Locomotive that carried body of President George H.W. Bush finds home in College Station

The No. 4141 locomotive, designed by the Union Pacific Railroad Corp. to match Air Force One in 2005, traveled through the North Houston area in December 2018 carrying the body of President George H.W. Bush to College Station. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
The No. 4141 locomotive, designed by the Union Pacific Railroad Corp. to match Air Force One in 2005, traveled through the North Houston area in December 2018 carrying the body of President George H.W. Bush to College Station. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

The No. 4141 locomotive, designed by the Union Pacific Railroad Corp. to match Air Force One in 2005, traveled through the North Houston area in December 2018 carrying the body of President George H.W. Bush to College Station. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

The No. 4141 locomotive, designed by the Union Pacific Railroad Corp. to match Air Force One in 2005, traveled through the North Houston area in December 2018 carrying the remains of President George H.W. Bush to College Station. Now, the historic locomotive is set to arrive this spring at its permanent home at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, the university system announced in a release Feb. 4.

“Texas A&M is proud to host these icons of the Bush presidency,” Chancellor John Sharp said in the release. “We do everything we can to keep alive the memory and accomplishments of this wonderful president and public servant.”

The train traveled the 70-mile route through communities such as Old Town Spring and the city of Magnolia upon Bush's death, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

The locomotive's new resting place is part of a multimillion-dollar expansion being planned by the George & Barbara Bush Presidential Foundation; the university system board approved leasing 2 acres of land for $1 per year Feb. 4 for a museum expansion, according to the release. The new area will also house a future exhibit area for a Marine One helicopter.

According to the release, Union Pacific announced in 2019 it would donate the historic locomotive to the presidential museum.


The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the museum expansion, according to the release, and delayed any public celebration associated with this year's arrival of the historic locomotive. The arrival date of the locomotive to the museum will not be announced for security precautions.

“Union Pacific is proud and honored that the UP 4141 is one step closer to being on permanent display at the Bush Library,” said Scott Moore, the chief administrative officer and senior vice president of Union Pacific, in the release. “President Bush's love of trains is well known, and we are pleased that we can be a part of honoring his legacy.”
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball | Magnolia & Conroe | Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball|Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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