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! align="center" colspan="2" style="background:#3f3f3f;" | <big><font color=white>Thomas Built Buses - FS-65</font></big>
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| '''Years of manufacture''' || 1995 to 2006
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| '''Years of manufacture''' || 1997 to 2006
 
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The '''[[Thomas Built Buses]] FS-65''' is a Type C school bus. 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>
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In May 1996, [[Freightliner]] introduced their new type-C school bus chassis, known as the '''FS-65'''. Freightliner had worked with [[Thomas Built Buses]] to develop a chassis/body combination that boasted a larger windshield, a raised driver's platform, and a sloping hood, all leading to better visibility. Production was expected to begin in mid-1996.<ref>Freightliner enters school bus market. 15 May 1996. Press release. Freightliner Corporation.</ref> The first 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.</ref>
  
Using the same [[Thomas Built Buses Conventional|Conevntional]] body Thomas had built on a variety of chassis, Thomas first built on the [[Freightliner Custom Chassis|Freightliner]] [[Freightliner Custom Chassis FS-65|FS-65]] in 1995. The whole product became known as the FS-65 soon after Thomas was acquired by Freightliner Group.
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When launched, the FS-65 chassis was also available to other body manufacturers, including [[Blue Bird]], [[Carpenter Industries|Capenter]], and [[Corbeil Bus Corporation|Corbeil]]. By the end of 2002, Blue Bird had designed their own type-C chassis, Carpenter had ceased operation, and Corbeil focused solely on producing type-A buses. At this time, Thomas, which had become a subsidiary of Freightliner in 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 last FS-65 school bus, and the FS-65 was replaced by the [[Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2|Saf-T-Liner C2]]. A total of 62,764 Freightliner FS-65 chassis have been produced.<ref name="ThomasRetired" />
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On December 13, 2006, Thomas delivered their last FS-65 school bus. The FS-65 was 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 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==
 
==Other Photos==
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
Image:Elk Island Catholic Schools 52.jpg|A low-roof model of the FS-65 on the GMC 6000 platform.
 
Image:Golden Arrow 197.jpg|A low-roof model International 3800 chassis FS-65.
 
 
Image:Southland Transportation 756.jpg|A shorter, low-roof Freightliner model of the FS-65.
 
Image:Southland Transportation 756.jpg|A shorter, low-roof Freightliner model of the FS-65.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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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
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!Emissions
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!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
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|EPA 2004
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|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
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|EPA 2004
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|2002-2006
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|[[Mercedes-Benz]] [[Mercedes-Benz OM 900|MBE906]] 6.4 litre, 185-250 hp
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|EPA 2004
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|2002-2006
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!colspan=2|Transmission
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!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==
 
==Operators==
 
===Canada [[Image:Flag of Canada.png|28px]]===
 
===Canada [[Image:Flag of Canada.png|28px]]===
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* [[Academia Bus Company]] - Vancouver, BC
 
* [[Canadian Armed Forces]]
 
* [[Canadian Armed Forces]]
 
* [[Cardinal Coach Lines]] ([[FirstGroup plc]]) - Calgary, AB
 
* [[Cardinal Coach Lines]] ([[FirstGroup plc]]) - Calgary, AB
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* [[Dannel Transportation]] - St. Catharines, ON
 
* [[Elk Island Schools]] - Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Counties of Strathcona, Lamont, and Minburn, AB
 
* [[Elk Island Schools]] - Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Counties of Strathcona, Lamont, and Minburn, AB
 
* [[Farr's Coach Lines]] - Dunnville, ON
 
* [[Farr's Coach Lines]] - Dunnville, ON
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* [[Southland Transportation]] - Calgary, AB
 
* [[Southland Transportation]] - Calgary, AB
 
* [[Wills Bus Lines]] - Binbrook, ON
 
* [[Wills Bus Lines]] - Binbrook, ON
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===United States [[Image:Flag of the United States.png|28px]]===
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* [[Trinity Transportation]] - Wyandotte, MI
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* [[UConn Transportation Services]] - Storrs, CT
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Latest revision as of 03:44, 4 May 2019

Thomas Built Buses FS-65
Golden Arrow 376.jpg
Years of manufacture 1997 to 2006
Length
Width 96 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel
Golden Arrow 326.jpg

In May 1996, Freightliner introduced their new type-C school bus chassis, known as the FS-65. Freightliner had worked with Thomas Built Buses to develop a chassis/body combination that boasted a larger windshield, a raised driver's platform, and a sloping hood, all leading to better visibility. Production was expected to begin in mid-1996.[1] The first bus was completed and delivered to John T. Cyr & Sons in January 1997.[2]

When launched, the FS-65 chassis was also available to other body manufacturers, including Blue Bird, Capenter, and Corbeil. By the end of 2002, Blue Bird had designed their own type-C chassis, Carpenter had ceased operation, and Corbeil focused solely on producing type-A buses. At this time, Thomas, which had become a subsidiary of Freightliner in 1998[3], produced their type-C buses exclusively on the FS-65 chassis.

On December 13, 2006, Thomas delivered their last FS-65 school bus. The FS-65 was succeeded by the Saf-T-Liner C2, which was launched two years earlier. A total of 62,764 Freightliner FS-65 chassis were produced, and nearly a quarter of a million FS-65 conventional bodies were produced.[4]

Other Photos

Specifications

Operators

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References

  1. Freightliner enters school bus market. 15 May 1996. Press release. Freightliner Corporation.
  2. First Freightliner school bus completed and delivered to largest contractor in Maine. 09 January 1997. Press release. Freightliner Corporation.
  3. Press release. 06 October 1998.
  4. Thomas retires the FS-65, thomasbus.com, retrieved 09-06-30