Thou­sands salute fu­neral train 4141 on ride to grave

He’s eu­lo­gized as ‘a beau­ti­ful hu­man be­ing’ with ‘the courage of a war­rior’

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD - BY NOMAAN MERCHANT, JUAN A. LOZANO AND WILL WEISSERT

COL­LEGE STA­TION, Texas — 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 on Thurs­day, his last jour­ney as a week of na­tional re­mem­brance took on a de­cid­edly per­sonal feel in an emo­tional home state farewell.

Some peo­ple laid coins along the tracks that wound through small-town Texas so the 210-ton lo­co­mo­tive could crunch them into sou­venirs. Oth­ers snapped pic­tures or crowded for views so close that po­lice he­li­copters had to warn them back. El­e­men­tary stu­dents hoisted a ban­ner sim­ply read­ing “THANK YOU.”

The scenes rem­i­nis­cent of a by­gone era fol­lowed the more somber tone of a fu­neral ser­vice at St. Martin’s Epis­co­pal Church in Hous­ton, where Bush’s for­mer sec­re­tary of state and

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Clear pan­els in the train car al­lowed the crowds to view the flag-draped cas­ket of for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush as it passed through Mag­no­lia, Texas, on Thurs­day. The train trav­eled about 70 miles from Hous­ton to Col­lege Sta­tion.

Ryder Davis, 3, watched the fu­neral train of Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush pass through Pine­hurst, Texas, on Thurs­day atop the shoul­ders of his fa­ther, 27-year-old Matthew Davis. Bush ac­tu­ally drove the lo­co­mo­tive a short dis­tance in 2005.

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