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« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2006, 10:25:10 AM »

DL3.  Now I got it.  Forgot about that one.  Got nice lines...even stretched across the road.
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« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2006, 02:17:56 PM »

Poor fellow more than likely took the wrong turn and was trying to fix it, and had little experience backing up. Russ and Runcutter got it nailed.

Self fulfilling prophesy in many quarters of the transportation industry, and the transit companies in particular.

If you back up, you'll hit something, don't back up.

Then they don't bother teaching them to back-up.

Then we know what happens when the poor beggar ends up having to back up....

Good news for busnuts, Russ and I are always available for backing lessons, you choose FOB Toronto, or FOB 'Frisco.

happy coaching!
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« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2006, 02:26:11 PM »

Did his (or her) bus have mirrors???  Cheesy
Man that sucks grounding out a nice bus like that.


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Are the D4500 and D4505s still available with the SS option?


Pretty sure they're available w/ stainless:


"Newlook"  D-Model D45__ :


I prefer the "Newlook" D-Model to the D-Model "Contemporary":


Or keep the Classic:


Some don't like the Newlook D model, saying it looks like they simply glued on a new front.
I've seen them on the streets, and find them Ok.  Way nicer than the funky headlight design on the Contemporary -- which are essentially the same lights as the Newlook ... but they look better there.

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« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2006, 05:15:59 PM »

Good news for busnuts, Russ and I are always available for backing lessons, you choose FOB Toronto, or FOB 'Frisco.  happy coaching!  buswarrior

Exactly right - private sector especially doesn't teach/allow backing, putting drivers in a Catch-22. 

You can add FOB Dallas TX for backing lessons, particularly how to use mirrors.  We had a driving instructor in the early 70's - if a new driver turned his (in those days) head, instructor would hit him upside the head and yell "Use Your Mirrors". 

My first job was sweeping, then fueling and hostling.  Private operator, we used to have to back them across the lot (after fueling) - if we overlapped the mirrors we could get an extra bus in the row.  (Back then, I could still squeeze out the door - if I tried it now, no go)  Sometimes I still feel more comfortable backing up than driving forward.

Thing is, in backing - you should be able to put the bus with a few inches (I know, 1/2 inch for some), of exactly where you want it - the rear axle making an excellent pivot point. 

Bus Warrior makes a good point - learn, and practice backing.  Just make sure you have a spotter (or rear camera?) to take care of the big blind spot directly aft.

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« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2006, 06:38:34 PM »

Sorry Runcutter....

Ok, Runcutter, Russ and yours truly...

Always available for personal lessons. 50 States, 10 Provinces and 3 Terrirories.

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Learn to drive the coach without that darned husband around!

Transportation costs, FOB Dallas, FOB 'Frisco, FOB Toronto.

Deep discounts in Arcadia at Bussin'07!!!

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« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2006, 09:38:28 PM »

Hey BW -

That's Fresno, not San Francisco, for yours truly.

BTW, the locals around here call it "The City", rather than 'Frisco.  SF natives HATE "'Frisco"!

FWIW. . .

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« Reply #21 on: October 13, 2006, 12:25:31 AM »

BTW, the locals around here call it "The City", rather than 'Frisco.  SF natives HATE "'Frisco"!

Yes, Fresno it is. And I'd probably rather do training in a bus there than SF.

Speaking of... and not to play one-upsmanship amongst our trifecta of pro-trainers here on MAK, but I did hear (through a busnut friend of a busnut friend) that of you three, only Russ' training regimen involves coaching the student into safely navigating a 4905 down Lombard Street in The City.

Could be a nasty rumor, though...  Grin
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« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2006, 04:57:37 AM »

Russ, don't think The City would mean much to most of us. If I saw that posted with no reference to location I would immediately think of New York, or maybe Chicago. You did good BW!
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« Reply #23 on: October 13, 2006, 01:08:31 PM »

I'll stick to bus stuff and leave the goegraphy to others....

Sorry, Fresno....

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