Thousands salute funeral train 4141 on ride to grave
He’s eulogized as ‘a beautiful human being’ with ‘the courage of a warrior’
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
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.