School District. No. 73 serving Kamloops, British Columbia, located about 220 miles northeast of Vancouver, recently had a "no run" problem with a 1998 DT466E International diesel engine. This particular engine had racked up 381,000 km (about 236,742 miles), so it was just a matter of time when something like this was going to happen.
Anson Stewart is a engineering and urban studies graduate of Swarthmore College who won a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a one-year grant for independent study outside the United States. His project, "School Bus Migrations: Recycling Transit in the Global South," follows old American yellow school buses now being used in a variety of ways in Central America, South America and Africa. He will blog regularly during his travels for STN. The following post is the first in this series.