2/27/2018

 






  Windstar Begins Plans to Add Thirty-Six New Van Hool Coaches to Fleet

From ABC:

Windstar is adding 36 luxury coaches to its fleet beginning with the recent delivery of a 56 passenger 2018 Van Hool CX45. "Windstar started with a 1992 Van Hool T-800, our bus #01 and now this coach is our bus #187," says Scott Greteman, Vice President of the Carroll, Iowa based coach line. "It has been 23 years since my parents, Mike and Cathy, started the business, and we've been dealing with ABC for all 23 of them."

Windstar is adding 36 luxury coaches to its fleet beginning with the recent delivery of a 56 passenger 2018 Van Hool CX45. "Windstar started with a 1992 Van Hool T-800, our bus #01 and now this coach is our bus #187," says Scott Greteman, Vice President of the Carroll, Iowa based coach line. "It has been 23 years since my parents, Mike and Cathy, started the business, and we've been dealing with ABC for all 23 of them."

Leadership of the company has passed to the next generation, with Jeff Greteman as President teamed with brothers, Scott and Pat, running the company. Their fleet has grown to 112 motorcoaches operating out of 9 locations throughout the Midwest.

This newest delivery is powered by a Cummins ISX 12-liter engine coupled to an Allison B500 transmission. The coach features Kiel Grand Luxe passenger seats with leather headrest inserts, magazine nets and 110-volt outlets. In addition, the passenger cabin has wood grained flooring, a six monitor REI Elite entertainment system, Van Hool's unique rear window, and passenger window shades.

It is also equipped with Van Hool safety features including 3-point seatbelts, backup camera, lane departure warning, antilock brakes, Smartwave Tire Pressure Monitoring, Kidde Fire Suppression Systems, automatic stability control, daytime running lights, curbside lighting and adaptive static aiming lights. Visit ABC's site >

 

  ABA Foundation report finds motorcoach sales up in Q4

From Metro:

Based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a 9.7% increase over the same quarter in 2016 to a total of 1,238 units (738 new coaches and 500 pre-owned coaches).

This is according to the American Bus Association Foundation’s (ABAF) fourth quarter/full year 2017 Motorcoach Builder Survey.

Based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a 9.7% increase over the same quarter in 2016 to a total of 1,238 units (738 new coaches and 500 pre-owned coaches), according to the American Bus Association Foundation’s (ABAF) fourth quarter/full year 2017 Motorcoach Builder Survey.

"The industry had a very positive fourth quarter and year over year," said Peter Pantuso, president/CEO of the ABA Foundation. "We saw a four percent increase over last year as a whole and that mimics what is going on within the group travel and tourism industry. We providing more than 600 million passenger trips annually and..................   READ MORE >

 
 
 
 
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  Dad Designs School Bus Lego Set

From School Bus Fleet:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Fueled by his design skills and his son’s love of school buses, a Kansas City man has conceived what could become the first school bus Lego set.

Nathan Roberts said he was surprised to discover recently that there has never been an official school bus Lego set. Being a fan of the classic plastic building bricks - and having a 4-year-old son who is fascinated by yellow buses - Roberts decided to design his own set.

"The school bus seemed like such a good fit that I had to give it a try," he told SBF.

Roberts, who has worked in a variety of jobs over the past 10 years, is currently back in school earning a bachelor's degree in computer science at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Roberts said that his 4-year-old son enjoys seeing yellow buses lined up at school when they pick up his older brother.

"I think he particularly loves school buses because the color is so iconic and inviting," Roberts said.

Inspired by his son’s bus zeal, the Lego enthusiast spent about five months off and on designing his school bus set, which uses a total of 572 pieces.

The 10-passenger bus has a removable roof, a stop arm and a crossing arm that swing out, a hood that opens to reveal the engine, and even a fire extinguisher on board.

Roberts used a computer model to create images of the set concept, although he also assembled a physical brick version. "It was important for me to actually build it," he said, "because it's hard to know what really works and looks good with only a digital version."

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Fueled by his design skills and his son’s love of school buses, a Kansas City man has conceived what could become the first school bus Lego set.
 

Inspired by his son’s bus zeal, the Lego enthusiast spent about five months off and on designing his school bus set, which uses a total of 572 pieces. The 10-passenger bus has a removable roof, a stop arm and a crossing arm that swing out, a hood that opens to reveal the engine, and even a fire extinguisher on board.

 


 

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