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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

keep those buses rolling
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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.

keep those buses rolling
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory
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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?

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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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Tatum
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Posted - 03/26/2011 :  3:06:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Expect an announcement, or something new, from Sonny Merryman, Inc.
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bsaund09
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Posted - 03/27/2011 :  09:23:32 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
wow, are they bringing back the FS 65 improved.

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Tatum
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Posted - 03/27/2011 :  11:57:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No. :P The announcement probably won't be a for a little while, but at least it's something.

I'd love to see the old FS65 roll out of High Point again!
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Tatum
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Posted - 04/09/2011 :  2:57:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Newport News?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1994-BLUEBIRD-SCHOOL-BUS-/290554408680?pt=Buses&hash=item43a6646ee8
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old_school
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Posted - 04/17/2011 :  5:17:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Gloucester County lost 17 buses during the tornado the other day, and a middle school was either destroyed or heavily damage. Just come to show, Tornadoes are not just in the midwest anymore. Unfortunate that lives were lost...Be thankful, when you think you have it bad, somewhere/someone else have it worse....just pray yall.
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Jake
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Posted - 04/17/2011 :  5:35:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote


http://www.abc2news.com/gallerys/news/news_photo_gallery/Tornado-rips-through-Tushka,-Oklahoma_6259795

Reminded me of this photo i saw earlier today. Even though thats not VA, I'm sure its a familiar sight all over the east coast. Thankful we were spared from the worst of the storm here in KY, though my thoughts and prayers go out to all the rest. Very bad outbreak for this year.


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C.HARDY
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Posted - 04/28/2011 :  12:17:27 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Was over in King William yesterday and it was cool seeing S series International Bluebirds still hauling kids. I would say they were 88 models. DT360s with 5 speeds and looked to still be in decent shape.

"Hardybusman"
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Tatum
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Posted - 04/29/2011 :  12:02:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Virginia Beach is auctioning more buses off on Public Surplus, and it looks like this may be the end of the All American RE's. :(
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bsaund09
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Posted - 04/30/2011 :  08:55:53 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Yes, it is the end of them they were great in their day. The four CNGs from Thomas are also out of service and slated to be bought by another school district ending the transits in Virginia Beach.

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C.HARDY
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Posted - 05/02/2011 :  3:07:54 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Hey Brian didnt you drive 74? I thought it was already gone?

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C.HARDY
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Posted - 05/02/2011 :  4:42:10 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Just thought I'd pass it along that Mark Fisher, Pres. of the former Virginia Overland Charter Service and Overland Bus Sales "Virginia's Wayne dealer" passed away over the weekend. Mark was a big supporter of the yellow school bus, and a firm believer in Wayne Body buses. I dont know any more details but will pass them along as I find out. Mark used to post on here quite often.

"Hardybusman"
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Jake
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Posted - 05/02/2011 :  4:55:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by C.HARDY

Just thought I'd pass it along that Mark Fisher, Pres. of the former Virginia Overland Charter Service and Overland Bus Sales "Virginia's Wayne dealer" passed away over the weekend. Mark was a big supporter of the yellow school bus, and a firm believer in Wayne Body buses. I dont know any more details but will pass them along as I find out. Mark used to post on here quite often.



Very sad and sorry to hear that and my thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have to suffer with this loss.

Is this the same Mark who used to go by "vaoverland" and operates the Wayne Bus Enthusiasts group on Yahoo?
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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/02/2011 :  6:10:33 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Sorry to hear of Mark Fisher's loss seems like someone everyday. Yes, Mr. Hardy I had Bus 74 they did attempt to sell it last spring not sure what happen there but its not unusual for things not to be picked up by the bidder.

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C.HARDY
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Posted - 05/03/2011 :  03:03:37 AM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Yeah Jake that was Mark. I couldnt remember his screen name. I worked for Overland Bus Sales back in 1996 for just a little over a year. Mark was a good guy.

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Jake
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Posted - 05/03/2011 :  05:04:00 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What a shame. I remember Mark's many contributions to the forums, and also the Wayne Bus Enthusiasts group which I've followed for several years now. I think I talked to him once or twice outside the forum as well.

Here's a good read about VA Overland Transportation if you haven't seen it already:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Overland
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C.HARDY
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Posted - 05/04/2011 :  3:03:31 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I posted some on Flickr as well a while back. They were the only contractor and dealership around at the time.

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Jake
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Posted - 05/05/2011 :  6:33:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Article about his death:
http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/Channel/Contractors/News/Print/Story/2011/05/04/Former-owner-president-of-Virginia-bus-company-passes-away.aspx

I posted a message in the Wayne Corp Yahoo Group but I'm not sure if he left any moderators who would approve it to be sent out.
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C.HARDY
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Posted - 05/06/2011 :  2:45:50 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Thats a great article. I'm glad you posted it.

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