|Bucknell's Geology Department emphasizes field work in teaching and research, and we have to have a way to "get there from here". Bucknell has a Transportation Department well-stocked with a Bus, and a fleet of vans, mini-vans and automobiles. In addition, our department has its own 4WD Suburban which greatly enhances our ability to access remote field locations.|
Rob Jacob manuvers a van through a
small stream in Madison County, Virginia
on a Geomorphology field trip.
Please look below at the transportation facilities available to faculty and students:
Geology Department's 4WD Chevy Suburban:
We are fortunate to own our own 4WD Chevy Suburban which has been very handy for towing the Engineeering Department's Drill Rig, hauling students and field equipment to remote locations and providing year-around access to filed sites.
Early in the Academic Year '99-'00 we will purchase a brand new model and equip it with a winch, brush guard, skid plates roof racks and towing package.
The "Silver Bullet":
In order to get our 100-level labs to field trip sites, we often use the Bucknell Bus, which is air-conditioned and has gearing and suspension to handle the rougher gravel roads where we often travel.
The Motor Pool:
Bucknell University has a well-stocked motor pool, consisting of vans, mini-vans and automobiles. We often use the vans in our upper level courses, and may use the smaller vehicles for small groups or transportation to meetings or conferences. Students with a good driving record can become certified to drive these vehicles and often drive during field trips or use them as field research vehicles.
The Buckbuggy II:
And if you are looking for that special vehicle to haul your field equipment across a barrier island, or through the Montandon Wetlands, do we have something for you! The Buckbuggy was built in the Engineering Machine Shop and will haul heavy loads across sand or swamp. If the water gets too deep, it will float! Power is provided by enthusiastic students....