Pres. Bush's 4141 locomotive makes final arrival

The blue and white locomotive rolled into College Station Sunday as it prepares to park it permanently at the George Bush Presidential Library.

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- The iconic blue-and-white locomotive built in honor of Former President George H.W Bush has run the rails for a final time, as it arrived Sunday in College Station. Engine No. 4141 rolled into town under a large cover behind another special locomotive, No. 1943, The Spirit, which honors military veterans. The engine was scheduled to be lifted off the rails by two 500-ton cranes, placed on a large trailer, and hauled the short distance to Texas A&M's West Campus, where the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library is located.

The engine was donated by Union Pacific to the Library and underwent preparations for display over the past year. It was part of Union Pacific's locomotive fleet for nearly five years before it was retired in 2009.

The railroad had surprised the former president by painting it to resemble Air Force One in connection with a train exhibit at the Museum in 2005. After Bush died in 2018, 4141 was part of the funeral train that ran from Spring to College Station to carry his casket to the final resting place on the Library grounds.