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ltrain2001
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Posted - 02/08/2004 :  01:07:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We've recently seen the New Bus and Chickasa RE and FE in service, and they DO look like tanks of steel. Just out of curiousity, did any Wayne RD-9000 ( I think I got that # right)- the mid 90s Wayne REs make it into service?
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Jared
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Posted - 02/08/2004 :  06:56:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jared's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ltrain2001

We've recently seen the New Bus and Chickasa RE and FE in service, and they DO look like tanks of steel. Just out of curiousity, did any Wayne RD-9000 ( I think I got that # right)- the mid 90s Wayne REs make it into service?
Thanks,
L.T.



as far as I know no. they had only got so far as to make one demo which was featured in that magazine ad and a video.

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Mitchell
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Posted - 02/18/2004 :  1:34:34 PM  Show Profile  Send Mitchell a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Does anybody have this magazine article?Where can I find the video?
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Buskid
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Posted - 02/18/2004 :  1:47:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit Buskid's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 2000freightlinercorbeil

Does anybody have this magazine article?


Yes; February 1995 issue of School Bus Fleet Magazine.

It's more of a two-page advertisement than it is an article.

Introducing the Wayne RD9000

In the school bus industry, it's not very often that a product comes along that can truly be called revolutionary. This, however, is one of those times. Wayne Wheeled Vehicles is proud to introduce the Wayne RD 9000 a rear engine, forward control, Type D bus that is unlike anything available in the market today.

What makes the RD 9000 different? It is a bus that was designed and engineered as a result of input from drivers, student riders, mechanics, transportation directors and administrators. It is a bus that includes features so sensible one wonders why they have never been included before standard anti-lock brakes, storage for cleaning supplies, a lighted engine compartment, a trash recepticale near the entrance door, a file drawer for the driver's records, it has to be experience to be believed!

For a free video introducing the Wayne RD 9000, call . . . The future of the school bus industry is now!
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Girardin_71
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Posted - 02/18/2004 :  2:04:10 PM  Show Profile  Send Girardin_71 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Does anyone have a picture of it.

Girardin/Blue-Bird are my favorite school buses

http://www.g71bdpt.net
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Buskid
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Posted - 02/18/2004 :  2:33:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit Buskid's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Here's one of the pictures from the advertisement I quoted in my previous post:

http://school-buses.net/waynerd9000.jpg
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Mitchell
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Posted - 02/18/2004 :  3:02:21 PM  Show Profile  Send Mitchell a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I love that bus it is so nice.I wonder what they did with that demo.I wonder if it is still in existance.
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Mitchell
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Posted - 02/18/2004 :  3:03:04 PM  Show Profile  Send Mitchell a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Did you get that video?
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GMCBlueBird83
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quote:
Originally posted by Jared

quote:
Originally posted by ltrain2001

We've recently seen the New Bus and Chickasa RE and FE in service, and they DO look like tanks of steel. Just out of curiousity, did any Wayne RD-9000 ( I think I got that # right)- the mid 90s Wayne REs make it into service?
Thanks,
L.T.



as far as I know no. they had only got so far as to make one demo which was featured in that magazine ad and a video.



quote:
Originally posted by Buskid

Here's one of the pictures from the advertisement I quoted in my previous post:

http://school-buses.net/waynerd9000.jpg


What a shame that this bus never made into regular production. It had some really great ideas. Leave it Wayne to develop such a cool bus.
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92FrdCarp#11
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Posted - 02/18/2004 :  3:38:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit 92FrdCarp#11's Homepage  Send 92FrdCarp#11 an AOL message  Click to see 92FrdCarp#11's MSN Messenger address  Send 92FrdCarp#11 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
That Wayne looked kinda like the C2 on the window style. That is a nice bus.

Johnny

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Jared
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Posted - 02/18/2004 :  4:05:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jared's Homepage  Reply with Quote
i got the video from wayne in the final months of their operation. As soon as I know how to rip it into an MPEG I will do so.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaredg21/sets/
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BlueBirdDriver
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Posted - 02/18/2004 :  6:05:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit BlueBirdDriver's Homepage  Send BlueBirdDriver a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I have the video also. It is dated 1-6-95. It's an 8:30 minute tape, Introducing the Wayne RD-9000
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Brian M. Babcock
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Posted - 02/18/2004 :  6:24:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit Brian M. Babcock's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Actually, I believe that the demo was sold. It went to Miami (of Ohio) University which used it in their shuttle system. I saw the bus in 1998 at Cedar Point. It had been painted white and had red lettering. The warning lights were still on the bus which suprised me. I don't know if they still have the bus or not. I do know that operation purchased six brand new Blue Bird All American RE's with front and center doors this year so it may have been one of the buses that was replaced. Perhaps some readers from Southern Ohio could confirm or deny this?

-Brian

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Mitchell
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Posted - 02/19/2004 :  12:53:33 PM  Show Profile  Send Mitchell a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Do you have a picture of it?
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Busdude3
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Posted - 02/19/2004 :  1:16:03 PM  Show Profile  Send Busdude3 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
You actually saw this Wayne Brian? Wow!

Edited by - Busdude3 on 02/19/2004 1:21:40 PM
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Busdude3
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Posted - 02/19/2004 :  1:25:23 PM  Show Profile  Send Busdude3 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I don't think Cedar Point still has it. When I went late last summer, I just saw two Wayne Lifestar FEs, a Superior Pioneer GMC, and a Blue Bird TC/2000 FE.
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Mitchell
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Posted - 02/19/2004 :  1:45:49 PM  Show Profile  Send Mitchell a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Do you have a picture of the superior pioneer gmc?
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SchoolBusFan
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Posted - 02/19/2004 :  1:58:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit SchoolBusFan's Homepage  Send SchoolBusFan an AOL message  Send SchoolBusFan a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
What would be a rare bus to see here in service is the Carpenter Cadet, haven't seen one in a few years though. I don't see many Mini Birds now, mostly the short versions of the TC/2000's and Saf-T-Liner EF's for special needs students.
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Busdude3
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Posted - 02/19/2004 :  4:31:00 PM  Show Profile  Send Busdude3 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Heres a list of rare buses starting in 1980 and up. Some of the years maybe wrong...

AmTran:

Vanguard Chevy/Ford/GMC mini (93-??)
Volunteer Ford conventional (94-97)
Senator FE (??-92)

Blue Bird:

All American RE (80-88)
Mini Bird Chevy/GMC (80-??)
Freightliner conventional (97-??)

Carpenter:

Cadet Chevy/GMC (80-99)
Classic 2000 International conventional (00-01)
Cavalier FE (80-???)
Chancellor FE (00-01)
Chancellor RE (00-01)
Corsair RE (80-???)
Counselor FE (90-99)
Counselor RE (90-99)
Coach FE (???-???)
Coach RE (???-???)

Corbeil/E.M.C.

Older mini buses
Premier Freightliner conventional (??-??)
FE (??-??)
RE (??-??)

Thomas:

Mighty Mite Chevrolet/GMC (80-92)
All Star FE (91?-94?)

Ward:

Vanguard Chevrolet/Ford/GMC mini (80-92)
Patriot Chevrolet/GMC (80-91?)
President FE (??-92)

Wayne:

Lifestar FE (85-95)
RD-9000 RE (95)

Edited by - Busdude3 on 02/20/2004 1:34:45 PM
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Busdude3
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Posted - 02/19/2004 :  4:31:54 PM  Show Profile  Send Busdude3 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
When did they stop making the Mini Bird and Blue Bird Freightliner?
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Girardin_71
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Posted - 02/19/2004 :  4:34:59 PM  Show Profile  Send Girardin_71 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
here are some rare buses i never seen in person

TC/1000FE
Blue-Bird Freightliner
Corbeil Freightliner
1980's Wayne Lifestar

Girardin/Blue-Bird are my favorite school buses

http://www.g71bdpt.net
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92FrdCarp#11
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Posted - 02/19/2004 :  5:11:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit 92FrdCarp#11's Homepage  Send 92FrdCarp#11 an AOL message  Click to see 92FrdCarp#11's MSN Messenger address  Send 92FrdCarp#11 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Here are some of the buses that I haven't seen in person:

Wayne Lifestar FE
Blue Bird Freightliner
any corbiel
Carpenter International
any new Blue Bird
a Ward transit

Those are just a few of the many buses that I have never seen in person.

Johnny

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Buskid
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Posted - 02/19/2004 :  6:17:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit Buskid's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'd like to see a Type C and Type D Corbeil in person. That's about the only school bus built by a major manufacturer (excluding some of the long-gone manufacturers such as Excel, Oneida and Kenworth-Pacific) that I haven't seen up-close and in person.

Maybe my school district was just an exception, but we had nearly half a dozen 1988 Wayne Lifestar FEs. I rode one in 6th and 7th grade. They became spare buses around the time I was in 9th grade, and they were retired after I finished 11th grade.

A couple other oddballs we had (at another school district, I moved to California in 1998) included a Ward Patriot and a Ward President FE. The latter replacing the Ward Patriot not much of a step forward.

There are still a number of school districts in this area using Blue Bird Freightliners and Blue Bird Mini Birds. In fact, there's a school district not too far from me that has a fleet of Blue Bird Freightliners. On the other hand, the Carpenter Cadets are starting to disappear, as are almost all of the Waynes, regardless of type. Ward never seemed to be too popular in this area.
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Brian M. Babcock
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Posted - 02/19/2004 :  7:39:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit Brian M. Babcock's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Busdude3 says:
I don't think Cedar Point still has it. When I went late last summer, I just saw two Wayne Lifestar FEs, a Superior Pioneer GMC, and a Blue Bird TC/2000 FE.

Actually Ryan, I saw the bus in the visitor bus lot while I was a driver for Cedar Point on their employee shuttle system. Cedar Point never owned the bus, Maimi University of Ohio owned the bus. The buses that you refer to in your post are some of the buses that I drove while I worked for Cedar Point. The others have been retired. When I drove there (1998 & 1999)we had the following buses in the fleet:

125: 1980 GMC/Superior 65 pass. 366 gas/AT540 orignally Margeratta Local Schools Bus 23 Purchased by CP Spring 1994, still operating

149: 1974 IH/Superior 66 pass. 392 gas/AT 540 orignally Perkins Local Schools Bus 11 Purchased by CP Spring 1986, retired fall 1998, became Halloweekends display

162: 1976 GMC/Carpenter 66 pass. 350 gas/AT540 orignally Sandusky City Schools Bus 16 Purchased by CP Spring 1989, retired fall 1999, became Halloweekends display

196: 1978 GMC/Superior 36 pass. 350 gas/GM-TH400 purchased new by CP in 1978, retired after 2002 season, unknown location today

186: 1989 Chevy/Wayne FE 71 pass. 8.2L diesel/AT545 orignally Perkins Local Schools Bus 8 Purchased by CP Spring 1999, still operating

These buses came later:
108: 1989 Chevy/Wayne FE 71 pass. 8.2L diesel/AT545 orignally Margeretta Local Schools Bus 19 Purchased by CP Spring 2000, Now Halloweekends display

117: 1991 Chevy/Wayne FE 71 pass. 8.2L diesel/AT545 orignally Margeretta Local Schools Bus 16 Purchased by CP Spring 2000, still operating

136: 1989 BB/TC2000 71 pass. 5.9 Cummings diesel/AT545 orignally Huron City Schools Bus 14? Purchased by CP Spring 2002, still operating

Just thought you guys would like to know a little bit about our small fleet. The buses aren't much to look at but they are very well maintained. They run a fairly extensive shuttle system for their employees using these buses. The will often work 20hr. days during the season. The buses certianly get their work out! I liked driving for them, Cedar Fair is a good company.

Yes, 2000freightlinercorbeil you can see some of them on my web page. Just look in the proper sections.

Later,

Brian

http://montell305.tripod.com
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GMCBlueBird83
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Posted - 02/19/2004 :  7:50:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit GMCBlueBird83's Homepage  Send GMCBlueBird83 an AOL message  Send GMCBlueBird83 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Buskid

I'd like to see a Type C and Type D Corbeil in person.


When I was in college, a friend of mine and I went on a rode trip from our school in Buffalo NY to her aunt and uncle's house in Michigan. To save time, we drove through Canada. While on the QEW, I came across some buses I'd never seen before. I thought to myself, "Wow, that's a nice looking bus. I wonder why I've never seen one before."
Years later I still wondered what those buses were but I had forgotten the name. And of course in those days, I was on AOL dialup and doing any sort of research was more trouble than it was worth.
When I found this site last year, I finally learned what those buses were. They were Corbeils! I wish I had a digital camara back then because I had have gotten some great pics. But at least now I know what they were.
BTW, the very first Freightliner bus I ever laid eyes on was a Blue Bird somewhere in the Buffalo area in 1997. I also saw my first Thomas Vista IHC in Buffalo. I've never seen a Wayne or Ward transit before though, nor have I seen a Ward Patriot.
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Buskid
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Posted - 02/19/2004 :  8:22:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit Buskid's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GMCBluebird83

BTW, the very first Freightliner bus I ever laid eyes on was a Blue Bird somewhere in the Buffalo area in 1997.


The first school bus I saw on a Freightliner chassis was also a Blue Bird.
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98TomFord
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Posted - 02/20/2004 :  10:45:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit 98TomFord's Homepage  Send 98TomFord an AOL message  Reply with Quote
The first Freightliners I ever saw where with the Bluebird body at Myers - I remember that cuz the next day my mom took me back I had gotten a pic of all them Frtlnrs. I'll scan that pic I guess.

My Ford Can Turn On $50, Can Your Int? ~Ford Buses - Gems To The Eyes~
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Busdude3
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Posted - 02/20/2004 :  1:31:39 PM  Show Profile  Send Busdude3 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Brian, what is the Cedar Point Wayne Lifestar bus that is orange and white that sits in the security area by the visitor parking area?
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Brian M. Babcock
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Posted - 02/21/2004 :  3:54:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Brian M. Babcock's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Brian, what is the Cedar Point Wayne Lifestar bus that is orange and white that sits in the security area by the visitor parking area?


That is 108. They store the buses used in Halloweekends displays underneath Disaster Transport (in the fenced area) during the season's when they are not being used. This web page has pictures of the buses used in the displays.

http://www.virtualmidway.com/halloweekends/mainmidway.asp

The pink bus is 162, black bus 149, orange bus 108.

Of course, they have all been painted from when they were shuttle buses. They used to be blue.

http://montell305.tripod.com
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GMCBlueBird83
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Posted - 02/21/2004 :  8:06:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit GMCBlueBird83's Homepage  Send GMCBlueBird83 an AOL message  Send GMCBlueBird83 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I like the Eerie County School for Ghouls bus, LOL!
BTW Brian, did you ever get those IHC gasser engine sounds I sent you?
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RD9000
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Does anyone have a copy of the advertisement for the RD9000 either in paper or digital form? The link for the picture listed on this post is no longer working (I know.... this is an old forum posting!) :)
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