Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner ER

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Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner ER
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Years of manufacture 1977 to 2002
Length Up to 40 feet
Width 96 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel

The Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner ER was a rear-engined Type-D school bus. It was launched after Thomas introduced its first transit-style bus chassis in 1977.[1] The ER was produced as Thomas' top-of-the-line rear-engined bus. It was succeed by the Saf-T-Liner HDX in 2002.


The bus could seat 66 to 90 passengers and had optional underbody storage for student activities and trips. The interior could be fitted with luggage racks and high-backed seats. An option for increased headroom was also available.

When introduced, the ER shared its appearance with the EF. It had a wide chrome grill, round quad headlights, and chrome trim on the front. By 1982, the grill was deleted and the chrome trim reduced. The following year, rectangular headlights were used. By the end of the 1980s, large square turn signals were used on the front. The windshield was enlarged in 1991 for improved visibility. By 1997, the ER used new headlight assemblies like those on the TL960.


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  • Thomas Company History.