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

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.

Oh wow, that's quite the find! Have not seen that one before.

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Took a quick drive around Greenview Industrial tonight. The Main Yard is no more, as it is now used as a storage lot for (used?) cars. North and NE Yards are still used by First, but are much emptier than in the past.

Speaking of the North Yard, it now has privacy fencing all around its perimeter. One can no longer easily see/photograph any of the buses inside.

 

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20 hours ago, School Bus 101 said:

Took a quick drive around Greenview Industrial tonight. The Main Yard is no more, as it is now used as a storage lot for (used?) cars. North and NE Yards are still used by First, but are much emptier than in the past.

Speaking of the North Yard, it now has privacy fencing all around its perimeter. One can no longer easily see/photograph any of the buses inside.

I went by and noticed all this about 2 weeks ago, but I forgot to mention it in here.  I had heard the main yard had been sold off back several months ago.

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First has taken delivery of 30-40 brand new 72-passenger C2s. Looks like some of the specs on these include full LED lighting, a black grill, and a color version of the company's new logo! And it also looks like they are back to 4-digit numbering...

Seen below are photos of 5817, 5787, some unnumbered C2s, and two former Oregon-based units: 171113 and 17258x. 

 

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5 hours ago, DiltonPlayzYT said:

I saw a Thomas C2, 2021 unit here in Burlington, Ontario.

 

#NCM9272

Nice, but let's keep this thread for First Student in the Calgary area please.  You can always create a thread in the Ontario section for your First Student finds.

 

Speaking of that, maybe this thread should be renamed to First Student (Calgary and area) to eliminate confusion?

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Respectfully, I never understood why there’s school bus threads in the Calgary and Area forum anyway. Motor coaches for example have their own forum section altogether so why don’t school buses? 

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Spotted four second-hand units from Alaska at the North Yard the other day. Two of these are Thomas C2s on a 54-passenger body with wheelchair lift, and the other two are Thomas Minotours on a 30-passenger body with wheelchair lift (see photo of 3393 below).

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Also spotted more of those 2022-23 Thomas C2s. Looks like they are staying in Calgary as at least two of them had paper signs on the windows for CBE routes. See below for a photo of 5832.

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Other sightings included 30657, 100882, 121224, 130110, 150540, 150548, 160201, 160210, 160212, and 419497. And to my surprise, I spotted 2391 (a 2003 Thomas FS-65) parked behind a fence near the main office with no indication of it being retired!

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6 hours ago, JK-from-YYC said:

Spotted in Country Village: First Student 52446, a Thomas Minotour with black window trim and US-spec “FIRST STUDENT” lettering. Where would that unit be from?

Fairbanks, Alaska I believe.  Might have mentioned a similar unit earlier in the thread.

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49 minutes ago, Souluxy said:

Saw a Thomas C2 getting towed this morning, unknown unit number, but I did see first decals

If it was one of the new C2s, it could have been 5778 which was rear ended this morning.

 

Speaking of the new C2s, I managed to get some photos of 5803 and 5813 earlier today. Also spotted 52448 (also from Fairbanks, Alaska) and 130112. 

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On 10/15/2022 at 4:54 PM, BCT-3122-D800-10240 said:

The other day, I saw First 2393 on Crowchild Trail!  It is a Thomas FS-65.  Haven't seen one of those around in awhile.

Good to see it still running! 

Today, I spotted 102374 (ex-Idaho IC CE) on Crowchild Trail near McMahon. Also spotted 132273 not far behind... this is only the second Type D bus I have seen from their fleet recently apart from 121224. 

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2738 for sale on Kijiji: https://www.kijiji.ca/v-heavy-trucks/calgary/2006-freightliner-72-passenger-diesel-school-bus/1638044380

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  • 2006 Freightliner Thomas 72 Passenger School Bus
  • MBE 900 Mercedes Diesel
  • 305000 km
  • Runs and drives great Tinted out windows Webasto Heater Built in battery tricke charger Good tires all around
  • Taken out of service due to surface rust

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