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