News Pictures – George W. Bush thanked the thousands who turned out to pay their respects

07-12-2018 04:12

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Flag waving-crowds lined the tracks as a special funeral train carried the flag-draped body of former President George H.W. Bush to College Station, Texas, where he was buried Thursday evening.

As the train passed through the towns a group of elementary students could be seen holding a banner that read ‘THANK YOU’.

The locomotive of the train is named 4141 in tribute to George H.W. 

Firefighters saluted atop their truck on an overpass and a woman held a red hat and sign with hearts that read: ‘Rest in Peace George.’

‘Thank you for making 41’s last ride so special,’ former President George W. Bush wrote in the caption of his post on Instagram, showing the back of his head as he looked out a window from onboard the Union Pacific train. 

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Flag waving-crowds lined the tracks as a special funeral train (pictured) carried the flag-draped body of former President George H.W. Bush to College Station, Texas, where he was buried Thursday evening

Flag waving-crowds lined the tracks as a special funeral train (pictured) carried the flag-draped body of former President George H.W. Bush to College Station, Texas, where he was buried Thursday evening

Flag waving-crowds lined the tracks as a special funeral train (pictured) carried the flag-draped body of former President George H.W. Bush to College Station, Texas, where he was buried Thursday evening

The Plexiglass door on both sides of the car will allow the public to see Bush's casket as it hauled on the route through Texas 

The Plexiglass door on both sides of the car will allow the public to see Bush's casket as it hauled on the route through Texas 

The Plexiglass door on both sides of the car will allow the public to see Bush’s casket as it hauled on the route through Texas 

Firefighters stand on their truck and salute along with other attendants on an overpass as the train carrying the body of the former president travels past on the way to Bush's final internment

Firefighters stand on their truck and salute along with other attendants on an overpass as the train carrying the body of the former president travels past on the way to Bush's final internment

Firefighters stand on their truck and salute along with other attendants on an overpass as the train carrying the body of the former president travels past on the way to Bush’s final internment

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of the former president passes along the route

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of the former president passes along the route

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of the former president passes along the route

A young spectator waves an American flag along the route where the casket of former President George H.W. Bush will travel aboard the Union Pacific funeral train

A young spectator waves an American flag along the route where the casket of former President George H.W. Bush will travel aboard the Union Pacific funeral train

A young spectator waves an American flag along the route where the casket of former President George H.W. Bush will travel aboard the Union Pacific funeral train

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes by

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes by

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes by

Judy Hulsey said it was a ‘very moving experience’ to be able to wave at the George H.W.’s family as they rode in the special funeral train. 

Hulsey, of Brenham, was among those who went to Navasota to watch as the train passed through on its way to College Station. 

American flags were hung on buildings and a large sign read: ‘President George H.W. Bush Thank You For A Lifetime Of Service.’

Hulsey said it was worth standing out in the cold and rain to be able to honor Bush and his family.

Kerry Dunford, of Rosenberg, said: ‘I think it’s great for the country to do this sort of thing so more people can be a part of showing their respects and giving a tribute to this man who truly deserves it.’

Some who lined up along the train route decided to make – or pick up – their own keepsakes to remember the day.

Several left coins on the tracks to be flattened as the train passed over and others picked up nearby rocks to take home.

Thousands of Texans braved the rainy weather to pay their respects to George H.W. Bush on Thursday afternoon as a special funeral train carried his casket from Spring, Texas to Texas A&M. His son, former president George W. Bush posted this photo to Instagram of him waving to the crowd, captioning it: ‘Thank you for making 41’s last ride so special’ 

David Lauren, who is married to Lauren Bush Lauren, posted these photos from inside the special funeral train, writing: 'A view from inside the Union Pacific as proud Americans line the streets of Texas to honor 41'

David Lauren, who is married to Lauren Bush Lauren, posted these photos from inside the special funeral train, writing: 'A view from inside the Union Pacific as proud Americans line the streets of Texas to honor 41'

David Lauren, who is married to Lauren Bush Lauren, posted these photos from inside the special funeral train, writing: ‘A view from inside the Union Pacific as proud Americans line the streets of Texas to honor 41’

The train then embarked on a slow roll to his presidential library in College Station, passing thousands of people who stood along the tracks. Many of them held up their phones for pictures

The train then embarked on a slow roll to his presidential library in College Station, passing thousands of people who stood along the tracks. Many of them held up their phones for pictures

The train then embarked on a slow roll to his presidential library in College Station, passing thousands of people who stood along the tracks. Many of them held up their phones for pictures

Bush's body was later loaded onto a special train fitted with clear sides so people could catch a glimpse of the casket as it rumbled by

Bush's body was later loaded onto a special train fitted with clear sides so people could catch a glimpse of the casket as it rumbled by

Bush's body was later loaded onto a special train fitted with clear sides so people could catch a glimpse of the casket as it rumbled by

Bush's body was later loaded onto a special train fitted with clear sides so people could catch a glimpse of the casket as it rumbled by

Bush’s body was later loaded onto a special train fitted with clear sides so people could catch a glimpse of the casket as it rumbled by. David Lauren, Lauren Bush Lauren’s husband posted the photos from inside the train

Doug Allen, 55, of Cypress, left eight coins on the tracks before the train passed through Pinehurst. The train left his three quarters, three dimes and two pennies flattened and slightly discolored.

He says he only thought of the idea a few moments before the train passed and his wife and her friend found the coins in their bags. Laughing, he said: ‘That’s all the change we had.’

‘It’s something we’ll always keep,’ Allen said.

Thousands of cheering and waving Texans lined the route of the special funeral train traveling 70 miles from Houston.

The 41st president’s son George W. Bush and his wife Laura, along with other members of the Bush family, watched somberly as a military honor guard carried his casket off the train. His flag-draped casket was wrapped with a plastic cover due to the rainy conditions.

Bush’s arrival came after an emotional service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston on Thursday morning. 

His body was then transported via the presidential train to the presidential library where he was laid to rest at a private ceremony. 

Following the service, a hearse took the late president to the Union Pacific train station in Spring, Texas, where a special funeral train, with a locomotive painted in the colors of Air Force One and named 4141, journeyed two and a half hours to College Station. 

Men salute the president while standing on an orange tractor as women take photos of the passing train 

Men salute the president while standing on an orange tractor as women take photos of the passing train 

Men salute the president while standing on an orange tractor as women take photos of the passing train 

Following an emotional service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Bush was taken by hearse to Spring, Texas, where a joint services military honor guard carried his casket onto the special train that will take him and family members and close friends to College Station 

Following an emotional service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Bush was taken by hearse to Spring, Texas, where a joint services military honor guard carried his casket onto the special train that will take him and family members and close friends to College Station 

Following an emotional service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Bush was taken by hearse to Spring, Texas, where a joint services military honor guard carried his casket onto the special train that will take him and family members and close friends to College Station 

Ryder Davis, 3, watches the memorial train for President George H.W. Bush pass through Pinehurst, Texas, atop the shoulders of his father, 27-year-old Matthew Davis, on Thursday

Ryder Davis, 3, watches the memorial train for President George H.W. Bush pass through Pinehurst, Texas, atop the shoulders of his father, 27-year-old Matthew Davis, on Thursday

Ryder Davis, 3, watches the memorial train for President George H.W. Bush pass through Pinehurst, Texas, atop the shoulders of his father, 27-year-old Matthew Davis, on Thursday

Steven Lowry, 7, picks through the rocks underneath the train tracks moments after the memorial train for George H.W. had passed through Pinehurst, Texas. Many people who watched the train pass by took rocks or coins that were flattened by the train as keepsakes

Steven Lowry, 7, picks through the rocks underneath the train tracks moments after the memorial train for George H.W. had passed through Pinehurst, Texas. Many people who watched the train pass by took rocks or coins that were flattened by the train as keepsakes

Steven Lowry, 7, picks through the rocks underneath the train tracks moments after the memorial train for George H.W. had passed through Pinehurst, Texas. Many people who watched the train pass by took rocks or coins that were flattened by the train as keepsakes

The train’s sixth car, a converted baggage hauler called ‘Council Bluffs,’ was fitted with transparent sides to allow mourners lining the tracks views of Bush’s flag draped coffin. 

The 41st president’s son George W. Bush was so moved by the thousands of Texans who braved the gloomy weather to pay their respects to the former president that he posted a photo of himself waving to the crowds, writing: ‘Thank you for making 41’s last ride so special.’ 

Bush was then taken to his presidential library at the university, where he was laid to rest at a private ceremony next to his wife, Barbara, who died in April, and his daughter Robin, who died at age three in 1953.  

About 2,100 cadets in their tan dress uniforms with jackets and ties and knee-high boots waited for hours on the cold, gray day to line the road -known as Barbara Bush Drive – to the Bush library’s front doors. 

The US Navy conducted a 21 strike fighter flyover, a salute to the World War II Navy pilot, followed by a 21-gun cannon salute on the ground. 

The flyover was performed as an honor guard, close friends and relatives accompanied Bush’s casket to his family’s burial plot.

Proud Texans held up the Texas State flag as the special train carrying the 41st president journeyed from Spring, Texas to College Station following a service at his favorite church in Houston 

Proud Texans held up the Texas State flag as the special train carrying the 41st president journeyed from Spring, Texas to College Station following a service at his favorite church in Houston 

Proud Texans held up the Texas State flag as the special train carrying the 41st president journeyed from Spring, Texas to College Station following a service at his favorite church in Houston 

People cheer as they get a glimpse of George H.W. Bush's casket as the train rolled onto College Station on Thursday 

People cheer as they get a glimpse of George H.W. Bush's casket as the train rolled onto College Station on Thursday 

People cheer as they get a glimpse of George H.W. Bush’s casket as the train rolled onto College Station on Thursday 

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station

The journey through five small Texas towns should take about two and a half hours. It will deliver the casket from suburban Houston to College Station. Pictured: Bush in 2005 at the unveiling of the locomotive 

The journey through five small Texas towns should take about two and a half hours. It will deliver the casket from suburban Houston to College Station. Pictured: Bush in 2005 at the unveiling of the locomotive 

The journey through five small Texas towns should take about two and a half hours. It will deliver the casket from suburban Houston to College Station. Pictured: Bush in 2005 at the unveiling of the locomotive 

The flag draped over the casket will be presented to Bush’s daughter, Doro Bush Koch. As the hearse drove to the library, more than 1,000 student cadets lined the route of the motorcade. 

An honor guard carried his Bush’s casket down the steps of the special funeral train that arrived at College Station. 

George W. Bush and other family members stood on the Texas A&M University campus as a band played the school’s ‘Aggie War Hymn’ fight song.

As Bush’s hearse made its way from Houston to Spring, mourners lined the streets as they paid their respects to America’s 41st president on Thursday afternoon.  

Thousands stood along the tracks, as many of them held up their phones for pictures and watched from highway overpasses.

One of the first small towns to greet the train was Pinehurst, where Andy Gordon, took his 6-year-old daughter, Addison, out of school so she and her 3-year-old sister, Ashtyn, could witness the moment firsthand.

‘Hopefully, my children will remember the significance and the meaning of today,’ said Gordon, 38. In Addison’s hand were two small American flags. 

Young children wave flags and hold a 'thank you sign' as the train rolls pass on the route from Spring, Texas to College Station

Young children wave flags and hold a 'thank you sign' as the train rolls pass on the route from Spring, Texas to College Station

Young children wave flags and hold a ‘thank you sign’ as the train rolls pass on the route from Spring, Texas to College Station

Layla Perez holds a balloon with a message for George H.W. along the route where the Union Pacific funeral train will carry his casket

Layla Perez holds a balloon with a message for George H.W. along the route where the Union Pacific funeral train will carry his casket

Layla Perez holds a balloon with a message for George H.W. along the route where the Union Pacific funeral train will carry his casket

Crowds gather to watch the train carrying the 41st president to his final resting place on Thursday afternoon 

At one point, state troopers hovering in a helicopter ordered people to get off the tracks as the train approached 

People who turned out to pay tribute are leaving coins on the tracks to be flattened into keepsakes.

Fifty-five-year-old Doug Allen of Cypress left eight coins on the tracks before the train passed through the small town of Pinehurst. 

Bush was taken to his presidential library at the university, where he was laid to rest at a private ceremony next to his wife, Barbara, who died in April

Bush was taken to his presidential library at the university, where he was laid to rest at a private ceremony next to his wife, Barbara, who died in April

Bush was taken to his presidential library at the university, where he was laid to rest at a private ceremony next to his wife, Barbara, who died in April

The train left his three quarters, three dimes and two pennies flattened and slightly discolored.

He says he only thought of the idea a few moments before the train passed and his wife and her friend found the coins in their bags. He says: ‘It’s something we’ll always keep.’ 

A 54-year-old Texan who served in the US Air Force during ‘Operation Desert Storm’ is among the many people who turned out to watch the special funeral train carry former President George H.W. Bush to his final resting place.

Kevin Gulley, who lives in Cypress, traveled to nearby Pinehurst on Thursday to see the train carrying the casket of his former commander-in-chief.

Gulley wore a blue jacket with ‘U.S. Air Force’ embroidered in gold lettering on the back and had a button reading ‘Looking Great for ’88″ on his lapel. He said he wanted to pay his respects to Bush.

Gulley stood waiting next to his son’s former football coach, 56-year-old Bill Powers. The two ran into each other here waiting for the train.

Powers says, ‘It’s what he wanted because he wanted everybody to be together.’  

Bush’s family, who left St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston following a funeral that was attended by about 1,200 mourners, were joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bush’s longtime friend James A. Baker, country singer Reba McEntire, The Oak Ridge Boys, football player J.J. Watts and basketball player Yao Ming.

Baker choked up as he delivered a moving tribute to his friend, saying ‘he’s been my friend and he’s been my role model.’ Baker served Bush as White House chief of staff and secretary of state. 

Bush, who died last week at his Houston home at age 94, was eulogized Wednesday at a funeral service at the National Cathedral. By evening, his casket was at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston.

The train's sixth car, a converted baggage hauler called "Council Bluffs," was fitted with transparent sides to allow the mourners lining the tracks views of Bush's flag-draped coffin

The train's sixth car, a converted baggage hauler called "Council Bluffs," was fitted with transparent sides to allow the mourners lining the tracks views of Bush's flag-draped coffin

The train’s sixth car, a converted baggage hauler called ‘Council Bluffs,’ was fitted with transparent sides to allow the mourners lining the tracks views of Bush’s flag-draped coffin

Former president George W. Bush leads the rest of his family as they walk to the burial ceremony for George H.W. Bush

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried for burial by a joint services military honor guard at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum 

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried for burial by a joint services military honor guard at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum 

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried for burial by a joint services military honor guard at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum 

Bush is being taken to his presidential library at the university, where he will be laid to rest at a private ceremony next to his wife, Barbara, who died in April, and his daughter Robin, who died at age 3 in 1953

President George H.W. Bush's extended state funeral began its final stages on Thursday in Houston, Texas , with the second imposing church memorial in two days

President George H.W. Bush's extended state funeral began its final stages on Thursday in Houston, Texas , with the second imposing church memorial in two days

President George H.W. Bush’s extended state funeral began its final stages on Thursday in Houston, Texas , with the second imposing church memorial in two days

BUSH’S FUNERAL TRAIN: HE BECOMES THE EIGHTH PRESIDENT IN HISTORY TO HAVE HIS BODY TRANSPORTED BY THE LUXURY LOCOMOTIVE 

The train boasts of an opulent dining room, several lounges and even a business car lounge, capturing the glory of the golden era of railways. 

Bush’s funeral train was the eighth in U.S. history and the first since Dwight D. Eisenhower’s body traveled from the National Cathedral in Washington through seven states to his Kansas hometown of Abilene 49 years ago. Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train was the first, in 1865. 

Robert F. Kennedy was never president, but he was running for the White House when he was assassinated in Los Angeles in 1968.  

George H.W. Bush has begun his final journey today, as his casket will be taken by train 70 miles from Houston to Texas A&M in a clear-sided baggage car that hails from the golden era of railroads. The locomotive of the train was named 4141 and painted to resemble Air Force One 

George H.W. Bush has begun his final journey today, as his casket will be taken by train 70 miles from Houston to Texas A&M in a clear-sided baggage car that hails from the golden era of railroads. The locomotive of the train was named 4141 and painted to resemble Air Force One 

George H.W. Bush has begun his final journey today, as his casket will be taken by train 70 miles from Houston to Texas A&M in a clear-sided baggage car that hails from the golden era of railroads. The locomotive of the train was named 4141 and painted to resemble Air Force One 

The inside of the train boasts of opulent dining rooms, several lounges, sleepers and business lounges, capturing the glory of the golden era of railways. This car, named the City of Portland, served as a diner and was built in 1955. According to Union Pacific, it was nicknamed 'the Flying Banana' and the “Saffron Whiz,” due to yellow color scheme, which has since become a tradition for Union Pacific 

The inside of the train boasts of opulent dining rooms, several lounges, sleepers and business lounges, capturing the glory of the golden era of railways. This car, named the City of Portland, served as a diner and was built in 1955. According to Union Pacific, it was nicknamed 'the Flying Banana' and the “Saffron Whiz,” due to yellow color scheme, which has since become a tradition for Union Pacific 

The inside of the train boasts of opulent dining rooms, several lounges, sleepers and business lounges, capturing the glory of the golden era of railways. This car, named the City of Portland, served as a diner and was built in 1955. According to Union Pacific, it was nicknamed ‘the Flying Banana’ and the ‘Saffron Whiz,’ due to yellow color scheme, which has since become a tradition for Union Pacific 

This car was built by American Car & Foundry in 1955 as dome lounge No. 9009 and named The City of Francisco in 1993. It is the only dome lounge in the Union Pacific Heritage Passenger Fleet that is still configured for end-of-train service, according to Union Pacific 

This car was built by American Car & Foundry in 1955 as dome lounge No. 9009 and named The City of Francisco in 1993. It is the only dome lounge in the Union Pacific Heritage Passenger Fleet that is still configured for end-of-train service, according to Union Pacific 

This car was built by American Car & Foundry in 1955 as dome lounge No. 9009 and named The City of Francisco in 1993. It is the only dome lounge in the Union Pacific Heritage Passenger Fleet that is still configured for end-of-train service, according to Union Pacific 

The Overland was built in 1949 by the St. Louis Car Company as lunch counter cafe and lounge No. 5015. It was rebuilt as a 36-seat diner in 1988. It received a wood interior upgrade in 2005

The Overland was built in 1949 by the St. Louis Car Company as lunch counter cafe and lounge No. 5015. It was rebuilt as a 36-seat diner in 1988. It received a wood interior upgrade in 2005

The Overland was built in 1949 by the St. Louis Car Company as lunch counter cafe and lounge No. 5015. It was rebuilt as a 36-seat diner in 1988. It received a wood interior upgrade in 2005

RFK’s body was later transported to New York City for a funeral Mass and then taken by private train to Washington for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Thousands of mourners lined the tracks for the 200-plus-mile journey. 

Union Pacific originally commissioned the Bush locomotive for the opening of an exhibit at his presidential library titled ‘Trains: Tracks of the Iron Horse.’ 

It was one of the few times the company has painted a locomotive any color other than its traditional yellow.  

The Portola deluxe sleeper was built in 1949 as a 12 roomette and four bedroom sleeper cabins. It was remodeled in 1965 to be an 11-bedroom sleeper. It went through another remodeling in the 1980s and received a wood upgrade in 2004 

The Portola deluxe sleeper was built in 1949 as a 12 roomette and four bedroom sleeper cabins. It was remodeled in 1965 to be an 11-bedroom sleeper. It went through another remodeling in the 1980s and received a wood upgrade in 2004 

The Portola deluxe sleeper was built in 1949 as a 12 roomette and four bedroom sleeper cabins. It was remodeled in 1965 to be an 11-bedroom sleeper. It went through another remodeling in the 1980s and received a wood upgrade in 2004 

The Harriman Lounge was built in 1955 as dome lounge No. 9004. It was remodeled and named Harriman in 1988. This car received a full wood interior upgrade in 2006. The car is named in honor of American railroad executive Edward Harriman

The Harriman Lounge was built in 1955 as dome lounge No. 9004. It was remodeled and named Harriman in 1988. This car received a full wood interior upgrade in 2006. The car is named in honor of American railroad executive Edward Harriman

The Harriman Lounge was built in 1955 as dome lounge No. 9004. It was remodeled and named Harriman in 1988. This car received a full wood interior upgrade in 2006. The car is named in honor of American railroad executive Edward Harriman

The Lone Star business car was built in 1950 by Pullman Standard and was rebuilt in 1957. It was originally named for Native American Chief Pocatello, Shoshoni tribal chief who allowed Union Pacific to build railways across Native American territory into Idaho. The car was renamed in 2001  

The Lone Star business car was built in 1950 by Pullman Standard and was rebuilt in 1957. It was originally named for Native American Chief Pocatello, Shoshoni tribal chief who allowed Union Pacific to build railways across Native American territory into Idaho. The car was renamed in 2001  

The Lone Star business car was built in 1950 by Pullman Standard and was rebuilt in 1957. It was originally named for Native American Chief Pocatello, Shoshoni tribal chief who allowed Union Pacific to build railways across Native American territory into Idaho. The car was renamed in 2001  

 

The Kenefick car served as business car, built in 1950 and named after John Cooper Fenefick in 1988. The trainmaster rose through the ranks at Union Pacific to become VP of Operations and later president of the railway company 

The Kenefick car served as business car, built in 1950 and named after John Cooper Fenefick in 1988. The trainmaster rose through the ranks at Union Pacific to become VP of Operations and later president of the railway company 

The Kenefick car served as business car, built in 1950 and named after John Cooper Fenefick in 1988. The trainmaster rose through the ranks at Union Pacific to become VP of Operations and later president of the railway company 

The Overland diner was build in 1949 and used as a lunch counter cafe before it was rebuilt in 1988 as a 36-seat diner. It received its most recent upgrade in 2005

The Overland diner was build in 1949 and used as a lunch counter cafe before it was rebuilt in 1988 as a 36-seat diner. It received its most recent upgrade in 2005

The Overland diner was build in 1949 and used as a lunch counter cafe before it was rebuilt in 1988 as a 36-seat diner. It received its most recent upgrade in 2005

The Walter Dean lounge car was built in 1955 and named after a dining car waiter, who served Hollywood legends Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra. Dean also served President Harry Truman during his 'Whistle Stop Campaign' in 1948. Dean died in 1999, staying with Union Pacific even after passenger service ended in 1971

The Walter Dean lounge car was built in 1955 and named after a dining car waiter, who served Hollywood legends Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra. Dean also served President Harry Truman during his 'Whistle Stop Campaign' in 1948. Dean died in 1999, staying with Union Pacific even after passenger service ended in 1971

The Walter Dean lounge car was built in 1955 and named after a dining car waiter, who served Hollywood legends Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra. Dean also served President Harry Truman during his ‘Whistle Stop Campaign’ in 1948. Dean died in 1999, staying with Union Pacific even after passenger service ended in 1971

After a brief training session during 4141’s unveiling 13 years ago, Bush took the engineer’s seat and helped take the locomotive for a 2-mile excursion.

‘We just rode on the railroads all the time, and I’ve never forgotten it,’ Bush said at the time, recalling how he took trains, and often slept on them, during trips as a child with his family. He also called the locomotive ‘the Air Force One of railroads.’

The funeral train has been part of the official planning for his death for years, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said.

Union Pacific was contacted by federal officials in early 2009 and asked, at Bush’s request, about providing a funeral train at some point, company spokesman Tom Lange said.

‘We said, ‘Of course and also we have this locomotive that we would want to have obviously be part of it,” Lange said. 

He noted that trains were the mode of transportation that first carried Bush to his service as a naval aviator in World War II and back home again. 

After a brief training session during 4141's unveiling 13 years ago, Bush took the engineer's seat and helped take the locomotive for a 2-mile excursion.

After a brief training session during 4141's unveiling 13 years ago, Bush took the engineer's seat and helped take the locomotive for a 2-mile excursion.

After a brief training session during 4141’s unveiling 13 years ago, Bush took the engineer’s seat and helped take the locomotive for a 2-mile excursion.

The train's sixth car, a converted baggage hauler called 'Council Bluffs,' has been fitted with transparent sides to allow mourners lining the tracks views of Bush's flag draped coffin. Pictured: Workers prepare for Bush's departure ceremony on Thursday

The train's sixth car, a converted baggage hauler called 'Council Bluffs,' has been fitted with transparent sides to allow mourners lining the tracks views of Bush's flag draped coffin. Pictured: Workers prepare for Bush's departure ceremony on Thursday

The train’s sixth car, a converted baggage hauler called ‘Council Bluffs,’ has been fitted with transparent sides to allow mourners lining the tracks views of Bush’s flag draped coffin. Pictured: Workers prepare for Bush’s departure ceremony on Thursday

Bush, who died last week at his Houston home at age 94, was eulogized Wednesday at a funeral service at the National Cathedral. By evening, his casket was at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston 

Bush, who died last week at his Houston home at age 94, was eulogized Wednesday at a funeral service at the National Cathedral. By evening, his casket was at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston 

Bush, who died last week at his Houston home at age 94, was eulogized Wednesday at a funeral service at the National Cathedral. By evening, his casket was at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston 

View through the window of a train car that carries former American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's coffin towards its burial on April 14, 1945

View through the window of a train car that carries former American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's coffin towards its burial on April 14, 1945

View through the window of a train car that carries former American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s coffin towards its burial on April 14, 1945

George H.W. Bush will be taken by the train from Houston to Texas A&M's campus in College Station, which will be about a two and a half hour journey. Pictured: Locomotive 4141 outside the university's football stadium in 2005

George H.W. Bush will be taken by the train from Houston to Texas A&M's campus in College Station, which will be about a two and a half hour journey. Pictured: Locomotive 4141 outside the university's football stadium in 2005

George H.W. Bush will be taken by the train from Houston to Texas A&M’s campus in College Station, which will be about a two and a half hour journey. Pictured: Locomotive 4141 outside the university’s football stadium in 2005

Eisenhower was the last president to travel by train regularly. A key reason was his wife, Mamie, who hated to fly. During the 1952 campaign, Eisenhower traveled more than 51,000 miles and made 252 stops. 

And while he often flew, his wife rode the train the whole time, Union Pacific said.

Still, when Bush beat Democrat Michael Dukakis and won the presidency in 1988, both candidates used trains to make some campaign stops. Bush also occasionally traveled by train in 1992, when he was defeated by Democrat Bill Clinton, including making Midwest stops aboard a train dubbed ‘The Spirit of America.’ 

Bush was president from 1989 to 1993, navigating the collapse of the Soviet Union and expelling former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s forces from oil-rich Kuwait.  

 

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