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9/12/2015 was SEPTA Rodeo Event day, and Krapf's Transit/Navy Yard Shuttle New Flyer Xcelsior XD40 #1450 made its debut for display at bus display area. Me along with few riders were fortunate to get a special ride on the bus from Center City Philly to SEPTA Rodeo at Cornwell Heights and return trip as well.

Ride on #1450 to SEPTA Rodeo

#1450 leaves Center City Philly.

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In today's Pope Francis visit to Philadelphia 9/26 and 9/27, Krapf's also participated with Pope Event Transportation. Out at Paoli, Krapf's Freightliner M2/Thomas Built Bus Saf-T-Liner School Bus #15 was used for shuttle between Paoli train station and remote area (likely parking lot).

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Few pictures and a video taken at 10th and Arch Street plus Market Street on 10/14/2015:

Navy Yard Shuttle/Krapf's 2012 Van Hool A300L #1213 and 2014 New Flyer Xcelsior XD40 #1450.

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It's homecoming at West Chester University. Not only it's me returning to West Chester for events, but also manage to transit fan there.


2012 Krapf's Transit/Rover Transit Van Hool A300L #1212


2012 International Durastar/IC Bus CE Series Activity Bus for West Chester University Ram Pride Shuttle

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From MCI's press release, Krapf's Coach has received two new restyled MCI J4500 #5060 and #5061. According to press release, they are powered by Detroit Diesel DD13 engine. One bus has a wheelchair lift. And both buses have many features inside them.

http://www.mcicoach.com/media-center/2016-03-21-krapf.htm

 

KRAPF'S COACHES REFRESHING ITS ENTIRE FLEET WITH MCI MODELS; CHOOSES ITS FIRST TWO MCI J4500S FOR WORKHORSE PERFORMANCE AND LUXURY PASSENGER COMFORT

DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, MARCH 21, 2016: (TSX:NFI) (TSX:NFI.DB.U) Motor Coach Industries ("MCI"), a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. (the "Company"), the largest bus and motor coach manufacturer in North America announced that Krapf's Coaches, Inc. has a long reputation for quality service and luxurious accommodations for its passengers — and that's why it's decided to go MCI.

MCI has delivered two 2016 MCI J4500 coaches to the West Chester, Pennsylvania, operator's headquarters to help kick off Krapf's strategic plan to renew its fleet over the next eight years.

"We're in the process of a fleet revitalization," said Gary Krapf, president and third-generation of the family-run company. "Our goal is to offer a fleet of newer models. It's what our market demands."

Krapf's, which has a long purchasing history with MCI, plans to refresh its entire fleet exclusively with MCI models. "We've been a long-time customer and have an agreement to upgrade our fleet semi-annually based on our specs. This way, we get exactly what we want."

And lucky Krapf's passengers will get what they want. Optional features on Krapf's new MCI J4500 coaches include plush seating with footrests and leather headrests, interior simulated woodgrain finishes, Tarabus Harmonia wood flooring, 110v seatback power outlets with USB ports in every row, and a state-of-the-art REI entertainment system with HD LCD monitors.

Krapf's drivers will enjoy backup cameras and GPS for an extra level of security to the model's already robust standard safety features that include electronic stability control and tire-pressure monitoring systems. One of Krapf's newest MCI J4500s is equipped with a wheelchair lift and both coaches have Detroit Diesel engines featuring the newest clean-diesel technology for near-zero emissions.

"We couldn't be happier about this agreement," said Patricia Ziska, MCI Vice President of New Coach Sales. "There's nothing better than providing quality, customized coaches for a diversified, creative operator like Krapf's. They're excellent at seeing group and transit opportunities in their home market and all around the country, and we at MCI are very excited about becoming a bigger part of that."

Krapf's unveiled the new arrivals to employees and others during a mini-celebration at its West Chester headquarters. "It was an initiation and kickoff of our fleet revitalization program," said Krapf. "We're happy with the J4500. It's an upscale coach that's right for our high-end charters."

Krapf's Coaches serves all types of groups, from students to seniors, with a fleet of 14 coaches.

Krapf Bus Companies started in 1942 with two school buses and has become one of the most successful, diversified ground transportation operators in the United States.

As one of the largest family-owned pupil transportation companies in the nation, Krapf's fleet of 1,500 school buses transport over 95,000 students each day during the school year. Meanwhile, Krapf's Transit maintains several contracts with Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and a high-profile agreement with the Independence Visitor's Center to operate the Philly Phlash, a hop on-and-off service with 22 stops at key Philadelphia destinations.

Through the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Krapf's also operates the Navy Yard Shuttle with five state-of-the-art vehicles looping across the 1,200-acre business campus and connecting to Center City. And since 1984, Krapf's has provided paratransit service for Chester County known as Rover Community Transportation.

Krapf's also has a relationship with MCI's parent New Flyer Industries, Inc. — the company also has a New Flyer Excelsior and seven New Flyer MiDi's in their fleet.

Learn more at www.krapfbus.com.

Krapf's Coaches is a member of IMG (International Motorcoach Group), PBA (Philadelphia Bus Association) and UMA (United Motor Coach Association).

This year, Dale Krapf, Chairman of the Krapf Bus Companies, was named Chairman of UMA. His son, Gary, is IMG Treasurer.

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Today at Philadelphia 4/9/2016

1. Philadelphia Trolley Works/Big Bus Philadelphia Ford E-450 at Art Museum 4-9-2016
2. Phlash/Krapf New Flyer MiDi MD30 #1315 and Philadelphia Trolley Works Optima Trolley Replica ex Phlash at Art Museum 4-9-2016
3. Phlash/Krapf's 2014 New Flyer MiDi MD35 #1416 at Independence Hall 4-9-2016
4. Krapf's/Phlash 2014 New Flyer MiDi MD30 #1315 at Independence Hall 4-9-2016

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Here's a video of Krapf's Coach Brand New 2016 MCI J4500 #5060. Powered by Detroit Diesel DD13 engine (according MCI's press release), listen how the engine sounds. Sound somewhat like a mixture of Series 60 and Volvo D13  engine.

 

And here's the picture of Krapf's Coach 2016 MCI J4500 #5060 at West Chester University (my ala mater)

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Last week on 5/14/2016, I returned to West Chester for Alumni Weekend at WCU. Of course I also did a little bit of transitanning while I was there as well.
 

2010 Van Hool A300L #2915 at Downtown West Chester

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2010 and 2012 Van Hool A300L #2915, #1210 and #1994 Gillig Phantom #9411 (Ex FootHill Transit) seen in this video at West Chester

 

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Various buses  seen at Philadelphia. 

Phlash (Krapf's) New Flyer MiDi MD35 as well as few NJ Transit, Greyhound (former Yo! Bus), and a Chinatown Bus Line operated by YEP Tour MCI 102-DL3. So far YEP Tours has used MCI 102-DL3 and a used luxury Prevost H3-45 in its fleet!

Bonus video, an ex Phlash Philadelphia Trolley Work Chance American Heritage made a sort of a return on Phlash (actually  it looks like  a Sugarhouse shuttle) it used to operate before Krapf took over.

 

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During the SEPTA Strike on November 2016, Phlash continued regular and at the duration of strike, Phlash was one of many service able to cover most of the Center City Area at tourist locations

 

2011 MCI J4500 seen at Center City

Phlash 2014 New Flyer MiDi MD35

 

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While the Phlash is done for the season until Spring, 2014 New Flyer MiDi MD35 #1414 find itself on special duty on operating the Philadelphia Home Show Shuttle between Event and Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia

 

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Krapf's Coach 2007 Van HooL C2045 at JFK Blvd City Hall Philadelphia. According to sources from PMATS, this bus will be replaced and traded in for new 2017 MCI J4500. Seems like the Krapf's Coach motorcoach fleet will be transition into 100% all MCI J4500 fleet. We'll see about it once this happens.  

3-11-2017

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Recently Krapf's have 2 new New Flyer MiDis as seen on PMATS's FB page; both are for Phlash Service. One is #1511 MD30 a  2015 model, and the other is a MD35 (painted in orange color) looks like a former demo unit. 

 

Update: as of 4/30/2017: the former Orange and Silver New Flyer MiDi seen in one of the picture is now painted in Phlash Paint Scheme. The 2014 New Flyer MiDi MD35  bus is now numbered as #1512

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On 4/30/2017 at 11:37 PM, Nanis said:

Pennsylvania seems quite interesting when it comes to buses

Yep, a great diversity of buses from Xcelsiors, to Van Hools etc. (Currently Van Hool A300L can be found in West Chester and Philly). 

 

A quick onboard video of the newest addition to Phlash (Krapf's) Fleet: 2014 New Flyer MiDi MD35 #1512 (Former New Flyer Demo).
 

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Manage to get a video of new Phlash 2014 New Flyer MiDi MD35 #1512 (former Orange colored New Flyer Demo) at Center city Philadelphia. From exterior

 

 

 

 

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Speaking of recent Krapf's Bus Sightings,

Phlash operated by Krapf's Transit 2014-2015 New Flyer MiDi MD35 and MD30 #1416, 1417, 1314, and #1511 were seen at Philly on 8-19-2017. Also a ride abord #1417

Also brand new Krapf's Coach 2017 MCI  J4500 #5075 seen at Philly at 8-19-2017. Powered by Detroit Diesel DD13 engine with Allison B500R transmission, it replaced 2007 Van Hool 2045 #4074 which was traded in.

 

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