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President Bush's train -- "4141"

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President Bush's train -- "4141"

Postby PT7 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:21 am

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As reported today in the NYT by Manny Fernandez:

Mr. Bush’s funeral train will take him on one last journey through the state on Thursday, this time in a Union Pacific locomotive. The train, named Union Pacific 4141, will travel 70 miles through Magnolia, Navasota and other small towns, led by a 4,300-horsepower locomotive painted blue, gray and white in homage to the colors of Air Force One. Members of the Bush family will be on board.

Arranged for a man who had been America’s oldest living ex-president, Mr. Bush’s locomotive procession will give his long-planned memorial services a throwback touch, evoking the presidential funeral trains for Abraham Lincoln in 1865, Franklin Roosevelt in 1945 and Dwight Eisenhower in 1969. The train ride from his Houston funeral to his College Station burial was his idea, organizers said.

The train itself was unveiled in 2005. Mr. and Mrs. Bush toured it at an event held at Texas A&M, posing for pictures in which they peeked out of the window of the cab, above the side emblazoned with “4141.” Inside the cab, Union Pacific officials, including Mike Iden, then an engineering executive for the company, explained to Mr. Bush how the train operated.

“It was at that point that President Bush said, ‘Can I take this for a drive? Can I run it?’” Mr. Iden, now retired, recalled in a Union Pacific video. Mr. Bush, he said, climbed into the engineer’s seat and got a brief tutorial.

Then, for about two short miles, he took his funeral train out for a spin.
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Postby Henry88 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:00 pm

Wonderful story PT7
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Postby daytime dave » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:30 pm

Outstanding!
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Postby RudyN » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:53 pm

Thanks for the post.
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Re: President Bush's train -- "4141"

Postby Shakey Jake » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:19 pm

Here's a pic as it passed near Tomball, TX
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Re: President Bush's train -- "4141"

Postby PT7 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:50 pm

Thanks a lot, Jake.

Excellent photo of a special moment in American history.
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Re: President Bush's train -- "4141"

Postby Shakey Jake » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:10 pm

Here's another.
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