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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.

"Hardybusman"
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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.

"Hardybusman"
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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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C.HARDY
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Posted - 05/15/2011 :  12:51:36 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I stumbled across an interesting find the other day. I was on a field trip and two buses from Matthews County rolled up. One was a fairly new Freightliner and the other a very shiny International. I got to talking to the driver and he said it was a 1991 model. School board said no new buses last year so they decided to repaint the oldest buses. This thing looked brand new. It was repainted profressionally and had a white roof that looked factory. He didnt know who painted it but it looked great. Thats the first county bus I've ever seen re-done like that. They must plan on keeping it a while.

"Hardybusman"
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bsaund09
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Posted - 05/15/2011 :  6:01:35 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Virginia Beach just got in some new C2s . I know I should be interested in the new but more interested in what they traded out like those old buses.http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/media/set/?set=a.10150170814653603.308771.191775473602

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C.HARDY
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Posted - 05/16/2011 :  4:48:17 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Wonder why they arent decked out with chrome like ours?

"Hardybusman"
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Jake
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Posted - 05/22/2011 :  10:46:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Here's some toasty VA Thomases:
https://www.iaai.com/Vehicles/VehicleDetails.aspx?auctionID=0&itemID=11014310&RowNumber=97
https://www.iaai.com/Vehicles/VehicleDetails.aspx?auctionID=0&itemID=11019498&RowNumber=99#
https://www.iaai.com/Vehicles/VehicleDetails.aspx?auctionID=0&itemID=11019499&RowNumber=98
https://www.iaai.com/Vehicles/VehicleDetails.aspx?auctionID=0&itemID=11018756&RowNumber=116


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Edited by - Jake on 05/22/2011 10:50:05 PM
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C.HARDY
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Posted - 05/23/2011 :  1:20:16 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I like the description of the exterior color. "Brown"!!! LOL LOL

"Hardybusman"
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old_school
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Posted - 05/25/2011 :  5:29:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Gosh! When did that happen?
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C.HARDY
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Posted - 06/08/2011 :  5:25:25 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Well.....I see Va. Beach made the cover of SBF magazine. Interesting article on their new facility. I have a roof top garden on my shop but its moss growing in the gutters...lol

"Hardybusman"
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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/10/2011 :  09:31:53 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Yes it is a charming place. I just enjoy being totally restricted on where we can walk when we are there. You never see the bus once it goes through the automated black iron rod fencing so I guess we trust them to keep us safe. The transportation office now you have to sign in to visit the people you need to see they hired someone for that job yet they have no money. It is nice green building but someone really needs to cut the weeds looks snakey.

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C.HARDY
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Posted - 06/10/2011 :  5:26:04 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Yeah you dont see any of that in the article.....

"Hardybusman"
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bsaund09
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Posted - 06/11/2011 :  08:51:21 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I noticed that it was a great pic of Bus 26 . I mean I know it was well deserved and some rules were required under new guidelines but it just doesnt feel very friendly.

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C.HARDY
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Posted - 06/26/2011 :  7:02:56 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I've got a question for the northern Va. guys. Did Loudon County have Fords with Thomas bodies in 1986 and 87? I believe they were automatic transmissions. Also were there some 1987 Internationals with both Thomas and Carpenter bodies? They had 5 speed transmissions. I seem to recall these but not 100% sure about the Carpenters.

"Hardybusman"
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Tatum
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Posted - 08/09/2011 :  12:16:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Look at this oldie!

http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=597599
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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/09/2011 :  7:11:02 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Yeah, got a few pics a couple of years ago from outside the fence -- sad to see it sold but would love to see someone get it and redo it.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/10/2011 :  10:19:38 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Interesting they call it a Warrick body company -- should be Ward Body Co.

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BusFreak
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Posted - 08/10/2011 :  11:15:51 AM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Brian. It looks like that new BIG church on Great Neck road bought up those All American REs you used to drive. I saw them lined up in their parking lot the other day. Looks like they are painting them white, and they really do look pretty good! Those will be good for their highway driving they likely do.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 08/10/2011 :  1:19:53 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
yes, they bought 73 and 78 both were running when sold I hope they like them. we still have the 4 CNG buses not sure what is happening with them.

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BusFreak
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Posted - 08/10/2011 :  2:27:37 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I wouldn't be surprised if they shipped them up here to Arlington. They LOVE CNG up here. They have at least one CNG school bus, but the whole Arlington transit system runs on CNG, and most Metrobuses (DC's Transit System) that run through ARlington are CNG.

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