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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.

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IC
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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!

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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IC-RE
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Posted - 07/07/2009 :  3:27:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit IC-RE's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Our only buses that have belts are the Special Ed buses, and what I understand is that preschool and elem have to wear them, Middle and High do not unless otherwise noted

bus 1980, a 2008 IC RE 300 for Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia.
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IC
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Posted - 07/07/2009 :  4:22:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The AmTran/IC general ed buses have seat belts in the first couple or three rows.

They're mainly used by drivers to tie down their own kid's car seat.
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Tatum
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Posted - 07/07/2009 :  7:34:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

quote:
Originally posted by hardybusman

All of those were at Sonny Merryman, dont know how they get to Florida church bus.



Sonny Merryman and Florida Church Bus share inventory.

Yep! That '97 Thomas MVP was a Loudoun County Public Schools bus! Here's a picture of it from the Atlantic School Bus Yard: http://www.atlanticbusyard.com/Pages/Thomas/5120.html

Edited by - Tatum on 07/08/2009 2:42:11 PM
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hardybusman
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Posted - 07/08/2009 :  7:58:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was just curious because I heard rumor they had belts. We have a couple of Minotours "unfortunetly", and they all have seatbelts and I was just curoius if the children were supposed to be wearing them.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/13/2009 :  1:44:37 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Found this pic in my moms unmarked photos the only pic I have of that old 400 when i had it http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/3715091656/

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/13/2009 :  1:51:08 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
a little info -- On Thursday of this week July 16 there will be a field trip through the Va. Beach Parks and Rec. Dept. with numberous sites going I think they have estimated that roughly 60???? Va. Beach School Buses will be making their way to KINGS DOMINION in Doswell, Va.. It should be a very cool site to the school bus fans along I-64 and I-95. I wasnt going but I am now what a sight that should be I am hoping 546 does good hate to be the one with a problem.I will post if that event changes.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 07/13/2009 :  3:32:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Saying goodbye to an inspirational person:

http://cmsweb1.loudoun.k12.va.us/509759161361/cwp/view.asp?A=3&Q=564756&C=93810

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/13/2009 :  5:13:00 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I believe He was at one time involved the VAPT . I know I have seen him at severval of those events a very nice man. He will be missed my prayers and heartfelt sadness goes out to his family and the Loundon County Transportation Dept.

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vabuslover
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Posted - 07/15/2009 :  06:22:06 AM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
bsaund09, do you know about what time the buses will be going through on I-64? I am in the Newport News/Williamsburg area and will be going along I-64 in the morning and would want to look out for your buses.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/15/2009 :  12:49:54 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
vabuslover --- the roll time is suppose to be 7:30 am with buses from all over the city I am sure it will be spread of aleast a half hour up to an hour. I am thinking of using the M and M to get to the other side since I will be on the western edge of the city anyway but not sure at this point. I know some drivers have communciated and will be driving togather right now I am not in that position.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/17/2009 :  08:32:15 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I got a few pics from yesterday at Kings Dominion we were spread out all over the parking lot so no real group shot if that is even possible. They all made it there and back the oldest bus to make the trip was the Bus 78 the transit and Bus 39 a first year FS-65 only ones I didnt get in a pic were 375,368,39 and i think 135.http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory

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Jared
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Posted - 07/17/2009 :  5:30:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jared's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bsaund09

I got a few pics from yesterday at Kings Dominion we were spread out all over the parking lot so no real group shot if that is even possible. They all made it there and back the oldest bus to make the trip was the Bus 78 the transit and Bus 39 a first year FS-65 only ones I didnt get in a pic were 375,368,39 and i think 135.http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory



1. I LOVE VA's newest C2's with the warning light covers and the extra black around them. Plus the extra black above the entrance door and the side windows looks VERY nice. Dont know why, but I really think it looks good and I know I may be the minority on this.

2. I also like that Freightliner FS-65 with the single pane entrance door! Very rare!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaredg21/sets/

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BusFreak
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Posted - 07/18/2009 :  11:04:31 AM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Believe it or not, the C2s with the extra black up top are the older ones! I think that VA put their foot down with the black paint on the Thomases when the C2s came out. All of the new ones for the past 2 years or so have had more yellow. Some of the newest ones though, have saddled (or rounded) corners on the white roof paint, which looks pretty decent on a C2.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 07/18/2009 :  8:59:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The C-2 is getting to look a whole lot better now that its yellow. Still looks like a Wayne from the rear. Mark Fisher will be happy to see that.

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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pbfreak30
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Posted - 07/24/2009 :  07:58:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i saw a very good thing today, our new C2's are here, and i saw a blacked out vista goin down the road. i love seeing them being retired, it is a great sight

ARROW transportation RP..the best out there!
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hardybusman
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Posted - 07/24/2009 :  11:15:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll never say hooray to seeing a C-2. They just dont impress me. They look cheap and if you get up close they are cheap. A whole lotta plastic is in that bus, I'll never believe they will last 15-20 years. However I do agree seeing a blacked out Vista heading away from you is a decent site to see.

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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 07/25/2009 :  08:01:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by hardybusman

I'll never say hooray to seeing a C-2. They just dont impress me. They look cheap and if you get up close they are cheap. A whole lotta plastic is in that bus, I'll never believe they will last 15-20 years. However I do agree seeing a blacked out Vista heading away from you is a decent site to see.



I'll agree with this!
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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/25/2009 :  10:31:03 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Well, who ever bought the Vistas in Va. Beach bought all of them and jumped on them the first time so someone must see something good in them any thoughts on what.

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