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Bush’s Body Leaves Washington Aboard Train


Late president transported in style

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  • For the first time in 49 years, the body of a U.S. president has left Washington’s National Cathedral aboard a train.
  • Unveiled in a 2005 ceremony attended by George H.W. Bush, the 4,300 horse power locomotive was named after the late 41st president and painted to resemble Air Force One. It will travel through five towns before it reaches Texas A&M University.
  • Bush is the eighth president in history whose body has been transported by rail. The first was Abraham Lincoln in 1865, and the most recent was Calvin Coolidge in 1969.


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For many, the death of George H.W. Bush last Friday marked the end of an era, made even more evident by the 41st president’s decision to incorporate a funeral train into his state funeral—a tradition that began with President Abraham Lincoln for the first time and did not occur in 49 years.

“I might have left Air Force One behind,” Bush said at the 2005 revelation of “4141,” a locomotive painted to look like Air Force One. According to the Associated Press, the train was created in honor of the former president.

Following a funeral service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas on Thursday, the 41st president’s remains will be transported by “4141” to College Station. From there, his coffin will be taken to the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum at Texas A&M University, where he will be buried next to his late wife, Barbara Bush, and their daughter Robin, who passed away in 1953 at the age of three. The train procession, which will last about two-and-a-half hours, will include friends and family, per the AP.

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