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Tatum
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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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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

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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"

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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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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 [email protected] or his son, Greg Archmabult, the owner of BGA School Buses at [email protected]

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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


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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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C.HARDY
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Posted - 03/19/2011 :  10:27:02 AM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
The seven row Vista is more than likely a Prince Wm. bus. I have a friend that runs one identical to that and his is from Prince wm.

"Hardybusman"
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Tatum
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Posted - 03/19/2011 :  2:46:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
^I don't see the handicap lift on them anywhere, yet they have handicap stickers on the rears.
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C.HARDY
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Posted - 03/22/2011 :  3:27:10 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Those werent lift equipped but do have the handicapped decals. I have a Pr. wm. in my fleet that had a handicapped placard but no lift. The 96 model lift buses were conventional 52 passengers but the non lift handicapped were those Vistas. I dont know why?

"Hardybusman"

Edited by - C.HARDY on 03/22/2011 3:28:39 PM
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Tatum
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Posted - 03/22/2011 :  4:18:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Any ideas?

http://floridachurchbus.com/00m6352am/two.html 2000 AmTran RE.

I believe the buses below are from Northhampton County Public Schools. I could be wrong, though.

http://floridachurchbus.com/97m6377gmbbgas5sp/two.html 1997 GMC Blue Bird (gas/5 spd)
http://floridachurchbus.com/98m6379gmbbgas5sp/two.html 1998 GMC Blue Bird (gas/5 spd)
http://floridachurchbus.com/98m6378gmbbgas5sp/two.html 1998 GMC Blue Bird (gas/5 spd)


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C.HARDY
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Posted - 03/23/2011 :  6:43:39 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I would think that pusher is from Charlottesville City but not sure. Those gas buses are for sure from Northampton. I believe they were the last ones to operate gas powered buses. I never knew why they didnt switch to diesel until so late.

"Hardybusman"
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Jake
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Posted - 03/23/2011 :  7:19:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1994-Blue-Bird-GMC-School-Bus-64-Passenger-5-Speed-/190514918530?pt=Buses&hash=item2c5b92f482

Here's another ex. VA unit, appears to be contractor owned (or at least at the time of retirement).


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Tatum
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Posted - 03/23/2011 :  8:37:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
^I like that one. It has a 3116 Cat, too.

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Jake
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Posted - 03/24/2011 :  2:45:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/VERY-CLEAN-2000-BLUE-BIRD-TC2000-BUS-VIRGINIA-/380327017907?pt=Buses&hash=item588d41bdb3

I hate to post again, but heres a really nice '00 TC2000 with VA specs on the bay .

Some scrap buses:
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=542722
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=542740
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=543781

Ford Thomases:
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=544185
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=544215
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=544191
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=544178
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=544147
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=544138
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=544142

AmTrans/ IC:
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=544242
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=542968
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=543794

totaled HDX:
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=544221


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Edited by - Jake on 03/24/2011 3:05:03 PM
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Tatum
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Posted - 03/24/2011 :  5:09:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
^If that bus really is Virigina spec'd, I'm surprise the see the absence of the chain box/storage box in the rear.

The passenger capacity in the description also seems way of, too.

Edited by - Tatum on 03/24/2011 5:26:22 PM
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BusFreak
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Posted - 03/25/2011 :  06:49:36 AM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Charlottesville City's AmTrans didn't have extended skirting, and were one row shorter. The only ones who bought a bunch just like that one were Fairfax and Loudoun counties....This one could have been tagged onto those orders. From the looks of the black outs, it's Something COUNTY public schools, as the second blackout isn't near short enough for CITY. I can 99% say it's NOT a fairfax bus though. My guess is Loudoun, as it's about the time they'd be retiring those.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/25/2011 :  08:42:00 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
hey, got to go to the new garage and transportation office yesterday very nice place not much room for buses but otherwise very nice. it is a little more ways to travel .

keep those buses rolling
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BusFreak
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Posted - 03/25/2011 :  11:52:03 AM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Where is it Brian? How's the new bus?

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C.HARDY
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Posted - 03/25/2011 :  4:05:34 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I never thought about Loudon County. I didnt know they had Amtrans pushers that old. I thought they were Thomas buses.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/25/2011 :  7:48:15 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
hey, thomas -- yeah the new Va. Bch School Bus Garage is on Harpers Rd. the other side of Oceana base it is nice place but very limited on space as far as bus parking. The new bus wash is not working yet and there is fueling on that site at all. The new bus not sure it is there now waiting repair it kept showing engine warning lights and then would lock the gas pedal out causing recycling to be needed which is a pain if you have already made pupil stops because of child check systems. There are links on the school systems website with pics of the new place.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/25/2011 :  7:50:43 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
sorry typo on last -- no fueling allowed at new site Oceana Base made some restrictions that is one of them to.

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C.HARDY
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Posted - 03/26/2011 :  09:54:34 AM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
You gotta wonder why they build a shop that doesnt have the room for buses like it should. The old Oceana shop was tight also wasnt it?

"Hardybusman"
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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/26/2011 :  2:05:03 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
yeah,not sure why they built there but they orginally werent not going to be able to house all the spares there but from what i could tell they are all there. Yes tight parking all over Glenwood Garage is nice but small. They will still use the old site for overflow parking and compound parking for the summer.

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