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Thomas Built Buses FS-65

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! align="center" colspan="2" style="background:#efefef3f3f3f;" | <big><font color=white>Thomas Built Buses - FS-65</font></big>
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| align="center" colspan="2" | [[Thomas Built Buses]] - FS-65|-| '''Years of manufacture''' || 1995-1997 to 2006
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| '''Length''' ||
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| '''Width''' ||96 inches
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| '''Power/Fuel''' || Diesel
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The In May 1996, [[Freightliner]] introduced their new type-C school bus chassis, known as the '''FS-65'''. Freightliner had worked with [[Thomas Built Buses]] FS-65to develop a chassis/body combination that boasted a larger windshield, a raised driver''' is s platform, and a Type C sloping hood, all leading to better visibility. Production was expected to begin in mid-1996.<ref>Freightliner enters school bus built on the Frieghtliner FS-65 chassismarket. 15 May 1996. Press release. Freightliner Corporation. </ref> The body is essentially he same conventional Type C body Thomas has offered on other chassis for many yearsfirst bus was completed and delivered to John T. Cyr & Sons in January 1997.<ref>First Freightliner school bus completed and delivered to largest contractor in Maine. 09 January 1997. Press release. Freightliner Corporation. The </ref> When launched, the FS-65 chassis was first offered in 1995also available to other body manufacturers, including [[Blue Bird]], [[Carpenter Industries|Capenter]], and was made [[Corbeil Bus Corporation|Corbeil]]. By the standard Type end of 2002, Blue Bird had designed their own type-C chassis for , Carpenter had ceased operation, and Corbeil focused solely on producing type-A buses. At this time, Thomas, when Thomas was acquired by which had become a subsidiary of Freightliner Groupin 1998<ref>Press release. 06 October 1998.</ref>, produced their type-C buses exclusively on the FS-65 chassis.
On December 13, 2006, Thomas Built Buses delivered the their last FS-65 school bus, and the . The FS-65 was replaced succeeded by the [[Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2|Saf-T-Liner C2]], which was launched two years earlier. A total of 62,764 Freightliner FS-65 chassis have been were produced, and nearly a quarter of a million FS-65 conventional bodies were produced.<ref name="ThomasRetired">[http://www.thomasbus.com/bus-models/type-c/fs65-retired.asp Thomas retires the FS-65], thomasbus.com, retrieved 09-06-30</ref>
==Other Photos==
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Image:Southland Transportation 756.jpg|A shorter, low-roof Freightliner model of the FS-65.
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==Specifications==
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!colspan=3|Dimensions
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|colspan=3|Wheelbase: 150" to 276"
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|colspan=3|GVWR: 18,000 to 35,000 lbs
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!Engine
!Emissions
!Availability
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|[[Caterpillar]] [[Caterpillar 3126|3126]] 7.2 litre
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|1997-2004
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|[[Caterpillar]] [[Caterpillar C7|C7]] 7.2 litre
|EPA 2004
|2004-2006
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|[[Cummins]] [[Cummins ISB|ISB]] 5.9 litre, 185-250 hp
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|1997-2006
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|[[Mercedes-Benz]] [[Mercedes-Benz OM 900|MBE904]] 4.3 litre, 170-190 hp
|EPA 2004
|2002-2006
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|[[Mercedes-Benz]] [[Mercedes-Benz OM 900|MBE906]] 6.4 litre, 185-250 hp
|EPA 2004
|2002-2006
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!colspan=2|Transmission
!Availability
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|colspan=2|[[Allison]] 2000 Series
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|colspan=2|[[Allison]] [[Allison AT Series|AT-545]]
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|colspan=2|[[Allison]] MD3060
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|colspan=2|Fuller 5 speed manual
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!colspan=3|Front axle
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|colspan=3|FC-941 8000 lb.
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|colspan=3|FF-961 12,000 lb.
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!colspan=3|Rear axle
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|colspan=3|RS-13-140 13,000 lb.
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|colspan=3|RS-23-160 23,000 lb.
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!colspan=3|Suspension
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|colspan=3|6,000 or 12,000 taperleaf
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|colspan=3|12,000 taperleaf and 23,000 lb. Airliner
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!colspan=3|Brakes
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|colspan=3|Bosch hydraulic disc brakes 16-1/2" x 5" front and 16-1/2" x 7" rear air brakes
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==Operators==
===Canada[[Image:Flag of Canada.png|28px]]===* [[Academia Bus Company]] - Vancouver, BC* [[Canadian Armed Forces]]* [[Cardinal Coach Lines]] ([[FirstGroup plc]]) - Calgary, AB* [[Dannel Transportation]] - St. Catharines, ON
* [[Elk Island Schools]] - Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Counties of Strathcona, Lamont, and Minburn, AB
* [[Farr's Coach Lines]] - Dunnville, ON
* [[Golden Arrow School Buses]] - Edmonton, AB
* [[Red Arrow Student Transportation Services]] (now [[Southland Transportation]]) - Edmonton, AB
* [[Southland Transportation]] - Calgary, AB
* [[Wills Bus Lines]] - Binbrook, ON
 
===United States [[Image:Flag of the United States.png|28px]]===
* [[Trinity Transportation]] - Wyandotte, MI
* [[UConn Transportation Services]] - Storrs, CT
==References==
* [http:<references //www.thomasbus.com/bus-models/type-c/fs65-retired.asp Thomas retires the FS-65]>
[[Category:School Bus]]
[[Category:Thomas Built Buses|FS-65]]
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