A Union Pacific funeral train will carry President George H.W. Bush’s remains 70 miles from Houston to College Station. Bush will be buried at 4:15 p.m. Thursday afternoon alongside his late wife and daughter, on the site of his presidential library at Texas A&M University.
A state funeral and the related services and ceremonies will be held Monday in Houston, Texas and in Washington, D.C., then the remains will return to Texas for burial.
The funeral train will make the final leg of the journey, pulled by UP locomotive No. 4141 – named and numbered for the late president.
The locomotive was unveiled Oct. 18, 2005, during a ceremony near the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. It was only the sixth time that Union Pacific painted a locomotive in colors other than the traditional UP armour yellow paint.
The custom-painted locomotive incorporated the colors of the Air Force One used during Bush’s presidency and symbolizes national pride and strength. It bears the number 4141 in honor of the 41st president.
The locomotive’s rear panel features elements from Air Force One’s wings and tail, including the American flag and sweeping lines of forward motion representing progress. Since production, the locomotive has delivered shipments across all 23 states served by Union Pacific.
The locomotive measures 15’ 11” and weighs 420,000 pounds with a full tank of diesel fuel. Its fuel tank holds 4,900 gallons of diesel. It is equipped with a 4,300 horsepower engine and can travel up to 70 miles per hour, Union Pacific says on its website.