Jump to content
School Bus 101

First Student Canada

Recommended Posts

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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. 

$_59.png

$_59 (1).png

$_59 (2).png

$_59 (3).png

$_59 (4).png

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

 

First Student Canada 320952 1-23-20.jpg

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, TechSpotlight said:

320952

First Student Canada 320952 1-23-20.jpg

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. 

 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Took a look at some updated Google Streetview imagery from Grande Prairie. Looks like the following ex-Calgary units are now based up there:

2529

2543

2767

146208

150547

201457

201517

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here are some photos of three of the ex-Corvalis, OR Thomas Minotours.  I have 169707, 171113 and 172455.  All captured months and months ago while school was still in session!

First Student Canada 169707 1-27-20.jpg

First Student Canada 171113 2-07-20.jpg

First Student Canada 172455 11-13-19.jpg

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks like I have not mentioned this in here yet.  Mid last month, I noticed the First Blackfoot yard has vacated of all buses.  Sometime this month, if I have time, I will drive up to the yards up in the North and see whats up there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
44 minutes ago, TechSpotlight said:

Looks like I have not mentioned this in here yet.  Mid last month, I noticed the First Blackfoot yard has vacated of all buses.  Sometime this month, if I have time, I will drive up to the yards up in the North and see whats up there.

I noticed this as well recently, but have not had the time to checkout their Main Yards. Also interesting to note that the most recent Google Streetview pictures from August 2019 show a "For Sale" sign outside their Main Yard. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, School Bus 101 said:

I noticed this as well recently, but have not had the time to checkout their Main Yards. Also interesting to note that the most recent Google Streetview pictures from August 2019 show a "For Sale" sign outside their Main Yard. 

https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/737746/first-student-parent-starts-process-for-sale-of-north-american-transportation-companies

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 6/3/2020 at 11:51 PM, School Bus 101 said:

I noticed this as well recently, but have not had the time to checkout their Main Yards. Also interesting to note that the most recent Google Streetview pictures from August 2019 show a "For Sale" sign outside their Main Yard. 

Just drove by the main yard along McKnight Blvd and it is still occupied, albeit absolutely packed with buses.  Some spottings my friend was able to see from McKnight Blvd:

2705 - 2005-07 Corbeil minibus (couldnt tell chassis but probably Ford)

2582 - first generation BB Vision

2717 - 2003-04 Corbeil E-350 single rear wheel cutaway

121226 - 2012 Thomas EF

121281 - Federal Coach Permier on a Freightliner M2 chassis

130717 - Thomas C2

204446 - ex-California IC CE

208807 - 2007 IC BE

220446 - ex-California IC RE

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...