thomas is apparently the cheaper brand.
We have BB and I see a lot of them around - one company here as a lot of FE type Ds and I saw a type b BB shorty today...i want that bus!
(i got to take a field trip run in the morning so got to see 2 other areas and the magnet school buses coming into town).
Our soon to be out of work competitor has a couple of safe-t-liners, I see one daily (it's the first in line at the HS, depending on which bus i'm second or fourth, but it comes in wtih vo tech kids so we're there and he passes us to get in front).
Lots of fun and interesting videos on youtube...
just watched 2 on IC bus construction from the tv show 'how it's made' and about to watch this one baout thomas buses
guy talks about the build requirements - the roof must support 1.5X the weight of the bus..today the bus I drove had a GVWR of 31,000lbs..so that's one strong MF roof
A new bus can have 20,000 different options...typical car is 200!