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old_school
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Posted - 10/25/2010 :  8:59:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It's a shame, i drove passed ABC recycling in Lunenburg county and saw a 67-68ish thomas dodge that was apparently in someone's yard that was sold to them..The old bus actually looked really good,enough to restore, i couldn't see the name of what county it may have came from. shucks i wonder if they will resell it?
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bsaund09
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USA
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Posted - 10/27/2010 :  06:49:26 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Considering age and location I doubt it is up for a resell. It would be cool to see a pic of it. The 67 Dodge was the coolest look to me of the Dodge years. Great find .

keep those buses rolling
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old_school
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Posted - 11/04/2010 :  2:42:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I will try the next time im off...by the way love your pic website and the additions by hardy bus man is superb..by the way...Hadybusman..where is richmond outreach center located? midlothian turnpike?
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bsaund09
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Posted - 11/14/2010 :  5:27:00 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
hey "old school" Mr. Hardy wanted me to pass the info about ROC it is located on Midlo. Pike right next to the old Overnite Terminal. He is having troubles logging into the Forum.

keep those buses rolling
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old_school
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Posted - 11/15/2010 :  04:31:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
10 4 thanks
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old_school
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Posted - 12/27/2010 :  08:58:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
To Fairfax Drivers.

Do "yall" have any waynes as spares in your fleet?
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IC
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Posted - 12/27/2010 :  8:51:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by old_school

To Fairfax Drivers.

Do "yall" have any waynes as spares in your fleet?




No. The last Waynes were 1989's (64 pax on a Ford chassis). I believe they were auctioned in the summer of '07...they gotta go when they're 18 years old. My first assigned bus was one of these '89 Ford/Waynes. (Man, the air brakes were noisy on those buses!).

After '89, they started buying 78 pax BB TC-2000s in '90 & '91...they're gone now too. (They also had a handful of '89 BB AAFEs)

Current spares are mostly '97 & '98 Thomas ERs and a few '99 AmTran REs.

For some reason, unknown to me, they just got rid of all our '94 Thomas ERs. They hadn't reached mandatory retirement age and I can't imagine that ALL of them needed major repairs that were not worth it. They were pretty good buses...they had high headroom and Cummins engines....the '97s & '98s are low headroom with Cat engines.
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Jake
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Posted - 01/02/2011 :  4:10:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I figured I'd reply to this thread.. i've been reading through the other pages trying to catch up. I've really started to gain interest in VA buses since I visited VA for the first time over the summer while I was participating in a church mission project.

VA is a really nice state and I always thought VA buses looked pretty bland due to the lack of logos, small fonts, etc.. but it was really cool to see the buses in person. I visited the VA Beach area and it was definitely worth the trip, what was also interesting was those huge tunnels that went under the ocean... never seen anything like it!

Bus-wise, I saw a lot of buses from Chesapeake Schools, they had a pretty nice fleet. Lots of Thomas ER's, HDX's and some first generation Visions. I have some pics I'll share whenever I get around to updating my website. I was also surprised to see some early 90s ER's on the road there, they looked to be in pretty good condition. The highlight, though, was I saw a late 1980's Wayne Chevrolet that was converted into a "Mobile Store".. painted baby blue but it was still obvious that it was an ex. VA bus.

Overall I was very impressed and I think i'll probably start trying to keep up with this thread and contribute in if you all don't mind.

Also, saw this on flickr today.. I can't believe people have the nerve to do this kind of stuff:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bas68/5316853745/

-Jake

Edited by - Jake on 01/02/2011 4:11:08 PM
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bsaund09
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Posted - 01/10/2011 :  04:14:26 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Yeah, I know that driver and bus she takes everything in stride i guess that was a vandlism job done on her bus the pic is at the garage. We do have a bland fleet in Virginia but everything is in uniform according to policy adopted by the state. Great comments Jake and yeah tunnels are a way of life here.

keep those buses rolling
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Tatum
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Posted - 01/23/2011 :  8:47:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A 1995 Thomas International from Virginia Beach on eBay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Yr-1995-Thomas-Built-School-/120675629024?pt=Buses&hash=item1c18d3f7e0

Edited by - Tatum on 01/23/2011 8:47:36 PM
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BusFreak
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Posted - 02/05/2011 :  05:58:49 AM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
http://www.floridachurchbus.com/02m6412amtr78/two.html

Look what I found! Clearly a piggy back from the FCPS 2002 order (Just without A/C). I'm 99% sure this is from Fluvana County, which is ironic that they'd be selling such a new bus since they are still running 89s. They used to send this on long distance trips. I guess they must not have a shop geared toward servicing REs, which we all know how the T444E likes TLC...

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Tatum
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Posted - 02/05/2011 :  07:45:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
^That 2002 AmTran RE is from Rockbridge County Public Schools (#31).

Later today, I'll post the rest of the buses from Florida Church Bus that are from Virginia along with the names of the school districts thay owned them becAuse I know who they previously belonged to.

Edited by - Tatum on 02/05/2011 08:01:40 AM
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Tatum
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Posted - 02/05/2011 :  5:32:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's what I know for sure, I'm 100% positive.

http://floridachurchbus.com/95m6371ford35p/two.html Greensville County Public Schools #44
http://floridachurchbus.com/02m6412amtr78/two.html Rockbrdige County Public Schools #31
http://floridachurchbus.com/00m6367thomfe.jpg Greensville County Public Schools #33
http://floridachurchbus.com/98m6423genesis.jpg Gouchland County Public Schools #32
http://floridachurchbus.com/99m6444genesis.jpg Gouchland County Public Schools #33

Now, since I've told you what all of the above previously belonged to, can you Virginians help me out? :)

http://floridachurchbus.com/91m6309gmc9rowgas.jpg 1991 GMC 366 5 speed/hydraulic brakes
http://floridachurchbus.com/98m6259gmc11rowgas.jpg 1998 GMC 366 5 speed/hydraulic brakes
http://floridachurchbus.com/95m6417genesis.jpg 1995 AmTran Genesis FE..From what I can make out, it looks like it's from Buena Vista County Public Schools #4. I'm not certain about this one, though.





Edited by - Tatum on 02/05/2011 5:45:39 PM
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bsaund09
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Posted - 02/08/2011 :  5:58:00 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
hey great finds for sure good work

keep those buses rolling
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory
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bsaund09
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Posted - 02/11/2011 :  09:04:20 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Tatum -- Mr. Hardy said to let you know the older gas GMC s your talking about are from Scott County.

keep those buses rolling
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Tatum
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Posted - 02/11/2011 :  12:59:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
^Thank you to relaying the info to me.

If you get a chance, tell Mr. Hardy 'thank you' for me! :)

Here's a nice looking FS65 from Powhatan, VA up for auction on eBay.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2000-Frieghtliner-Thomas-School-Bus-/250771769830?pt=Buses&hash=item3a632989e6

Edited by - Tatum on 02/11/2011 1:56:32 PM
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BusFreak
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USA
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Posted - 02/12/2011 :  9:48:54 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Check that out! A full size automatic transmission bus in VA with hydraulic brakes! I thought you all said that was not possible unless it had the weird Lucas something break system. I KNEW I had seem this before, and was certain I had seen it in both Powhatan County and in King George County. COOL FIND!

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Tatum
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United States
606 Posts

Posted - 02/12/2011 :  11:50:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
^I guess since it's from a private contractor (Mr. Hardy's), his buses don't need to be spec'd like buses purchased by the state are.

I wonder why Mr. Hardy doesn't trade his buses in?

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Tatum
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606 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2011 :  1:34:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Any ideas?

http://floridachurchbus.com/92m5803ihbb9r5sp/two.html
http://floridachurchbus.com/91m6415tcac/two.html

This one is from Buena Vista County Public Schools (#7)

http://floridachurchbus.com/98m6419treac/two.html

Edited by - Tatum on 02/16/2011 3:36:00 PM
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bsaund09
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Posted - 02/17/2011 :  08:42:30 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Suffolk had a transit bluebird numbered Bus 1 not sure if that is it.

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Tatum
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Posted - 02/17/2011 :  12:53:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On second thought, I do know the former operator of the 1991 TC2000. It belonged to Buena Vista County Public Schools.
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C.HARDY
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Posted - 02/17/2011 :  4:01:15 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Hey all! I'm back. I've been busy and my account went inactive. I'm selling that bus for a friend, and its not a county bus its private. They ordered it with hydraulic brakes. Its a decent bus and they couldnt get much for trade in. $6000.00 will buy it.
BTW its Buena Vista City not County just so nobody gets upset with ya. The International is from Scott County. Theres a pic of it on bsaunds flikr.

"Hardybusman"

Edited by - C.HARDY on 02/17/2011 4:04:05 PM
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Jake
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Posted - 02/17/2011 :  4:49:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote
http://wesellchurchbuses.com/1328/5.html

New photos of the IC RE. Nice bus!
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Tatum
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United States
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Posted - 02/19/2011 :  06:46:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
King George County Public Schools #52.

http://www.floridachurchbus.com/99m6458tcshorty/two.html
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C.HARDY
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Posted - 02/20/2011 :  7:57:28 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BusFreak

Check that out! A full size automatic transmission bus in VA with hydraulic brakes! I thought you all said that was not possible unless it had the weird Lucas something break system. I KNEW I had seem this before, and was certain I had seen it in both Powhatan County and in King George County. COOL FIND!

Thats a private school bus and Powhatan is all air brake, not sure about King George.

"Hardybusman"
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Tatum
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Posted - 02/22/2011 :  6:31:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's a video of a former Rockbridge County Public Schools bus in some foreign country.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfXvAQ6YkpA&feature=related
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Maynard
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Posted - 02/24/2011 :  1:44:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit Maynard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Tatum

^That 2002 AmTran RE is from Rockbridge County Public Schools (#31).

Later today, I'll post the rest of the buses from Florida Church Bus that are from Virginia along with the names of the school districts thay owned them becAuse I know who they previously belonged to.



I just found this because I'm actually looking at buying this bus. Does anyone know how I can get service records? What's the best way to go about this?

Thanks for any advice I certainly appreciate it.
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Tatum
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Posted - 02/24/2011 :  3:21:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
^Your best bet is to email Greg Archmabault at gregarchambault@yahoo.com or his son, Greg Archmabult, the owner of BGA School Buses at greg@bgasales.net

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Maynard
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Posted - 02/24/2011 :  4:28:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit Maynard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Tatum, I appreciate it. I've been talking to Greg--very nice guy. I don't want to hijack your forum for my own purposes here because I'm not a professional bus mechanic by trade, but he said he saw the service records and couldn't take them, but the bus is perfect. I'd love it if the bus was perfect, ha! Just trying to find a way to get a faxed copy of the records or something.

I'm not sure if schools do that anymore... I found the directory of Rockbridge County school administrators though so the secretary or transportation may be able to help me.

If anyone has any other ideas please let me know! Thanks, all.
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Tatum
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Posted - 02/24/2011 :  4:59:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm glad that you're interested in that bus! :)
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Jake
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Posted - 02/24/2011 :  6:21:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Maynard

I don't want to hijack your forum for my own purposes here because I'm not a professional bus mechanic by trade..



Feel free to post here and make yourself at home. Tons of bus enthusiasts and other bus owners that lurk here as well! Good luck with your bus and hopefully somebody at the school district can get you copies of the records.

Jake


School Bus Web Discussion Forums: http://schoolbusweb.proboards.com/
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Maynard
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Posted - 02/24/2011 :  6:38:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit Maynard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the nice words and friendly welcome!
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BusFreak
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Posted - 03/05/2011 :  10:24:35 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Saw a Pittsylvania County FS-65 today, and it looked brand new! Guess what else? It was a 65 passenger with hydraulic brakes! The other specs on this bus made it look super new, like it had just left High Point. My thoughts are, could this have been a used bus purchase? It had all of the bells and whistles, except for no air brakes. Tinted windows, fresh black window frames, a white roof, that HUGE new style strobe, etc. I'm wondering if this was a used bus that was "Virgniafied" prior to their purchase, therefor allowing for these hydraulic brakes.

Also saw an interesting 2001 Thomas ER (new style) from Henrico County. This one was a 78 passenger (big), and had the crappy AT545! Obviously, with this being a non-electronic transmission, it had a T handle. On the new style ER and the HDX, they put the T handle on the FLOOR next to the driver's seat! It kindof reminded me of the old MCI Coach buses with the shifter mounted there....

Anyway, does anyone know if Pittsylvania has any air brake buses?

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C.HARDY
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Posted - 03/07/2011 :  1:38:32 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Pittsylvania was still shifting gears up until 2000s. Not exactly sure when they went to automatic transmissions but it was definately after 2000. Remember buses that have the "park" option on the transmission are allowed to have hydraulic brakes in Virginia. That 2001 pusher could have a MT643 transmission and still have a manual shifter.

"Hardybusman"

Edited by - C.HARDY on 03/10/2011 4:45:23 PM
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Tatum
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Posted - 03/18/2011 :  9:03:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There are some more Virginia buses listed on www.floridachurchbus.com

http://floridachurchbus.com/94fordbb64p.jpg Albemarle County Public Schools 1994 Ford Blue Bird
http://floridachurchbus.com/11thumbs/250hptp.jpg Prince William County?

Does anyone know who these belonged to? They're 1996 DT466's.

http://floridachurchbus.com/96vista7row.jpg
http://floridachurchbus.com/96vista41p.jpg

How about this 2000 AmTran? Maybe it's a Charlottesville bus?

http://floridachurchbus.com/00m6352am/two.html

Edited by - Tatum on 03/18/2011 10:02:53 PM
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