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Our company history

Richards Bus Lines, Inc. has served the transportation needs of Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia since 1944. Started as a shuttle, transporting workers, three times daily, from Luray and Page County to the now closed Viscose Plant in Front Royal, Richards Bus Lines has progressed into a full-service charter and tour company.

 

Eddie Sours & his first wife, Sandra, took over the company in 1978, from Sandra’s father, and company founder, Marvin Richards. Marvin had operated the company since 1944, providing workers with shuttle service between Luray and Front Royal.

 

 

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Eddie & his first buses (in the early years)

Recognizing a need in the region for a full service charter bus company, Eddie began providing limited charter bus service, while still providing plant shuttles for all three shifts at the Viscose plant. From the very beginning, he took pride in providing personalized service on clean, well-maintained coaches. In those years, Eddie drove many of the charters, maintained the buses, cleaned the buses, and drove the shuttles to Front Royal for all three shifts.

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The Richards Bus Lines fleet of buses grew and improved.

In the next decade, the charter business grew, and Eddie continued to improve his fleet of buses, while at the same time the Viscose plant reduced production until it finally closed in 1989. By the time the plant closed, Richards Bus Lines had expanded and the emphasis of the company had shifted to tours and charter service, rather than the three-times-daily plant shuttles, Richards Bus Lines was running tours and charters all over the United States, in a fleet of a dozen modern motor coaches.

 

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Lana & her bus

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Lana & Eddie on their wedding day

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Eddie & one of his buses

In the summer of 2005, Eddie married Lana Bennett, the owner of Bennett Tours, Inc. of Harrisonburg. Bennett Tours has provided packaged tours, custom tour planning and charter bus service to the region for over 28 years. With this marriage, came the merger of Richards Bus Lines with Bennett Tours. Working together, Eddie and Lana now offer transportation services, ranging from charter motorcoach services to packaged and custom tours.

 

The Richards Bus Lines fleet of buses now includes two Prevost luxury touring motorcoaches, and eight MCI luxury. All are equipped with free WifFi, TV monitors with VCR and/or DVD player, reclining seats, onboard restroom and PA system. Each motorcoach has overhead storage with larger baggage storage compartments underneath. With this outstanding fleet of motorcoaches and a staff of courteous and safe professional drivers, Richards Bus Lines and Bennett Tours are ready to meet your transportation needs. 

 

 

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Richards Bus lines recently celebrated Eddie's 30th Anniversary as company owner with a tour to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Eight bus loads of customers, family and friends enjoyed a funfilled weekend which included a huge banquet at the Smokie Mountain Convention Center, the variety show at the Smith Family Theater and a choice of a visit to Dollywood, Outlet Shopping or a bus tour of the Smokie Moutains.

 

Richards Bus Lines, Inc. is a member of the Virginia Motor Coach Association, the United Motor Coach Association and the American Bus Association.

 

 

Richards Bus Lines, Inc.                         E-Mail:  Operations Manager                                Office:  540-743-4005

311 Mechanic Street                                 E-Mail:  Charter Manager                                       Fax:  540-743-1683

Luray, Virginia 22835                                                                                                        Toll Free:  800-258-8182