UP 4141 honors President George H.W. Bush

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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President George H.W. Bush at the dedication of UP 4141. Union Pacific photo.

Union Pacific on Dec. 6 will participate in the funeral procession for President George H.W. Bush with a special funeral train powered by SD70ACe 4141, whose paint scheme honors the 41st U.S. President. The train will leave UP’s Westfield Auto Facility at 1:00 p.m. and is scheduled to arrive at College Station, Tex. at Bush’s final resting place at his Presidential Library, across from Kyle Field at 3:25 p.m.

UP 4141 George Bush Locomotive was unveiled Oct. 18, 2005, during a ceremony near the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Tex. This marked only the sixth time that Union Pacific painted a locomotive in colors other than the traditional UP “Armour Yellow.”

The custom-painted locomotive incorporates the colors of the Air Force One 747 used during Bush’s presidency “and symbolizes national pride and strength,” UP said. “It bears the number 4141 in honor of the 41st President. The locomotive’s rear panel features elements from Air Force One’s wings and tail, including the American flag and sweeping lines of forward motion, representing progress.

“Since production, UP 4141 has delivered shipments across all 23 states served by Union Pacific. The powerful locomotive continues to lead the way today, a fitting tribute to celebrate President Bush’s lifelong service to our country.”

See also this Washington Post story.

Additional information on the funeral train and the history of U.S. Presidents and the railroads.

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