06/2009 :  6:53:32 PM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I saw in the Newport News Public Schools Wikipedia article that they are adding 2010 Thomas HDX and 2010 IC RE buses to the fleet. I cannot say for sure if this is happening, and these edits were made by anon IP addresses that I traced to an ISP in Maryland. However, these would be the first new Transits in 6 years, and over 10 years since the last RE bus.
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Tatum
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United States
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Posted - 07/06/2009 :  7:20:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does anyone know what district these buses are from?

http://www.floridachurchbus.com/v5546ihbbhc6/two.html

http://www.floridachurchbus.com/91y1103tchc8/two.html

http://www.floridachurchbus.com/88intthomdt3605sp/162.jpg

http://www.floridachurchbus.com/97m5666tphc/two.html

http://www.floridachurchbus.com/97m5909freightthom/two.html

Sorry if these have been asked already. Thanks!
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BusFreak
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USA
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Posted - 07/06/2009 :  7:47:56 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I know for sure that the short MVP ER with a lift is from Loudoun County. They seemed to be really into the short rear engined transits for their special ed routes for a while. I'm guessing that the TC2000 short lift bus is from Stafford County. I'll also take a guess that the FS65 is a Chesapeake City Public Schools bus. They were getting a mix of conventionals and ERs up through most of the 90s and early 2000s. Now, they are getting all conventionals. The other two could be from most any rural district in virginia.

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IC
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Posted - 07/06/2009 :  7:50:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks hardybus and IC-RE. I went to IAA's website and it looks like they have a few of our '90 Birds. I'm going to tell my buddy to wait 'til the 91's (1300s) get there. I'm going to give him a few numbers to look for....Birds that I drove this year and I can vouch for how well they ran. I'd buy one myself if my wife would let me! (NO chance of that...)

I always asked for a Bird for a spare when everybody else wanted a Thomas. Thomases are still my least favorite bus, especially the older ones...junk.

Hey IC-RE, towards the end, they finally fixed that left side mirror on some of the Birds. They swung that arm out to where it's supposed to be....you could look at the mirror through the side window instead of through that sliver of windshield glass.
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IC
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Posted - 07/06/2009 :  7:56:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BusFreak

I know for sure that the short MVP ER with a lift is from Loudoun County. They seemed to be really into the short rear engined transits for their special ed routes for a while. I'm guessing that the TC2000 short lift bus is from Stafford County. I'll also take a guess that the FS65 is a Chesapeake City Public Schools bus. They were getting a mix of conventionals and ERs up through most of the 90s and early 2000s. Now, they are getting all conventionals. The other two could be from most any rural district in virginia.





You don't think that TC2000 lift bus might be a Fairfax bus?
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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/06/2009 :  8:06:39 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I dont think the FS 65 is Chesapeake unless it had major issues they are still running Fords in chesapeake from the early '90s. The short 110 might be Mecklenburg County but not positive.

keep those buses rolling
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IC-RE
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Posted - 07/06/2009 :  8:21:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hey IC I also always ask for a Blue Bird just for fun! Either one of those or a 94 Thomas... I like the big ol' Thomas' with the Cummins better than the newer ones! Its fun to mix it up every once in a while! But after a few days in a Birdie I start to miss being able to hear the radio and having music to listen to!

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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hardybusman
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United States
470 Posts

Posted - 07/07/2009 :  3:06:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The shorty at florida church bus is old Fauquier Co. Sonny Merrymen
The TC2000 was either a Manassas or Albemarle Co. SMI
The 88 Intl was also Fauquier Co. SMI
the 97 Freightliner was Loudon
Pusher was also Loudon. All of those were at Sonny Merryman, dont know how they get to Florida church bus.

Mr. Courtney Hardy

Edited by - hardybusman on 07/07/2009 3:17:17 PM
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hardybusman
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United States
470 Posts

Posted - 07/07/2009 :  3:09:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Fairfax'ers are your buses eqipped with seat belts and if so are you required to make sure the children are buckled up?

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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hardybusman
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United States
470 Posts

Posted - 07/07/2009 :  3:15:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by IC-RE

Honestly they are VERY solid buses and they still run pretty strong, but when I switch from an AmTran/IC RE or a Thomas ER to one of them as a spare it is a pretty big adjustment. The mirrors are skimpy, a wicked tail swing, no tinted windows, no A/C, no music, no air door, no air seat, not even a full-backed driver seat (it goes halfway up your back haha). But they accelerate very nicely and I love the way their engines sound.... I just prefer a newer bus!

I'm complaining about these tail swings and these were only 78 pax, I never even got to drive our 89 All American FEs that were 84 pax! They were beasts!

You'd hate to drive for me then. We have a dinosaur fleet.

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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