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User currently offlineRolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4006 times:

Any bus drivers here?


rolf
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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3998 times:

Yep. A-320. How 'bout you?


Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineNWDC10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3970 times:

My brother is a bus driver for Seattle (King County/Metro). He hates his job but he makes "good" money and it pays the bills and puts food in his stomach. Robert NWDC10

User currently offlineNWDC10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3970 times:

And by the way: if i drove a bus, i'd love to drive a Crown Super Coach. I have a link in my profile. Robert NWDC10

User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3955 times:

In the area I grew up the districts either used the Crown or Gillig. Both buses were real tough buses, better than the school buses seen today.

User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7643 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3950 times:

I just started with our local transit as well. I guess it's time I reached that age to start settling down and thinking about the future, or at least that's what my girlfriend told me to do ...  Silly . Seriously though, it offers good hours, good benefits and pays quite well. I drive one of these ....



But, not so colorful and the door is on the other side.



A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8735 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3924 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 5):

"Downhill Circular"?  rotfl 



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9537 posts, RR: 42
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3911 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 6):
"Downhill Circular"?

AKA "downward spiral".  Smile


User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3911 times:

I am known as an "Glorified Bus Driver" aka a pilot.


From YVR
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3909 times:



User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8735 posts, RR: 42
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3909 times:

Quoting David L (Reply 7):
AKA "downward spiral"

AKA "Scotland"  duck 



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7643 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3858 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 6):
"Downhill Circular"?

Its the best picture I could find. Didn't even pay attention to what was on the sign ....  Silly



A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2556 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3797 times:

Yes. Spent a year driving over the road Van Hools. Now I drive a streetcar as a volunteer. Could work for either Sun Tran or a school district if I wanted to as I have the necessary endorsements. The Street Railway's Motor Bus Division has a number of coaches, most of which need minimal work to get roadworthy but some of which woulr require significant restoration. The nearly roadworthy units are mostly late model GMC Transit buses including the Fishbowls. However, as Training Manager and a regular street railway motorman, conductor and dispatcher, I don't have much time to get involved with the Motor Bus Division's activities.


"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3738 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 9):

Wonder what country that is in?

Quoting 57AZ (Reply 12):
Van Hools.

So you are a Van Hooligan?


User currently offlineStrasserB From Singapore, joined Nov 2005, 1541 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3722 times:

Quoting FlyingTexan (Reply 13):
Wonder what country that is in?

It's in Germany. Funny though.
Btw: Did you know that the cars of the FRA airport company all have "F-AG .." on the registration number plate?  Smile



Still, even in the most arid desert is an airport somewhere ...
User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3711 times:

AsstChief's Rep #9 pic reminds me helping host a naked lady party bus to the first Super Bowl in Detroit (actually Pontiac, MI Silverdome) in the early 80's.

A local saloon owner rented the bus and four rather attractive strippers to serve sauce to the party patrons. The bus got stuck in ice after the game and those who weren't totally annebriated had a Super Ball party whilst waiting for a (rather large) tow truck. No one, sell-included, was the least bit concerned about getting home "late". Regards...jack



all best; jack
User currently offline808TWA From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 701 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3695 times:

I do know that EmiratesA345 would be interested in this thread. I believe he has his bus license.


Love is in the air, so practice safe flying
User currently offlineCON207 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 292 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3663 times:

Hi

I've been driving buses for over eleven years here in the UK.
Some of the Anetters here know me well. I drive for a company called Trentbarton buses Ltd.

Regards

Sue  Smile



Being ill sucks. Never take life for granted!!
User currently offlineEmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3631 times:

I'm not a bus driver, but a service attendant. I take care of the fueling and fluid levels on our fleet of coaches, as well as the cleanliness of the interior. I also wash the buses by driving them through a giant "bus wash". AIn the event of a breakdown, its also my job to drive out in a replacement and either drive back with the defective unit, or wait for a hook.

This is one of 14 of the newest additions to our fleet. 2006 Nova LFS. In this photo it had just arrived from the factory and still has not been put in service.

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The majority of our fleet comprises of the New Flyer D40LF. The most recent that we've acquired are from 2002, others being purchased in '96 (Powered by Natural Gas), '94 and '92. They all look very similar with slight changes throughout the years.

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Finally, here's me behind the wheel of a NOVA LFS.

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Quoting Rolfen (Thread starter):
Any bus drivers here?

Why do you ask?


Mark



You and I were meant to fly, Air Canada!
User currently offlineSunshine79 From UK - England, joined Jan 2006, 1760 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3625 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 5):

How the hell you ended up with a bus from my home town of Sunderland, I'll never know, lol.



Formerly alcregular, Why drive when you can fly?
User currently offlineDba4U From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 668 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3623 times:

Not a driver, rather a fan. But chances are about 50/50 I'll start an office job with a local company by 2008 which means that I will "have" to drive from time to time. Id rather be a simple busdriver, but the pay is horrible.

If you're interested: www.buspix.de


http://racuda.ra.funpic.de/VHH0615.jpg
Soon working on one of these?


User currently offline808TWA From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 701 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3618 times:

Quoting 808TWA (Reply 16):
I do know that EmiratesA345 would be interested in this thread. I believe he has his bus license.



Quoting EmiratesA345 (Reply 18):
EmiratesA345

Ah-ha....I knew you would respond. I sent you an email after my post (#16) just to alert you!  Big grin

ps....How was the Av.World sale?.....I couldn't make it as I was in YUL

-Alan



Love is in the air, so practice safe flying
User currently offlineTAM1079 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3581 times:

Yep....count me in as a pilot on the ground! I drive tour buses. And I gotta give you transit drivers ALOT of credit. I don't know of my blood pressure would survive a week of driving in the city with the nut jobs. LOL Stick me to a nice piece of interstate, or a national park. Its a much more enjoyable driving experience.
LOL @ the Van Hooligans. I've never heard that. Only Van Hoopty....which is pretty much how I feel about T800/900s. They are the beastily things. And in some wind...WOOO WEEE. They are good shuttle buses though. Kinda like old 737's....just keep on going and going and going and going. I currently drive the Setra S417....the 45 foot benz thats just as tempremental. LOL. The computer really likes to throw  hissyfit  alot. But I still love it. Nothing I've ever driven drives like it. It eats up mountain roads like candy, with little lean.
If anyone is familiar with the Nurburgring racing circut in Germany.....I think it could throw down a 15-17min lap time. Which....in a 53,000lb vechicle would be impressive.  checkeredflag 
So I gotta ask...since every driver has had it happen at one time or another. Whats been the worst thing you've ever had happen on your bus? One time in Vegas...a lady went #2 ALLLLLL OOOOOOOVER my bathroom. The walls, the floor, the toliet. I still get the dry heaves.
Here are some pictures from my travels.  Smile Anyone else have bus pictures?

This is outside of Fresno, going up into Kings Canyon National Park.


In Kings Canyon NP



Same trip....with a Van Hoopty C2045 trailing behind.



In front of the Air Force One building at The Regan Library. Simi Valley, CA



A Prevost H345 Entertainer. Prada Marfa, Marfa, TX


MCI J4500 San Diego @ Sunrise


Setra- Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.


User currently offlineHKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3567 times:

I'm not yet a bus driver but hoping to get my license this year and doing some casual work next year ... have been a bus enthusiast for as long as I've been a plane enthusiast. (The section of my photo gallery on buses & other transit is far bigger than that for aircraft)

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 5):
I drive one of these ....

I didn't know there were many Darts in Canada ... btw, I absolutely hate Darts.



4 Engines 4 LongHaul
User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7643 posts, RR: 35
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3538 times:

Quoting Sunshine79 (Reply 19):
How the hell you ended up with a bus from my home town of Sunderland, I'll never know, lol.

I just did a search on Google Images, and it was the nicest of the bunch. What are the chances, eh?  Big grin

Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 23):
I didn't know there were many Darts in Canada ... btw, I absolutely hate Darts.

I don't know about the rest of Canada, but in BC there are quiet a number of them. Terrible to drive, no power, spring brakes and only have a 50% dispatch reliability. We're supposed to be getting some new ones next year, wait to see what we'll be getting.



A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
25 Post contains links and images OB1504 : Not a bus driver, but a fan... One of the Miami-Dade Transit BlueBird TranShuttle CS. They're not known for their comfort, reliability, or quietness,
26 Post contains links FlyingTexan : Now THATS class. A Prevost. Pre-owned, a few years old, they sill cost REAL $$$. Interesting pic, too. Thanks for you other pix and story. Do the din
27 Senorcarnival : Haail to the bus driver, the bus driver, the bus driver Haail to the bus driver, the bus driver, the bus driver man He drinks and he cusses he crashes
28 Post contains images TAM1079 : EWWWWWWWWWWW I just saw the bag Flying....now THATS tramatic! I hope CO gave you a new one after that. Did you every find out HOW the poo got there in
29 Ndebelebev : Would love to get my PCV licence. Sue... any tips on how to go about it? I know my local company will take you through the process but anything else
30 Post contains links and images EmiratesA345 : Awesome pictures! I definitely envy you for driving that beautiful Setra. I was able to look around on one at a transit expo a few months ago and hav
31 Post contains images LY744 : How's everyone liking the new Novas? You guys don't have the misfortune of owning any of the older ('97-'99) ones, do you? LY744.
32 Vsa340 : What are buses and coaches limited to outside the UK? I know that a service bus i.e. Optare Excel's etc are imited to 90kph (55mph) but only really re
33 Post contains images TAM1079 : It looks exactly like mine. So Im guessing the S417....if its a north american bus, def the S417. I agree with the Prevost being a sexy beast. But if
34 EmiratesA345 : Personally, I love Novas. They are very comfortable to drive, and the steering on them is great, with the short wheelbase. I would say the majority o
35 Post contains images LY744 : Are transit buses usually set up to have the retarder kick in when you step off the gas pedal, or do you have to press the brake to get it working? I
36 TAM1079 : There is a button to lock them in place, and not turn. They actually are on a castor system...so the steering wheel doesn't control their position. T
37 Sleekjet : I drive a school bus. What am I thinking?!!! In case anyone is paying attention, it's a Thomas. About 7 years old, 82K miles, and air-conditioned. Tin
38 HKGKaiTak : Some route buses are limited to 80km/h, some to 90km/h, some are unlimited. Although the speed limit for heavy vehicles in Australia are 100km/h, so
39 57AZ : Transit style or standard? Out here almost all school buses are transit style. Coaches that I drove were highway units. Number of transmission retard
40 Post contains images ACDC8 : Our Darts are set up that once you step on the break pedal (or foot valve to be techincally correct ... ), the engine retarder kicks in automaticaly,
41 L410Turbolet : Only a fan. Can anyone explain me the purpose of the structure on the front side of those buses shown in reply #25? Some sort of bike rack?
42 KaiGywer : Correct. A good idea I've only seen here in the US, even though the bus service is terrible compared to Europe.
43 EmiratesA345 : Thats right. On a transit bus, at least all that I've drivem, once you remove your foot from the gas pedal, the retarder automatically kicks in and s
44 JAGflyer : I have ridden Viva once and I didn't like it. The seats are hard and transmit every vibration to your body. The next-station annoucement is cool thou
45 Post contains images LY744 : Score! LY744.
46 HKGKaiTak : Plenty of other cities around the world have it too ... for example here in Australia, Brisbane Transport and ACTION of Canberra have fitted these ra
47 FlyingTexan : Continental was overly gracious in supplying a new bag. The poo bag was 10 years old. It was damaged beyond repair on the other side. And the new one
48 EmiratesA345 : Many transit services have and are turning their backs to the padded seats that were the norm on buses in the 80's and early 90's. This being because
49 Post contains images David L :
50 BA787 : lol1 kinda runs it for ya that. Ill say it, Scotland is not a downhill spiral as a whole, its only Fort William
51 JAGflyer : Rider comfort should be TOP priority. Even the seats on the older YRT buses are not as bad as Viva's. I tried Viva and was not satisfied. If I need t
52 Post contains links and images EmiratesA345 : Rider comfort is not and can not be a priority in a public transit bus application. This being because of a variety of reasons. First and foremost, t
53 Saxman66 : I drove school buses as well as party buses. Very fun job actually. I met my last girlfriend from a "party" bus I was driving. Wouldn't want to make a
54 ACDC8 : I'm so glad that we don't have that problem in our neck of the woods. In reference to the turn signal operation, the floor mounted variant, is that f
55 Post contains images David L : I agree. Anyway, some plastic seats are almost as comfortable as soft seats. Nah, I'd have to nominate somewhere that doesn't have the spectacular sc
56 YVRtoYYZ : [quote=EmiratesA345,reply=52] It wouldn't happen to be a GRT bus in which those pictures were taken on, would they? -YVRtoYYZ
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