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14 hours ago, TechSpotlight said:

First's new numbering system is actually the last few characters of the bus' VIN.  In the case of the IC CE, the first digit of the fleet number is the model year of the bus, with the VIN letter coding system.  "K" signifies  that it is a 2019 model year.  The second digit of the fleet number is the plant of manufacture.  "B" signifies Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The numbers that remain are simply the serial number of the bus.

Interesting. We also had 9559 and 9508, buses that don't really match the First Student numbering system I've seen in Toronto. They were C2s.

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Spotted 160212 this morning. It's a 72 passenger propane C2 with black trim around the driver's window. This particular unit was delivered brand new in April 2015 and transferred to Edmonton soon after, so it's interesting to see it back in the city once again. 

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Three buses have been spotted in the Calgary Metals scrapyard in SE Calgary.  I see P320, a Chevrolet Corbeil cutaway, a short Thomas FS-65 (similar to 3121) and aa completely mangled Girardin Ford Cutaway (maybe 2200s??).  Also spotted the remains of 2 old Thomas bodies and 1 old BlueBird body.

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4 hours ago, TechSpotlight said:

Three buses have been spotted in the Calgary Metals scrapyard in SE Calgary.  I see P320, a Chevrolet Corbeil cutaway, a short Thomas FS-65 (similar to 3121) and aa completely mangled Girardin Ford Cutaway (maybe 2200s??).  Also spotted the remains of 2 old Thomas bodies and 1 old BlueBird body.

Dude you missed Minotour day last Friday. Bunch of em were hauled in last Thursday and we're scrapped on the Friday

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On 11/2/2019 at 1:26 AM, School Bus 101 said:

Spotted F284 this evening. It's a 72 passenger C2 that looks exactly the same as 142081, 142085, etc. 

I saw that one just the other day for the first time myself!!

Also I see 142080 and 142082 nearly every day.

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3 hours ago, TechSpotlight said:

First unit 3132, a 2003 Thomas FS-65 with a CAT 3126, Allison 5-speed (and with 293,715 kms on it) is now listed on Kijiji.

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-other-trailer/lethbridge/freightliner-thomas-school-bus/1470985054

Nice find! Never seen that one before. 

Attached pictures for when the listing goes down. 

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A other First Student Canada bus up for sale.

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-cars-other/city-of-toronto/certified-2005-ford-e450-school-bus/1468945009?undefined

In the picture you can kinda see the First Student Canada on it.

 

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EDIT: the number looks to be 09829

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Spotted what appeared to be a brand new propane Thomas Minotour with tinted windows and the American style "First Student" logo. Couldn't get a fleet number, but it looked to be 6-digits starting with a 2. 

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Again posting here because of the lack of a thread for Toronto area. I've noticed the UTM shuttle buses have First Student numbering schemes on them. Are they contracted to operate the shuttle bus for UTM?

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Can we please keep this thread for discussion of First Student Canada in the Calgary area?  If you want to talk about First Student in other areas, please start threads in the appropriate section.  Thanks :)

Today, I spotted unit 171113, a Chevrolet Thomas Minotour with a propane engine.  I noticed some text below the First Student lettering saying "Corvalis SD" (school district/division), which narrows down where these 17xxxx Thomas Minotours are coming from.

Yesterday, I spotted three units.  #320952 (picture attatched), #232784 (2004 BB 3800 w/ T444E) and #150546 (IC CE, MaxxForce 7 powered).  Regarding 320952, me and "BCT-3122-D800-10240" have spotted this unit several times in the past week.  This unit was definetely picked up second hand from somewhere in the US based on the specifications.  I'm unsure of where this unit may have originated from at this point in time.

 

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2 hours ago, TechSpotlight said:

320952

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Wow, great find! I haven't seen that unit before. I think that one was transferred from Oregon as well, as it shares some similarities with these units - notice the same black decal on the rear exit door, and similar placement of the emergency side door: https://flic.kr/p/zK1f1N & https://flic.kr/p/rpboBu 

Thanks for the picture, looks like I'll have to checkout the Main Yard sometime to see what else they may have acquired recently. 

 

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Spotted 2892 yesterday.  I have not seen this one before and suspect it was moved here from another location. Either that or it is from out of town still, but was in town working a Charter as I saw it arriving at C.O.P. 

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7 hours ago, BCT-3122-D800-10240 said:

Spotted 2892 yesterday.  I have not seen this one before and suspect it was moved here from another location. Either that or it is from out of town still, but was in town working a Charter as I saw it arriving at C.O.P. 

That's an FS-65 if I recall correctly, yes? 

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