THIS MUST BE WHERE THEY MAKE YELLOW SCHOOL BUSSES, YA THINK?

Take the highway 286 exit off interstate 40 at Conway. Turn west. When you get to the top of the overpass, this is what you see. I can't even begin to guess how many school busses there are, but I was using a 38mm lens, I'm two hundred yards from the near busses, and still got only about two thirds of them in the frame. There's a big field on the other side of the road, and that's stacked with big yellow school busses, too.

On top of that, the guard at the gate told me this (early March) is their slack time of year. I should come back to take another picture in May.

I started noticing strobe lights appearing on the roofs of school busses about five years ago. I guess that's intended to make them more visible. You take something thirty feet long and ten feet high, paint it orange and black and put an engine in it that roars like a freight train, and the dang thing just blends right into the scenery. Careful, it'll sneak up on you. Better put a strobe light on it, just for safety's sake. Further government-mandated safety procedures are bound to be forthcoming, due to the increase in accidents involving drivers dazzled by strobe lights.

The sides of each of the busses are painted "THISNTHAT SCHOOL DISTRICT," and all the names I read are unfamiliar to me and I didn't see any two busses painted for the same school district. I intend to write to AmTran to find out the figures on how many busses they make, and whether or not they are the biggest big yellow bus manufacturer on Earth.

RTJ -- 3/8/97,3/28/97


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