Following the funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush, his casket will be placed onto a Union Pacific train pulled by a locomotive specially designed in his honor.
Nebraska based Union Pacific Chief Administrative Officer Scott Moore says this locomotive was unveiled in 2005 and is named the “George Bush 4141”.
Moore says, “This particular train trip is a great opportunity for people across the country to say their final goodbyes. Being led by the Bush 4141 locomotive is a great tribute to the man and we are glad to be part of it.”
The train was unveiled in 2005 at Texas A&M University. Former U-P Engineer Mike Iden was there and spent some time with President Bush. Iden remembers talking with the former president about the locomotive and how it worked. That is when President Bush asked if he could take it for a ride and run it.
Iden says, “We made the decision to bring him into the engineer seat and gave him a little training. Of course our engineer was directly behind him but at that point the former president operated the locomotive for about two miles.”
The locomotive is painted in the colors of Air Force One and was specifically designed to carry the former president on his final ride.