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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.

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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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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Edited by - bsaund09 on 07/17/2009 08:35:08 AM
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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/

Edited by - Jared on 07/17/2009 5:33:44 PM
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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.

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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IC RE 1629
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United States
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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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hardybusman
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Posted - 07/25/2009 :  2:04:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Russell Auto and Truck Parts in Dinwiddie buys lots of buses fro scrap. He may have got them, I know he bought some of the last batch Va. Beach sold. They werent Vistas but he scraps them out so he doesnt care what they are. Otherwise I'd say they are on their way overseas.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/25/2009 :  8:17:15 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
cool deal I did a web search of that place using maps he has a lot of buses in back of his salvage yard. that would be a cool place to find some great old buses i bet.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 07/26/2009 :  08:44:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I sure hate to see them go that way. Our school has bought a bus or two from him over the years. We only buy used and he is very reasonable on price. Also a great place to get used parts especially tires. The buses dont sit there very long, he likes to keep moving inventory. If they dont sell pretty quick he cuts them up. He may be stocking up right now for scrap price to go up. You can buy buses at auction right now for little of nothing. I bet he didnt pay over 500 or 600 bucks for those.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/27/2009 :  12:27:42 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Something new for the Va. Beach City Public School Bus Drivers & Assistants Association is online now and up and running . Check it out http://www.vbbusesrus.org/.

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poor_driver
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Posted - 07/28/2009 :  4:24:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Aww why is everyone so hard on the Vista's? they served their purpose? am i wrong yall? now i know they are not the most popular bus in the world but they did serve their purpose. Actually i sort of like them especially around 96 and 97...they looked better. One of these days they are going to be a collector's item just like a Thomas dodge. I have an idea, all of the Vistas that are not welcomed anymore in your bus yard, send them to me still yellow with the lights on them, i'll take them all!!!
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hardybusman
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Posted - 07/28/2009 :  5:13:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I bet you will and probably all the Ward body GMC as well. Am I right? he he

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/28/2009 :  6:46:15 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
poor driver you do have a point there, I know when we got them in 1995 our drivers by senority were given a chance to choose either the Vista or a reg conventional IHC Thomas and I guess to be honest most jumped on the Vistas because they were different and most that drove them liked them sort of like back in the day when school bus drivers that had a Dodge loved them everyone else wondered why.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 07/29/2009 :  3:15:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Vista was decent at first but beating around after a few years they quickly lost their luster. I live just outside Chesterfield and they were Vista capital for a lot of years. Those drivers didnt know any difference so no one ever complained about them, until just recently. I never drove a Dodge so I cant judge them. bsaund09 I think you told me you went to GCA. What kinda buses did they run back in the day? They have a nice fleet now. We play them in football every other year.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/29/2009 :  8:02:30 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
When they opened back in 1983 they started out with a 1973 Ford Thomas a 52 pass. (Bus 6)from Danville Christian Schools which went out of business in that same year they also had two short Carps Chevy 100 and 103 the little bus not a conventional. The second year they bought a 1973 Ford Wayne a 66 pass. bus from Lynchburg Public Schools also got a longer short Carp Chevy Bus 139 and really after that not sure the direction they went. I know they ran a 1989 Chevy Bluebird B style bus in Va. Beach . They bought a couple of FS 65s brand new recently and one of them got wrecked not sure what they do now. I see there Coach Gator Bus every once in a while.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 07/30/2009 :  8:00:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They definately have some sharp looking activity buses. I've seen the coach and the FS 65 activity bus. The little Chevy doesnt fit in to well around those newer conventionals. GCA has a very nice looking campus and fleet, I'd say they have their act together.
Poor Driver, give me a call and let me know your plans for the bus, I've got another bite on it and just want to know what your plans are.

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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poor_driver
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Posted - 08/01/2009 :  1:28:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Give you a call on what bus? you got the right person?
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hardybusman
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Posted - 08/01/2009 :  4:47:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I thought so? If not I'm sorry.

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hardybusman
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United States
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Posted - 08/01/2009 :  10:39:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey, bsaund09 would you happen to know anything about VB570? Its a 95 Intl 52 passenger with a lift. Its for sale on craigslist. Our school could use a bus that size but didnt know if it was a decent bus. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks

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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/02/2009 :  4:03:39 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
it was a really good bus some of those buses were pulled simply because of mileage. i honestly dont know of its running condition it does not have ac i know that. it was on every day routes until this past year.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 08/02/2009 :  6:45:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cool, I appreciate that information. Those 52 passengers work very well for us. We usually remove the lift and seat it for nine rows. They are hard to find with automatic transmission. Works very well when you only have 20-25 children riding and you got a bunch of turn arounds. Thanks again!!
Like I've said if you are ever out my way let me know and you snap some photos of our fleet. We'll be washing them and painting wheels real soon. That silver ring takes a little extra time but they stand out from Powhatan so nice.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/02/2009 :  7:08:45 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
We have severval 1996 Bluebirds Int. that are 52 pass. buses without lifts that have been replaced the buses have yet to been sold but they still use them as spares and reg bus routes with an A in front of the number. they are buses 412,416,417,418,419,420 at some point soon i am sure they will be on the auction block.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 08/04/2009 :  4:29:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I appreciate that info! Its nice having an inside contact. I'll keep a sharp eye on Gov. Surplus and you keep sharp eye on the lot. When do ya'll crank back up for the fall? We start on the 1st. Thats late for us.

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