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Tatum
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Posted - 11/23/2011 :  09:25:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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C.HARDY
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Posted - 11/23/2011 :  12:30:44 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Hmm they musy have retired their old number 18 a 1990 GMC Bluebird. I wonder why they traded this back to SMI? Thats their stock number on the door.

"Hardybusman"
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bsaund09
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Posted - 11/24/2011 :  3:35:09 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Good question yeah i did think that 958 went out with the trades last spring not sure why they d get rid of it so soon. I just dont remember the orginial number if i did might have a clue as to why.

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BusFreak
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Posted - 11/25/2011 :  1:24:15 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Does anyone know if the FS-65s that Northhampton county has are 5 speeds? They were up there with SPotsylvania as being one of the last to get automatics (If they are currently getting automatics). Does anyone know if they are still getting stick shifts?

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C.HARDY
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Posted - 11/25/2011 :  4:49:31 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Thats a good question. I would like to know if they still operate any gas engines. I'm not sure what year they went to diesel.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 11/26/2011 :  03:18:58 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I am pretty sure they have automatics now and I think they are buying diesel to they actually have a very nice fleet now.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 11/26/2011 :  08:38:32 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Although I am not an authority on Northhampton County seems as though I was told they have autos now . I cant see having a gear shift in the floor of a C2.

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BusFreak
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Posted - 11/26/2011 :  11:51:50 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
The C2 manual transmission is indeed an option! See below

http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=19082

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C.HARDY
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Posted - 11/27/2011 :  06:56:25 AM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I know the newer diesel they have are automatic. I've seem a couple myself but didnt know when they switched. Do they still have any gas buses left Brian? The C2 is the only bus available with a manual transmission option any more.

"Hardybusman"

Edited by - C.HARDY on 11/27/2011 06:58:03 AM
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bsaund09
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Posted - 11/27/2011 :  09:18:11 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
wow, Thomas that is almost to scary maybe we should get some of them lol. I am not sure if Northhampton has anymore gas buses they have really been getting more new buses .

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IC
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Posted - 12/03/2011 :  6:52:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think we got too much time on our hands up here in Fairfax...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QosFHdB89XY

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BusFreak
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Posted - 12/03/2011 :  9:15:10 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Wow Bill,

Please tell me you are a part of that video in some way. That is hilarious!

Are you still driving for the county? I'd imagine you're in a brand new bus by now...oh wait, FCPS hasn't seen one of those for a while...

LOL Long time since we've heard from you, so I hope you are well.

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ltrain2010
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Posted - 12/04/2011 :  01:30:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit ltrain2010's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Just out of curiousity, any Waynes from the late 80s still in service down in VA? Up here in the midwest I see one around here and there.
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IC
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Posted - 12/04/2011 :  1:12:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BusFreak

Wow Bill,

Please tell me you are a part of that video in some way. That is hilarious!

Are you still driving for the county? I'd imagine you're in a brand new bus by now...oh wait, FCPS hasn't seen one of those for a while...

LOL Long time since we've heard from you, so I hope you are well.



Yeah, I'm still at it. Everything's great!

No, I wasn't involved in that video, but I know some of them. It's a year or two old, but I just noticed somebody put it on Youtube.

I'm still in my 2007 ICRE, they're the best buses they have IMO. Unfortunately with that defective paint it looks like hell, but it runs GREAT. It's my last bus. They are saying that they are going to be buying some new buses next year, but most of them will be small buses. I don't care, I wouldn't take a new bus anyway. The new ones don't run near as well as my '07!
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C.HARDY
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Posted - 12/04/2011 :  3:36:16 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ltrain2010

Just out of curiousity, any Waynes from the late 80s still in service down in VA? Up here in the midwest I see one around here and there.

Man, I dont know of any Waynes left around here in central VA.

"Hardybusman"
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Tatum
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Posted - 12/04/2011 :  3:40:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Field School of Charlottesville operates a BEAUTIFUL recently repainted 1995 Wayne Lifeguard if that counts. :)
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old_school
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Posted - 12/06/2011 :  1:40:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Virginia beach getting rid of 2006 cng buses? i wonder why brian? publicsurplus.com
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Tatum
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Posted - 12/06/2011 :  5:39:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yep.

http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=650389

http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=650414
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C.HARDY
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Posted - 12/07/2011 :  1:58:00 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
It looks like Va. Beach is trying to rid their fleet of any problem buses and odd balls. I think thats a good idea if they are getting to be troublesome.

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bsaund09
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Posted - 12/14/2011 :  06:31:50 AM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
yes, the CNG s cost them a few dollars along the way although the two they are selling were both up and running when they pulled them off the routes.

keep those buses rolling
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/schoolbushistory
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Tatum
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Posted - 12/19/2011 :  2:27:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's an ER from some county in VA.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1997-THOMAS-78-PASSENGER-FLAT-NOSE-SCHOOL-BUS-AIR-BRAKES-CAT-3126-DIESEL-162K-/110796791795?pt=Buses&hash=item19cc00dff3#v4-40
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BusFreak
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Posted - 12/19/2011 :  4:44:16 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Arlington County

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C.HARDY
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Posted - 12/19/2011 :  4:56:04 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Nice looking bus

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Tatum
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Posted - 12/29/2011 :  4:04:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Prince William?

http://floridachurchbus.com/98y1414thhcac/two.html
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C.HARDY
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Posted - 12/30/2011 :  07:17:29 AM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Yep. Super nice little buses that are like brand new. I'm not a transit fan but these are in excellent shape inside and out. Really makes you wonder why they would be retired so soon simply for age.

"Hardybusman"

Edited by - C.HARDY on 12/30/2011 07:19:52 AM
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bsaund09
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Posted - 01/01/2012 :  1:47:20 PM  Show Profile  Send bsaund09 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
sometimes they arent as sweet as they look. epa rules really have changed the industry.

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BusFreak
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Posted - 02/28/2012 :  6:23:48 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Sorry to bring up this old topic, but does anyone know if there is a new mandate or something requiring new Special Ed buses to be air conditioned? Arlington County until this year has never had a single air conditioned bus in their fleet. I saw not one, but TWO new special ed buses today with AC! THey have been making some huge cut backs to their specs here too. They went back to buying conventionals a few years ago, and as of last year no longer spec LED lighting or air ride suspension. WIth all of those spec cut backs, the last thing I'd expect them to do is introduce AC. That's why I'm wondering if there is a new requirement or something.

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Tatum
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Posted - 03/04/2012 :  5:21:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Any ideas?

http://floridachurchbus.com/97m0013fordth6row/two.html
http://floridachurchbus.com/96m0022chevbb22p/two.html

Middlesex County

http://floridachurchbus.com/93m0024ihbb3605ab/two.html
http://floridachurchbus.com/91m0023ihbb3605hb/two.html

Edited by - Tatum on 03/04/2012 5:59:32 PM
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BusFreak
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Posted - 03/05/2012 :  6:17:25 PM  Show Profile  Send BusFreak an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Nice finds from Middlesex County! I love those rare 5 speeds with air brakes. I think Agusta County or Staunton City had some too.

I really think that Type A bus is a private school, as it doesn't look like it was numbered in the places that VA buses are numbered. I have no clue on the Thomas Ford. SO many districts around the Richmond area had those. The automatic transmission could narrow it down a good bit for that year though, as most of the state was still on manual transmissions.

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C.HARDY
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Posted - 03/07/2012 :  3:44:52 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I think that Minotour belonged to a private operator in northern Va.Are you sure those Internationals arent from Essex Co. I know they speced. 5 speeds with air brakes. I've seen it at SMI in the past. Those Fords are tough. I dont really know of any around here at all. They could be from Prince George Co. they had a ton of Fords.

"Hardybusman"

Edited by - C.HARDY on 03/08/2012 6:13:54 PM
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old_school
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Posted - 03/07/2012 :  4:39:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I would say that ford came from Greensville County. They were the only one's i remember with the shorty fords....Think bout it.. If you look at the side and try to picture a longer name before the "county" greensville seems to fit right in.
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Tatum
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Posted - 03/07/2012 :  4:42:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Maybe Greene County Public Schools? I know they traded in a small Ford Thomas like that about this time last year.
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C.HARDY
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Posted - 03/08/2012 :  6:14:28 PM  Show Profile  Click to see C.HARDY's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I think Greene would be 5 speed but thats just my guess?

"Hardybusman"
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pwcsken
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Posted - 05/10/2012 :  10:08:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit pwcsken's Homepage  Reply with Quote
For those who are interested in photos of old Prince William County buses, I put together a collection on my Flickr account. Enjoy!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/64708177@N06/
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old_school
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Posted - 05/11/2012 :  2:39:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit old_school's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice photos pwcsken. Im assuming those buses are long gone to the scrap yards?
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