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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/17/2010 :  2:13:05 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
We have one more day left in the regular school year I feel like I am driving summer school. I understand they had a good auction with the old Bus 74 here in va.beach.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 06/18/2010 :  10:05:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah I bid on the older bus with no hhod and it sold for way more than I expected. I saw today Powhatan has pulled licence off 4 of their 98 - 99 Freightliners. I remember when they were new. It was really cool seeing those for the first time. Odd they pulled those when they are still running older buses. We have been out since last week. I'm off for a couple of weeks then its crunch time getting buses and classrooms back together for another year.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/19/2010 :  08:36:58 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
yes they did very good on that auction from what i heard (good to hear used buses are of value)we still have some 95s and 94s running around as activity buses. The first students I carried on regular route with Bus 74 graduated last night strange how they all went away in the same week. Thanks again Mr. Hardy for the bus pics I am getting very good feedback on them.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 06/19/2010 :  12:24:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thats neat the timing of that. I'm glad you like the pics. I will send you more when I get them loaded. Are you driving summer school?

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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/19/2010 :  1:14:35 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Driving parks and rec field trips because it is so much harder then the other stuff(maybe). It should be a fun time with parks and rec hoping 546 holds up noticing it is leaving a stain on its parking location underneath the left side of the engine.It has almost 62k on it now so could be anything but it is such a cool bus.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 06/20/2010 :  1:46:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
546 your regular bus? Has anyone heard any news on Roanoke's first year under a contractor? I also hear the state roadeo is being held here in Chesterfield Co. this year over at James River H.S. this week on tues., I think.

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old_school
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Posted - 06/22/2010 :  04:54:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
@hardy

What is the reason for the removal of Powhatan's freightliners? are they going to auction them on site or on line? will you try to get some of them?
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hardybusman
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Posted - 06/22/2010 :  07:21:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I dont know what they are going to do. I'm sure they will sell them this summer because they pulled them outside the gate. If you've seen Powhatan's lot in the summer you know its full back there. They really need a bigger lot to park all those buses. I am not interested in them at all. They have added a 2000 TC2000 as well. Common sense tells me if they are getting rid of 99-2000 model buses and still running 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, and 98 there must be problems with them. They all have Cummins engines and I know they have been troublesome. I'll let you know if I find out more.

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old_school
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Posted - 07/07/2010 :  09:08:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I thought Amelia Academy sold that Wayne! good to know they still have it. they had a late 70's early 80's model thomas gmc that look just as good as that one. oh well when it comes down to aution time....she's all mine!!!
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hardybusman
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Posted - 07/09/2010 :  3:39:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I doubt they sell that bus any time soon. I know one of the board members and he says they gonna keep those old mechanical diesels as long as they can. They use that bus for activity and changed the rear so it will run 65+....

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/13/2010 :  1:18:53 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Some of us really miss those old Internationals those things were great I will never understand changing things that work and work well. I will be in Petersburg tomorrow with a group and then going to Kings Dominion on Thursday with a much of other buses from Va. Beach not sure of anyone with a brand new one going. Our first set of regular C2s from 2008 have started losing their battery door it is getting kind of funny to hear that called in there is another what was wrong with the old style body.

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old_school
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Posted - 07/19/2010 :  7:57:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Today i rode by Southampton's garage on hwy 35 in Courtland, VA. Their yard is small and they didn't have alot of buses. I was surprised not to see a football field full of buses because last time i looked on the map...Southampton County isn't small at all. Im going to try and see each bus yard in VA atleast once before i kick the bucket.
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bsaund09
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USA
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Posted - 07/20/2010 :  09:07:35 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
yeah there fleet is small maybe only like 100 or so buses .they use to stuff there lot with buses at one time maybe they house them else where.cool trying to find all those lots i try sometimes.

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old_school
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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  3:31:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
lol@bsaund09

I forget you're from VA Beach so just 100 buses is small to yall!:)
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Tatum
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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  6:25:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Speaking of VA Beach, how large is their fleet? (total number of buses)
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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  7:12:31 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
highest # 719 -- maybe 40 A buses most spares are in the regular fleet of numbers.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  8:00:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey old school, Powhatan just announced those buses to be sold on a sealed bid due by the 6th of Aug. I would be afraid of them being as that they are keeping much older buses and knowing of the troubles of that Cummins engine. If yu want to see a nice shop visit the Nelson Co. bus shop. Its only 5 or 6 years old and I really like the set up they have. Its behind the H.S. just before you get to the apple orchard.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 07/24/2010 :  4:23:13 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
We are building a new garage but the lot is to small to house the fleet. go figure.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 07/29/2010 :  4:04:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You gotta wonder who plans these things. Powhatans bus shop is smaller and older than ours. They have 80 some buses and we have 12. Ha

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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/07/2010 :  4:23:03 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Mr. Hardy you have got some great pics Isle of Wight Academy has some cool buses. I am happy to be rolling in the same bus for the 4th year maybe the next 4 years will be as good. I have only done about 20,000 this last calendar year but going back on the longer runs so let see how it holds up . I just no dont like the newer buses very unusual for me but then done of them are specked out as nice as mine without ac i enjoy the 2 roof vents.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 08/08/2010 :  06:58:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been driving my 90 GMC for 5 years now and I really am going to hate to see it be put down. I know it wont last forever but with money as tight as it is here I may be in it for a long while. Only 3 more weeks till school starts here. Does any one know if there are any more 4 light buses left in Va? I know of a couple private schools but I am curious of the public schools.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/08/2010 :  10:29:04 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
i think most 4 light buses are gone now there is a private school still running a 1983 Ford Thomas.

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Tatum
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Posted - 08/08/2010 :  10:57:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Why don't private schools' buses follow the same things that public school buses do? I noticed many of those private school academy buses have logos.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/08/2010 :  1:50:55 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
They are not gov't owned buses only requirement to be a school bus is routine state inspection. Some of the bigger private own companies come pretty close to the city school buses.The Virginia Pupil Transportation office for the state has specific guidelines regarding school buses funded by the state.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 08/09/2010 :  3:08:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As a private school, bus operator I have to follow federal regs. for a School Bus such as lettering, color, and safety equipment but we are not bound to Virginia Department of Educations regulations. We are a private organization and do not transport public students, only our own. We have our own in-house set of guidelines for our fleet. If we had to meet state standards we would have to either buy our buses new, speced. for Va. or buy used buses from Va. schools. Most of our buses come from Maryland. Bsaund09 is right on the guidelines.

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old_school
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Posted - 08/12/2010 :  5:03:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks hardy, i rode by powhatan the other day, one of the freightliners grill is gone and the hood looks busted up. Also, how long will you keep driving your gmc, why are you putting it down. I like the fact that private schools are still running the older buses.
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hardybusman
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Posted - 08/14/2010 :  2:10:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well I dont plan on putting it down its just that its getting a little ragged. If the bus was a liitle newer I would probably consider a new engine. Its making a strange noise and smokes a lot on the highway, other than that it drives and rides REALLY good and is very comfortable to drive on long trips. Private schools dont run older buses because we want to its because its all we can afford. lol. I have friends at several academys and we all do agree that the older mechanical diesels especially the Internationals are far more dependable than the newer ones. I'm not sure who bought those buses from Powhatan, Three of them needed transmissions but 2 were in great shape, I'm not sure why they sold them being they havent bought a bus since '08. and not looking to get any more for another year or 2.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/17/2010 :  12:40:31 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Wow, Mr. Hardy those are the fasted most viewed photos I have seen yet.You have a great selection thanks very much for the sharing . It does make me miss those days time never stops but they were fun days . Looking forward to the new school year 3 weeks from today we still dont have route sheets yet but I am sure they are working on them.

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hardybusman
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Posted - 08/17/2010 :  5:29:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We get back to rolling on the 30th. Those were some good 'ol buses and most were retired with well over 200-250k miles. I looked yesterday and we only have 3 buses with less than 200k, three buses with over 300k and one with 430k miles. I'll send you the rest of our old buses when I geta chance to scan them. Thanks again for posting them I'm glad people enjoy them!!

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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/23/2010 :  5:07:27 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Found an interesting sell item on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260654047701&viewitem=&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26its%3DI%26otn%3D2&category=6728

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SuperiorGMC1963
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Posted - 08/23/2010 :  8:51:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bsaund09

Found an interesting sell item on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260654047701&viewitem=&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26its%3DI%26otn%3D2&category=6728



It certainly is interesting! The chassis, according to the manufacturer's plate was manufactured in June of 1978 and the body in May of 1981. Seems strange for a chassis to sit around that long. I liked the looks of those ol' Ford chassis.

Ted

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Thomas Ford 85-16
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Posted - 08/24/2010 :  06:40:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit Thomas Ford 85-16's Homepage  Send Thomas Ford 85-16 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Ted, I'll agree with you in that I like the old Ford hoods from that era, but not because they were good looking. I'll call them nostalgic and beastly, but they are somewhat plain, bordering on ugly. I have to wonder who designed that, stepped back and said, "Damn that looks good."

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Tatum
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United States
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Posted - 08/24/2010 :  3:37:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
^He must've helped design the Vista, too.
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old_school
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Posted - 09/27/2010 :  5:02:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I went by two scrap yards, one in Farmville, Va (Prince Edward county) and the other in Kenbridge, Va (Lunenburg county). I see that it must be cheaper to sell buses for scrap than to auction them off. Nottoway county has sent several of their early 90's fords to the businesses.
Sadly, they looked like they were in pretty good shape.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 09/27/2010 :  7:47:26 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
yes, they are worth lots of to scrap yards . they do sell some that way and i guess if it is damaged they pay to have it scraped . just about every piece is worth something to recycle.

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