George H.W. Bush's final day of mourning ends with ride on train
8:00 AM, Dec 6, 2018
5:44 PM, Dec 6, 2018
Bush's journey to his final resting place was aboard a train whose engine was specifically built to honor his life.
After a funeral route that took the late President by plane from Houston to Washington D.C. and back again, a Union Pacific train led by a locomotive dubbed the "Bush 4141" carried him to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.
Since it was built, the 4141 George Bush locomotive has delivered shipments across all 23 states served by Union Pacific, the company said.
The late president once operated the locomotive himself. Retired Union Pacific General Director Mike Iden said that while touring the locomotive after its unveiling in 2005, Bush paused in the conductor's cab.
"It was at that point, President Bush said, 'Can I take this for a drive?'" Iden said. With a little training and a lot of supervision, President Bush then operated his namesake train for about two miles.
On Thursday, his casket rested in a car pulled by the locomotive during his nearly 100-mile final journey from suburban Houston to College Station. The trip took about two and a half hours.