The story of Chattanooga Double Decker.
On July 28th, 2009 upon turning on to Carter street following a routine teeth cleaning at the dentist’s office, I had an epiphany. What if Chattanooga had an open top Double Decker tour bus that could show the rich history and scenery of not just a small portion, but more, much more of the city I love so much. Eventually I would formulate a route with views as far North as Stringer’s Ridge, as far East as the Historic Brabson-Loveman home, as far South as the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel and as far West as the Moonpie Factory. All the while crossing all three of Chattanooga’s drivable bridges for a total of 4 times and driving along the South and North Banks of the Tennessee River in order to show her majestic beauty as well as the grandiose mountains surrounding the “The Scenic City” in about approximately 1 hour.
Though I had this dream in 2009 it wasn’t until my 2010 deployment to Iraq that I garnered the rest of the funds I needed to turn my dream in to a reality. While I was in Iraq, I swore that when I returned I would deliver the most historically accurate and scenic tour ride in Chattanooga. Upon returning in July 2010, I attained the business licenses I needed before searching far and wide until finding the perfect bus (well, perfect for the price) in Los Angeles, California. On the night of October 1st 2010, Eleanor arrived to Chattanooga after driving several days and nights from Los Angeles and the very next night our bus (later nicknamed Eleanor) celebrated her first maiden voyage by taking my classmates and I out on the town to celebrate our 10 year high school reunion. Since then, I have made it my goal in life to give the ultimate experience to each tourist by making every aspect of our tours amazing. Everything from our bowling shirt uniforms, to our free moonpies and double-colas, to our tours showing the most history and scenery spells out our dedication to our customers. At Chattanooga Double Decker, our purpose isn’t to make money but to show the city we love so much while giving our customers a positive experience they will reflect on the rest of their lives. Why do we do this? You might ask. The answer is brilliantly simple, “because we love Chattanooga.”
About the Owner/Operator Rufus Marye
Rufus Marye is a 2000 graduate of The McCallie School in Chattanooga, a 2004 graduate of The Citadel and a former Field Artillery officer with Tennessee Army National Guard. He is an OIF veteran and OEF veteran and lives in Chattanooga. His hobbies are studying Chattanooga history, running across the Market and Veteran’s street bridges, smoking a cigar at Burns tobacconist on Cherry Street, drinking coffee, listening to jazz music and enjoying locally crafted whiskey and beer. Above all, Rufus loves being with his lovely wife, Katie.
Eleanor is a 1960 AEC Routemaster who was born at Park Royal Vehicles in West London, England before migrating to Canada and then eventually Los Angeles, California. She has been Americanized with an International Diesel Engine and Allison Transmission as well as having her top taken off in order to appease the many sight seeing tourists.