Bushes depart on first presidential funeral train since 1969

  • Workers prepare for a departure ceremony of the casket of former President George H.W. Bush at Union Pacific Westfield auto facility Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Spring. The president’s casket and family will travel on a train pulled by a customized locomotive called the “4141,” painted with the colors that adorn Air Force One. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

  • Workers prepare for a departure ceremony of the casket of former President George H.W. Bush at Union Pacific Westfield auto facility Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Spring. The Plexiglass door, right, will allow the public to see Bush’s casket as it hauled on the route. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

  • Workers prepare for a departure ceremony of the casket of former President George H.W. Bush at Union Pacific Westfield auto facility Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Spring. The Plexiglass door, right, will allow the public to see Bush’s casket as it hauled on the route. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2005, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara wave out the window of a new locomotive numbered 4141 in honor of the 41st president at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The 4,300-horsepower machine will carry Bush’s remains Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, to his final resting place. The locomotive is traveling from suburban Houston about 70 miles (113 kilometers) to College Station, where Bush will be buried at his presidential library. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2005, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, tour a new locomotive numbered 4141 in honor of the 41st president at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The 4,300-horsepower machine will carry Bush’s remains Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, to his final resting place. The locomotive is traveling from suburban Houston about 70 miles (113 kilometers) to College Station, where Bush will be buried at his presidential library. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2005, file photo, a new locomotive numbered 4141 in honor of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, is unveiled at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The locomotive unveiled for the special exhibit at George H.W. Bush’s presidential library will be used to pull the late president’s funeral train. The 4,300-horsepower machine will carry Bush’s remains Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, to his final resting place at his presidential library. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

SPRING, Texas — The locomotive was painted to resemble Air Force One, but George H.W. Bush joked that if it had been around during his presidency, he may have preferred to ride the rails rather than take to the skies.

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