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

#2945 is still running these days!  I saw it in Edgemont every day this past week.

Has anyone seen 3317 recently ?

Haven't seen 3317, but I did spot 3255 a couple months ago.

Speaking of 2945, here it is at the North Yard back in January 2021:

 

 

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5 hours ago, School Bus 101 said:

Haven't seen 3317, but I did spot 3255 a couple months ago.

Speaking of 2945, here it is at the North Yard back in January 2021:

 

 

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I work near the First yard, 3255 is indeed still in service

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On 3/28/2021 at 2:37 AM, School Bus 101 said:

Haven't seen 3317, but I did spot 3255 a couple months ago.

Speaking of 2945, here it is at the North Yard back in January 2021:

I have also seen both 3255 and 2945 a few times in the past few months before the CBE and CCSD went to online learning. 

 

Anyway, here is First 080499 listed for sale. https://www.kijiji.ca/v-cars-trucks/calgary/2008-e-450-school-bus-is/1563985373

 

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First fleet updates:

First appears to have acquired 3 IC CEs from Alaska  I saw the following units at their yard:

4219, 4222, 4227.  All are 2020 IC CEs.

All those buses from Idaho are still plated for Idaho.  I saw 110593, 110494, 110569, 110577, 110561, 110582, 110576, 110525.

I also saw IC CEs 102212 and 102216.  I had not seen those units before.

Now for retired units:

R986 - 06/07 Corbeil E-350 

R10xx - 2006 Corbeil E-450

1 unidentifed Girardin Ford, 1 unidentified Corbeil Ford E350, 1 unidentified IC CE with plate F-52782

2580, still sitting with the words "BILL" spelled out in tape on the back window

093382 - Corbeil Super Quantum 

233234 - girardin Ford

219827A - 2007 IC CE200 VT365

Also, 224513 is a Corbeil Ford E350 and is on property as a snowplow.  Will update more once I get home.

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On 7/10/2021 at 7:27 PM, TechSpotlight said:

First fleet updates:

First appears to have acquired 3 IC CEs from Alaska  I saw the following units at their yard:

4219, 4222, 4227.  All are 2020 IC CEs.

Those must be very recent arrivals; didn't see them a couple weeks ago. Are they 72 passenger units?

On 7/10/2021 at 7:27 PM, TechSpotlight said:

I also saw IC CEs 102212 and 102216.  I had not seen those units before.

Those ones are former Vancouver units. Spotted 102211 at the North Yard as well a few weeks back.

On 7/10/2021 at 7:27 PM, TechSpotlight said:

Now for retired units:

1 unidentifed Girardin Ford, 1 unidentified Corbeil Ford E350, 1 unidentified IC CE with plate F-52782

The IC CE would be 2551 based on the license plate. Also spotted 140176 (2014 Thomas C2, Airdrie based) retired with most of its front missing. 

 

I have recently been able to get some photos of some transferred units. Seen below are 102376 (former Idaho unit) and 103386 (former California unit). To the right of 103386, you can see part of 142266, a former California unit as well. Both photos taken from outside the fences.

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On 7/12/2021 at 1:15 AM, School Bus 101 said:

Those must be very recent arrivals; didn't see them a couple weeks ago. Are they 72 passenger units?

Sorry for the late reply, but yes those are 12 row bodies.  Anyway, I forgot  to mention from my visit to the First yard back in July that 243006, 155107 and 155108 are all retired.  They were IC CEs.

First has acquired several Chevrolet Thomas Minotours with black window posts from Fairbanks, Alaska.  I saw 52446, 52448, 52451, 52452 all within 15 minutes on Bow Trail SW.  I recently learned the Fairbanks First Student division closed down in July 2021 after the contract with the Fairbanks school division ended.  That would explain why those CEs I saw in July and these Thomas Minotours were transferred over here.

I also saw 170216 and 172587 which are Propane powered Thomas Minotours formerly from Corvallis, Oregon.

And finally, I saw 132423 which is a Collins NexBus with a Chevrolet Chassis.  Also is a former US unit, although I am not too sure where this one originally came from.  Perhaps someone else can chime in on this one.

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

Spotted 110613 yesterday with the US style First Student font on the sides.

Good catch! That must be one of the ex-Idaho IC CEs that were brought in back in 2020. Have not been able to spot one in service thus far. 

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Spotted this little guy out in Airdrie earlier this week headed out of Airdrie towards Conrich in the early afternoon! Also, I wasn't able to get fleet numbers, but I noticed a lot of those ex-Idaho and California IC buses running around in Airdrie with the US style "First Student" lettering on the sides.
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