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Top 4 School Buses Manufacturer?  
User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3301 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1422 times:

Now that I drive school buses, ( I also a College student) I have driven Thomasbuilt Saf-T-Liner FEs and Saf-T-Liners C2s, IC type D FE and Blue Bird All American ER and EF, and I wonder, what are your 4 top school bus manufacturer?
For D types, I would say Crown was the first, Gillig second, Blue Bird third and IC. For C type, Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2 only.

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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1366 times:

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
what are your 4 top school bus manufacturer?

I have never driven a bus, nor do I plan to, but when I was in school I loved riding in the Gilligs the most. BlueBirds were second. Crowns sucked. But that is just me.....



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User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8070 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1310 times:

If you ever gone to school in SoCal or even like in the LA area, you frequently see Crown Coach school buses which are transit style buses that have round corners, sometimes a curving windshield and a rear engine. They also have a unique sound that you can hear particularly when they accelerate. other buses in SoCal include Blue Bird, all angular, Wayne, and Thomas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrV-4mKnR9k&feature=related



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User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3301 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1295 times:

Quoting 2707200X (Reply 2):
If you ever gone to school in SoCal or even like in the LA area, you frequently see Crown Coach school buses which are transit style buses that have round corners, sometimes a curving windshield and a rear engine. They also have a unique sound that you can hear particularly when they accelerate. other buses in SoCal include Blue Bird, all angular, Wayne, and Thomas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrV-4...lated




Growing up in the LA area, I seen and rode on many Crown Supercoaches. Back in the 80s, when I was a kid, I went to summer school in the Inglewood Unifed School District, and we rode on 60 area Cummins 743 powered 35 ft Crown Supercoaches, and a old type C ( non transit) Blue Bird, then in 1988 IUSD bought some brand new Cummins 855 ( 300hp) powered 35 ft Crown Supercoaches, and those would take me to summer school up till 1990. My first ride on a 40 ft tandem axles, or what I used to call ten wheelers, was in 1989 and it was own by Mark IV bus line. I went to summer school at a private school, and we was taking our last field trip of the summer and we was going to Raging Water. I we was in the school hallway, and as we walk to the bus, I was shock that our bus was a tandem axles Crown. I also rode on a MarkIV tandem axles Crown Supercoach in 1991 to Six Flag Magic Mountain for our 6 grade graduation trip, and I can not remember if these two buses was Cummins or Detroit power. In high school, ( Westchester High School) I was on the track team, so I rode on tons of Crowns 35 and 38 ft Supercoach and sometimes LAUSD Supercoach II, but I do not think I ever went to a track meet on a 40 ft tandem axle Supercoach.
I believe LAUSD still operates Detroit Diesel 6-71 35ft Supercoaches and Supercoach 2s, ( all Supercoach 2s are 40 ft and all LAUSDs had 6v92s) but they retired all there 40ft tandem axle Supercoaches. Which sad, because they was powered by Cummins 743/855s, and they sound like beast!


User currently offlinektrick45 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1258 times:

It's kinda sad, but for new build C or D, you can't have a top four any more, at least not in the USA. There are only three builders still in that market: Blue Bird, IC and Thomas. Carpenter, Crown, Gillig, Superior and Wayne are all gone from the school bus market. Ward is still in, sorta. It became Amtran, now IC.

[Edited 2012-03-31 05:28:44]

User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1216 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1238 times:

Is this a world championship a la baseball, or is it open to outside competition? In that case, and like most poster above based on an infinitesimally small sample, my vote goes to the Toyota HiAce. Or the Ford Transit, seen in their thousands in Istanbul proudly wearing the tag "Okul Taksi", which translates to taxi but it is technically speaking a bus.


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User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3301 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1207 times:

Quoting ktrick45 (Reply 4):
It's kinda sad, but for new build C or D, you can't have a top four any more, at least not in the USA. There are only three builders still in that market: Blue Bird, IC and Thomas. Carpenter, Crown, Gillig, Superior and Wayne are all gone from the school bus market. Ward is still in, sorta. It became Amtran, now IC.




Yes it is sad. I would love to see what a 2012 Crown Supercoach 3 would look like. With that way the Blue Bird All American, has become a beast, I bet a Crown Supercoach 3, would really be a beast.
Gillig is still around, but they now build transit buses only. It funny, because Hampton Roads Transit pretty much, only operates Gillig buses, and I think about how Gillig started by building school buses, and now they build only city buses. I guess there could be some Thomas Built, Blue Bird and IC transit buses in the future.   


User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1113 times:

Thomas and Blue Bird do build transit coaches. Thomas Built Buses originally started as the Pearly Thomas Car Company and built streetcars. The largest group of surviving Pearly Thomas cars are those that operate on the St. Charles line in NO. They were built in the early '20s and still provide reliable roud the clock service.


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User currently offlinektrick45 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1099 times:

IC also listed a transit coach. I don't know if they actually sold one.

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