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AUSTIN: Thou­sands waved and cheered along the route as fu­neral train No. 4141 – for the 41st pres­i­dent – car­ried Ge­orge H.W. Bush’s re­mains to their fi­nal rest­ing place.

Some peo­ple laid coins along the tracks that wound through small­town Texas so the lo­co­mo­tive pulling the na­tion’s first fu­neral train in al­most half a cen­tury could crush them into sou­venirs. School­child­ren hoisted a ban­ner sim­ply read­ing “THANK K YOU”. Mr Bush’s body was later loaded on to a spe­cial train fit­ted with clear sides so peo­ple could catch a glimpse of the cas­ket as it rum­bled by.

The train trav­elled to the fam­ily plot on the grounds of Mr Bush’s pres­i­den­tial li­brary at Texas A&M Uni­ver­sity.

His fi­nal rest­ing place is be­side wife Bar­bara and Robin Bush, the daugh­ter they lost to leukaemia at age three.

Pic­tures: AFP

FAREWELL: Peo­ple pay their re­spects as Ge­orge H.W. Bush’s fu­neral train passes; (in­set) his cof­fin in the glass-sided car­riage.

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