Originally Posted by Brad_SwiftFur
This photo appears to be a "low ceiling" Thomas bus, and the piece behind the front cap drops down for this ceiling height. On a "high ceiling" bus it is reversed giving the ceiling roughly 6" more height, along with correspondingly taller walls and windows.
Presumably this is so that all Thomas buses use the same front cap and windshield, eliminating the need for 2 different sized windshields, frames, caps, etc.
Darn, I like the look of the tall front so much more than the low front :/ and it would be nice to tuck a low profile roof rack below that little front crown, nice and aerodynamic and visually unobtrusive.
So there are 3 heights for thomas buses of this generation than. Low (main ceiling lower than front cap), hight (main ceiling taller than front cap) standard (all one height).
Any idea what the 3 interior heights are?
This brings up a few questions:
1. why in gods name would they even make a low ceiling height model if it doesn't decrease the overall height of the bus...? what's the point?
2. Why would Thomas opt to make the curvature of the roof substantially more complex just to stick to 1 size front cap?