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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/28/2010 :  7:26:36 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
the vista the flordia church bus sales has that is short with ac and lift is from va. beach it was our old 473. it was running everyday till they sold it.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 05/01/2010 :  11:59:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They buy alot of Va. buses. They got one of your GMCs also. A12

Mr. Courtney Hardy

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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/02/2010 :  1:01:36 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Ok so that is the old Bus 12 i thought it looked like it they must have gotten that from Merryman or something it has been gone a long time now. That Russell's salavage must get most of ours they dont stay around here.

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Tatum
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Posted - 05/02/2010 :  7:13:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It was listed on Public Surplus.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/02/2010 :  8:01:49 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
A12 was sold on there with public surplus a few years ago but the lettering and number were removed - I am pretty sure you are right that is the one they just sold which would be A121 because my pic shows the tag pretty similar in digits but not the best few of the tag on there.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 05/03/2010 :  6:43:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I saw it on Public Surplus also a few weeks ago and I mighgt have been wrong on the number. I thought it was odd to see such a old bus still on there. Do you know any thing about Eddie Upton? I'm guessing he is Eddies Bus Service? He is supposed to have a large selection of buses down off 58 close to Suffolk, but I'm not exactly sure where.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/03/2010 :  8:09:32 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Eddie's Bus Service is now Ed and Son Bus Service not sure what he did with his inventory but the lot where he had lots of old buses has been cleared.It is hard to believe he scraped all those things but it is possible he had some really cool stock items at one time. He use to be on Military Highway for years and I think he still has a small lot next to the big one but the big one has commercial trucks in there now.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 05/04/2010 :  3:38:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah thats right I remember now. Its been a while since I've been that way. I bet he scrapped out 2 years ago when it was bringing top dollar. I watched buses that didnt even run sell at auction for 800 to 1000 bucks just for scrap. I found a neat old 50s model International with a Superior body the other day on 460 just this side of Lynchburg. The bus was in decent shape for the age. I'll try to get a pic or two next time I'm that way.

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Tatum
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Posted - 05/05/2010 :  8:15:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Charlottesville City Schools?

http://www.wesellschoolbuses.com/1243/5.html
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vabuslover
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Posted - 05/06/2010 :  4:48:38 PM  Show Profile  Click to see vabuslover's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Well, the lettering not being blacked out really gave that one away. Kind of surprising to see they are getting rid of that one so soon. Wonder if something was wrong with it?
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IC RE 1629
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Posted - 05/06/2010 :  5:14:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by vabuslover

Well, the lettering not being blacked out really gave that one away. Kind of surprising to see they are getting rid of that one so soon. Wonder if something was wrong with it?



I was at Sonny Merryman's not long ago and they had a ton of their old buses on the used bus lot. They have a good size order of new HDX's coming in. I was honored to drive one that had only arrived from High Point about 45 minutes prior.
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hardybusman
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Posted - 05/06/2010 :  6:38:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does anyone know if there are any gasoline buses still in Virginia? I know of some Minotours but I was curious about larger buses. I think Brunskick Co. had a few but they are having an auction next Thurs. and all the buse listed are gas, 87-89 model Ford and Chevy.

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Tatum
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Posted - 05/06/2010 :  7:03:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by vabuslover

Well, the lettering not being blacked out really gave that one away. Kind of surprising to see they are getting rid of that one so soon. Wonder if something was wrong with it?



There are three more Charlottesville AmTran REs on the used bus site, too.
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BusFreak
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Posted - 05/07/2010 :  1:25:53 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
There are a few of the newer style GMC/Chevrolet Bluebirds running around VA running on gasoline. I want to say Northampton county has/had a few...stick shifts too!

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hardybusman
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Posted - 05/08/2010 :  07:59:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah Northampton had a few for sale on eBay a while ago. They were 1996 models and I thought they might be the last ones. I always wondered why they stuck with gas so long.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/08/2010 :  08:40:17 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Northhampton County use to travel with Bus 28 everywhere they went it must have had one good gasoline motor. I think the life of the transit I had Bus 74 is about to come to an end in Va Beach the motor has gone again and I dont think they are going to repair it anymore. It about 190K miles on it still a nice bus.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 05/09/2010 :  07:23:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I believe 28 was the one I saw auctioned off. It was a 1996 GMC. How does Va Beach go about assigning new buses? I have a friend in Chesterfield and he said they give out new buses based on seniority and then hand down the older one. The senior drivers get a new bus every 5 years. Here in Powhatan they place the new buses between the senior drivers or whoever has the longer routes. As always the subs. and field trip buses are thr oldest.

Mr. Courtney Hardy

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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/09/2010 :  4:23:07 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
We are on a 5 year rotation also senority first. The older buses kind of end up just about everywhere we are a running a really nice fleet right now expect people dont care to much for the C2s.

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old_school
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Posted - 05/09/2010 :  8:32:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Let me see if i can catch up on previously asked questions.

@hardybusman
Where did you here that Brunswick County is having an auction, i would like to go? I went by Nottoway County the other day for a game and saw they still have a few fords from the early to mid 90's running but im not surprised most rural districts are going to hold on to those buses if they are still good. I was told by a friend of mine that work there that they ones that they retired earlier this year, the county administrator got a better price for the buses to be scrapped then to sell right off. Sad to see them head up to Farmville or Kenbridge to be scrapped but you gotta do what you gotta do now.

And yes i too have see Fluvanna County's fleet, it is old but just like my screen name states. i kinda admire the them for keeping the old school buses look and working good. Charlotte County has an sort of old fleet too, not too bad though. Halifax and Pittsylvania im not too sure about. Do any of you VA Beach drivers know anything about Southampton's fleet? They have recently started playing the schools up in this area.

That bus 41 that was mentioned earlier that is being sold is from Prince Edward County. I used to drive there and the lady that had that bus got a c2 now. Even though im not driving anymore, i try to keep up with friends i made through the years traveling to games throughout the Southside and James River Districts affiliated counties.

I don't think Brunswick is running full size gasoline buses n e more but if they are that will surprise me. Appomattox, Amelia and Lunenburg counties are the only counties i know that still run sticks, Amelia is buying automatics but still have a few sticks running routes. Prince Edward got out of that back in 1998/ 1999 but still run a few as spares. Not sure about Buckingham or Cumberland. Appomattox still run the smaller 54 pass. buses instead of the 64. Nottoway is all automatic. Mecklenburg ,Greensville and Dinwiddie i believe is automatic also.


Sorry for the long post, but i hope to have answered some of the questions.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 05/10/2010 :  4:40:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello there old school!! Brunswick's sale was advertised on auctionzip.com. I think its this Wed. They do have 1 or 2 gassers for spares but they may be parked now due to the sale. You seem to cover a lot of turf here in Southside. You asked about Southampton Co. and from what I see they still have some 88 model Minotours and 91 Int'ls for spares. The 91's are 52 passengers and have 7.3Ls and automatic. Its neat how they number their buses after the year model. ex. 941,942,943 would be 94 models, 051 would be a 05, etc. I'm in Powhatan Co. and I think we have a very nice fleet. I work for the academy in Powhatan and all our buses are bought used.

bsaund09, it seems the drivers around here dont care for the C2's either. I have a friend in Chesterfield and they are not big fans of the bus. Most of their drivers prefer the EF Thomas.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/31/2010 :  7:21:24 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
ok added lots of new pics to my flicker site will added details later with more time but some of these are just old buses and special thanks to hardybusman for providing some super great finds of school bus history days for sure.http://www.flickr.com/photos/7372257@N05/4657985841/

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Tatum
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Posted - 05/31/2010 :  10:31:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How many All Americans does/did Virginia Beach operate? How old are those units?
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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/01/2010 :  02:58:52 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
We had 3 All Americans bought back in 1999. They have retired 2 of them now selling a least one shortly.

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Tatum
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Posted - 06/01/2010 :  10:21:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Those are the only All Amreican REs I've seen in Virginia (at least in pictures). I'm sure it's sad to see them go.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/01/2010 :  1:34:38 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
It is sad i put many miles on Bus 74 and 78 when they were new. It is hard to believe they are being sold but time marches on.

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HCPSFan
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Posted - 06/02/2010 :  10:12:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Any other VA drivers have issues with the kids "Pooting" on their busses? Its a big issue where im from, I was wondering if anyone else had the same issue.
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old_school
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Posted - 06/02/2010 :  5:02:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
@hardybusman...That c2 "up on the hill" is in Pittsylvania County near danville va right? The Bible Way church bus (chevy) is off of hwy 58 in Mecklenburg County near or passed Boydton. Mecklenburg still has alot of older buses just like most of us rural folk will soon find out. but hey, if it runs and looks good, why junk them?

@bsaund09...One of the pics you uploaded on May 28th. The group of older bluebird fords with the thomas ford in the middle. I went to Nottoway County growing up and they had a load of those 4 light mostly yellow with the one black stripe in the middle of the bus. In my travels i've basically seen every type of bus that you have posted in someone's back yard except for that one. mannnn i miss them
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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/03/2010 :  08:38:31 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Hardybusman deserves the credit for some of the recent pics added he has a great collection very happy to show them off. Yes i actually took the time while driving down Hwy 58 to stop and take a few pics. there is a house very near the Bibleway Church bus going toward South Boston with a 1966 or so Chevy Wayne still labeled with the front bummer now painted green use to be black with a number 158 on it.However that bus in the backyard i tried getting shots from the road but no good to house doesnt have much of a side strip to stop on if anyone is game go for it. That would be a great find not many of them around.

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old_school
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Posted - 06/03/2010 :  6:23:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yeah i the only thomas ford i seen like that was behind someone's house i saw a couple of weeks ago, went by there today and now it's gone:(. Scrap metal business is getting alot of people's business now adays. There is a guy (junk yard) near concord,va (Appomattox/Campbell county line) that i see every now and then with some oldies.
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Tatum
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Posted - 06/03/2010 :  6:56:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bsaund09

It is sad i put many miles on Bus 74 and 78 when they were new. It is hard to believe they are being sold but time marches on.



It's pretty sad to see that 74 has a 'POOR' status on Public Surplus. :(

Virginia Beach has listed some buses on Public Surplus today.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/03/2010 :  8:11:56 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Yeah Tatum it needs some work but overal still a very nice bus.

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Tatum
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Posted - 06/03/2010 :  8:52:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What do the A and B letters on Virginia Beach's buses mean?
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hardybusman
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Posted - 06/05/2010 :  12:08:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
bsaund09, thanks for all the credit you gave me. I have had the best time over the years finding and taking pics of those buses. Working in School Transportation has been a great venture and I've made a lot of great friends. I may not know anyone on here but I do consider you all friends.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/07/2010 :  7:14:22 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
yes, sir your find is a great addition some of us still remember those great buses of the past.the petersburg Bus 105 is a huge find and to see in full operation that is to cool. I wish i had been more of a picture taker back in those days but have a nice little bit of most of those days. still looking for an early 1970s Bluebird IHC pic with" school bus stop state law" but no luck around here.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 06/08/2010 :  4:50:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wish I had started taking pics earlier as well. The first bus I drove was a 1978 Ford Ward. It was a gasser with an Automatic transmission. It came out of Maryland. That Petersburg bus was contracted from Virginia Overland. It is a 1974 Ford. I belive the picture was taken in the very early 80's. I have a friend that worked there several years back in the good old days and he gave me several old pics of their buses. I worked there in the shop for a while in 96-97. I'll keep my eyes peeled for that old bird pic you are looking for.

Mr. Courtney Hardy

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