Locomotive Honoring President Bush Heads To Omaha



NEBRASKA CITY – The Union Pacific Locomotive No. 4141, which carried the body of former President George H.W. Bush to his final resting place, passed through  Falls City, Auburn and Nebraska City on Saturday.

Following a funeral mass in Houston, Bush’s casket, draped in an American flag, was loaded aboard the train car for a 70-mile trip to College Station, Texas.

The locomotive continued to Omaha, where it will be at Union Pacific’s Home Plate from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

It is expected to remain through Wednesday, but will be behind locked gates.

The custom-painted train was first unveiled in 2005 in a ceremony near the presidential library.

It incorporates the colors of Air Force One used during Bush’s presidency and bears the number 4141 in honor of the 41st president.

The locomotive’s rear panel includes elements from Air Force One’s wings and tail, Union Pacific’s website said, including the American flag and “sweeping lines of forward motion” to represent progress.

The train’s sixth car, a converted baggage car called “Council Bluffs,” was fitted with transparent sides to let mourners lining the tracks on Thursday see Bush’s flag-draped coffin.

Seven other presidents have had funeral trains, the last being Dwight Eisenhower in 1969.

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