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hardybusman
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Posted - 02/10/2010 :  06:29:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Antone tired of snow days yet? 6 here so far in Powhatan.

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 02/11/2010 :  05:11:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fairfax will have been off 10 days as of this coming Friday. Monday (Feb 15) is to be a make-up day, hopefully things will be cleaned up by then, but I won't hold my breath on that.
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hardybusman
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Posted - 02/11/2010 :  3:35:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I hear ya. Looks like spring break will be a thing of the past. We've gat around 8 or 10 inches still on the ground and calling for more on Monday!

By the way the website update looks great ICRE1629!!

Mr. Courtney Hardy

Edited by - hardybusman on 02/11/2010 3:37:03 PM
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Posted - 02/12/2010 :  11:05:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone have a photo of their school bus yard with all the snow? We're looking for photos to put in our email newsletter today with a story on the east coast snow storms. If you have something we can use, please email it to claire.atkinson@bobit.com with your name, title, district name and location. Thanks.
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Tatum
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United States
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Posted - 02/15/2010 :  7:40:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do any of our Virginia bus experts know where these buses originally came from?

http://www.floridachurchbus.com/86ihth735/two.html
http://www.floridachurchbus.com/90thompush3208/two.html
http://www.floridachurchbus.com/92m5292tc72p/two.html
http://www.floridachurchbus.com/91m5728tc72/two.html
http://www.floridachurchbus.com/91gmcthom5sp3/two.html
http://www.floridachurchbus.com/91m5729tc72/two.html
http://www.floridachurchbus.com/92m5296tc20p/two.html
http://www.floridachurchbus.com/89fordwaynehc/two.html Fairfax?

Edited by - Tatum on 02/15/2010 8:55:03 PM
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hardybusman
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Posted - 02/22/2010 :  6:01:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow those are tough! The 89 Ford is definately old Richmond City. I think the 92 TC2000s are going to be Albemarle Co. The 91s I'm not sure and the pusher I'm not sure. The GMCs I'm thinking southwest Va. but not sure exactly. I've got to Sonny Merryman next week to pick up a used trans. so I'll check them out.

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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Tatum
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United States
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Posted - 02/22/2010 :  6:48:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Those photos are REALLY old, so I doubt any of those buses will still be there.

Thanks for your help!
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hardybusman
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Posted - 02/24/2010 :  4:04:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
O, I thought you had found a few treasures hiding about. I was kinda surprised to see that Richmond City bus because I thought they were all gone.

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Tatum
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United States
606 Posts

Posted - 03/15/2010 :  2:10:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Virgina Beach has some buses up for auction at Public Surplus right now.
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SWVA Busdriver
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Posted - 04/04/2010 :  11:15:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit SWVA Busdriver's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hello everyone,, Weather is really great today which is a big change from just a few months or even weeks.. I am just curious if anyone is having local bus road-e-o and how many going to state conference this year.I think everyone is having budget problems..
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Tatum
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United States
606 Posts

Posted - 04/04/2010 :  7:38:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Are these former Prince George County buses?

http://www.wesellschoolbuses.com/1231/5.html

http://www.wesellschoolbuses.com/1236/5.html
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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/07/2010 :  1:23:13 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
i think i am able to post now on here. hope all are doing well we are enjoying spring break this week.

keep those buses rolling
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory
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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/08/2010 :  12:59:47 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Does anyone know if the life extension on school buses in Virginia from 12 years to 15 years got approved or not by the general assembly?

keep those buses rolling
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory
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96AmTranRE
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Posted - 04/08/2010 :  5:07:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit 96AmTranRE's Homepage  Send 96AmTranRE an AOL message  Reply with Quote
When will the next update be to Atlantic Bus Yard? just wondering


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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 04/09/2010 :  01:53:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 96AmTranRE

When will the next update be to Atlantic Bus Yard? just wondering



I hope to continue work on it soon. My busy school/work schedule has taken my time from me. But hang on! I've just received a massive load of submissions and I'm anxious to get them posted.

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Kodie
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Posted - 04/10/2010 :  6:14:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's a couple for you guys.

Chesterfield County Ward Ford #461


http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af145/IC-DEALER/422%20Auction/422185.jpg
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af145/IC-DEALER/422%20Auction/422186.jpg
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af145/IC-DEALER/422%20Auction/422187.jpg
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af145/IC-DEALER/422%20Auction/422191.jpg
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af145/IC-DEALER/422%20Auction/422192.jpg





Edited by - Kodie on 04/17/2010 8:14:19 PM
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hardybusman
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United States
470 Posts

Posted - 04/11/2010 :  11:11:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Other than the cost and headaches of Lucas Girling brakes they were darn good little buses, most were retired with well over 250k miles with original engines.

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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Tatum
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United States
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Posted - 04/13/2010 :  3:02:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is a rather rare bus for Virginia!

http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=427132
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hardybusman
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Posted - 04/13/2010 :  6:34:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They were rare but there was a few around. I'm surprised Roanoke had a Carpenter. Goochland Co. had a few and so did Henry Co. I dont know of anyone else but I guess they were here and there. Tatum those Fords are Prince George Co.

Mr. Courtney Hardy

Edited by - hardybusman on 04/13/2010 6:38:53 PM
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hardybusman
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Posted - 04/17/2010 :  4:05:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
bsaund09, what exactly will that rule change do for the age of buses? I think most folks are running them at least 15 years now. It will be an interesting rule change.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/17/2010 :  5:47:51 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Hardybusman-- basically it would give the school districts the authority to run school buses as part of the regular school bus fleet that are funded by the state. Most districts for years could run a bus for 10 years in regular service with the diesel bus that got changed to 12years.The life of the school bus depending on its usage has many more years to go they basically move the bus from regular use to a spare bus status although many school districts run them on regular routes past the recommended retirement dates nothing new there. It basically is a money thing but the industry itself pushes replacing older school buses for the advanced technology options.

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vabuslover
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Posted - 04/17/2010 :  7:30:42 PM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I think Gloucester had (and possibly still has) quite a few IHC Carpenters. When I first saw them I thought they looked quite weird but then again I never really see that many Gloucester buses.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/17/2010 :  7:54:04 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
vabuslover,my photo site use to have a pic of there Bus 60 that bus went everywhere. If is not on there I can post it severval districts had the Carps I know Halifax County had some and Chesapeake use to have some '88 GMC s that were Carps to.

keep those buses rolling
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Jared
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Posted - 04/17/2010 :  8:23:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jared's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Tatum

Are these former Prince George County buses?

http://www.wesellschoolbuses.com/1231/5.html

http://www.wesellschoolbuses.com/1236/5.html



I dunno but the Blue Bird GMC's in the background are ex Baltimore county public school buses. they are 1990's.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaredg21/sets/
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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/18/2010 :  3:05:40 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I have some different pics on the school bus collection not sure they had been on here or not. I am hoping to restore other pics the last couple of monthes have been rough with my dads passing but hopefully getting back to normal a little bit at a time.

keep those buses rolling
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Tatum
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Posted - 04/18/2010 :  8:54:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm sorry to hear your loss, Brian.
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BusFreak
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Posted - 04/19/2010 :  7:31:49 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Interesting how the topic of age of buses in Virginia has come up. I was just down in Fluvana County today, and noticed quite a few VERY old buses on the road out there. One in particular had to be an 87 or 88 IHC Thomas! I also saw an 89 Thomas Ford out there. Both buses looked to be in very good shape, and the motors sounded great.

I've never heard of any official rules in Virginia requiring districts to retire older buses after a certain age. I think that's mostly up to the district to decide, and at some point, they will all figure which is cheaper...keep and maintain the old bus, or replace it with the new, less hassle (haha), more fuel efficient bus.

I have also noticed that Spotsylvania County is quickly coming up to the times with their fleet, as their latest additions are IC CEs with LED lighting! Funny how just a few years ago, they were among the last districts to switch to automatic/air buses, and here they are coming out with their super stretch CEs with LED lights and dual stop arms! Also, Albemarle county has fallen onto the bandwagon of putting air conditioning on all of their buses. Virginia buses are looking good!

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hardybusman
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Posted - 04/20/2010 :  5:44:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
BusFreak I was through Fluvanna a couple of weeks ago myself and was surprised at the older buses. I saw a couple of those Fords with the older alligator hoods.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/21/2010 :  04:54:21 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
BusFreak, those rules are there part of the funding from the state rules but over the years that stuff hasnt been strictly enforced at one time they were adhered to but not much anymore.They still can run surprize inspections throughout the year checking documents and vehicles if needed I was shocked to that the state had actual regular use limits on the years of the bus but then learned how they get around it. Gov't stuff you know.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 04/21/2010 :  4:00:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I guess it all looks good on paper but nobody is aware of what goes on in real time. I know this tough economy and longer use of buses is killing me for finding good clean used buses. A bus with less than 200k is going be rare in Va.

Mr. Courtney Hardy
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Tatum
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United States
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Posted - 04/26/2010 :  2:57:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Any ideas of where these buses came from?

http://www.wesellschoolbuses.com/1247/5.html

http://www.wesellschoolbuses.com/1251/5.html
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hardybusman
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Posted - 04/26/2010 :  6:25:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The little Vista is either Richmond City or Petersburg, I believe. The conventional bus is a 1998 International from Prince Edward Co. T444E with a 5 spd. (a real slugg for pulling out in traffic)

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Tatum
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Posted - 04/26/2010 :  7:36:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There's also a few 1997 Thomas International shorties from Spotsylvania on their website too.
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BusFreak
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Posted - 04/26/2010 :  9:05:13 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
that thomas international is TOTALLY a Prince Edward county bus. Good find! I love the spect'd out bus with the manual transmission.

Oh, and as far as that shorty vista is concerned. There is also a good chance that it is a Norfolk City bus...They had quite a few of those floating around.

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Edited by - BusFreak on 04/27/2010 5:22:58 PM
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hardybusman
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Posted - 04/28/2010 :  5:26:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Norfolk buses had a different driver seat unless this one had been replaced. I sure wouldnt pay 5k for that thing.

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