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57fan
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United States
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Posted - 02/12/2010 :  12:24:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just curious to who is still running Crown and Gillig School Busses? Don't see many of them on the road anymore....

Steven A.Rosenow
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USA
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Posted - 02/12/2010 :  01:02:49 AM  Show Profile  Visit Steven A.Rosenow's Homepage  Send Steven A.Rosenow an AOL message  Send Steven A.Rosenow a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Crowns in Washington? Bainbridge Island Public School District, Edmonds SD, as well as Peninsula are the only two. Oh wait, Fife School District has two holdouts, also.

Gilligs? It's even more bleak than that.


http://www.gilligcoaches.net
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Tatum
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United States
604 Posts

Posted - 02/12/2010 :  8:02:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Crowns in California:

Los Angeles Unified School District
El Rio School District
Pleasant Valley School District
Ventura Unified School District

That's all I know of...I'm missing a bunch.
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57fan
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United States
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Posted - 02/13/2010 :  3:04:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yelm has there Gillig and Crown up for public sale. Looks like $1200.00 each.

Lead, Follow or get out of the way!
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Tatum
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United States
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Posted - 02/13/2010 :  6:39:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is there a website listing the buses for sale? I'd be interested in looking at the pictures.
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NWCROWN
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USA
461 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2010 :  8:16:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Longview is down to two, one I believe is now a spare, with one (#8) still on a regular route. Oh, in addition to that they have one which is a parts bus. Three were replaced this year with new HDX's, under a department of Ecology grant which required the old units to be scrapped :( Two local churches also have Crowns, and one has a Gillig.

Wahkiakum School District still has a few Crowns in use.

K.W.R.L. had a few tandem axle Crowns as recently as a year ago but I am not sure if they still have them, as they have acquired quite a few new HDX's.

The only school district I know of that still has a Gillig is Shelton.
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Lifestar Fe
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United States
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Posted - 02/14/2010 :  9:25:33 PM  Show Profile  Click to see Lifestar Fe's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
My Highschool has 2 1980 Gillig 855s that are used as last resort spares (once a year, if that). Both of these buses are 78 passenger with automatic transmissions. They are currently listed on Schoolbuscentral.com but more detailed photos will be available on the updated gilligcoaches.net

My old middleschool has a 1985 Crown Supercoach tande...90 passengers with a manual transmission. This is another last resort bus, used maybe 3 times a year. Videos of this bus are on my youtube account.
The same school also has a 1986 Gillig Phantom (picture in my sig). This is a route bus.

I know that another local middleschool has a Gillig 855 along with a Gillig Phantom, and I still see several Crowns in yards/on roads near here.

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C2FAN
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United States
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Posted - 02/17/2010 :  06:58:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Needles, CA still uses Gilligs. Don't know which model but I assume the Phantom. I passed two of them on the road yesterday. Every time I see them I think about how nice they look.
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wstrnflt@aol.com
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Posted - 09/22/2013 :  01:32:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit wstrnflt@aol.com's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I still have a retired 69 Gillig School Bus with a V-8 CAT diesel and a reverse mounted Spicer 5 speed manual with an upside down shift pattern. A challenge (and a blast!) to drive, and worth every bead of sweat! I just drive it around the neighborhood from time to time, just because I can. California is forcing districts to crush the old Crowns and Gilligs as a way to reduce diesel emissions (mine SMOKES and STINKS!), so you won't see many after the end of 2013 except in the hands of collectors. The ridiculously heavy all steel Gillig makes the newer buses feel like paper and cardboard. I love the sweet "wail" of the unmuffled exhaust, echoing off the buildings and bridges, as I drive it. Straight exhaust was legal on school buses and fire coaches back in the day. They felt it helped people to notice them and made it safer for the passengers. They sure notice mine, with all the noise and soot! Some people give me thumbs up, and some thumbs down. I just keep smiling!!
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