COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - In 2005, the George Bush Presidential Library welcomed one of its largest exhibits. Union Pacific honored the 41st President of the United States with his own locomotive. The 420,000 pound train engine had a presidential paint job. The blue and white facade resembles the presidential jet Air Force One.
The '4141' engine will play a prominent role in the funeral for President George H.W. Bush.Click here to read about the president's last train ride.
At the unveiling, President Bush said if he had a train like while in office, he "might have left Air Force One behind." Mr. Bush told KBTX the train was a unique honor.
"It's a wonderfully emotional day for us it. It's a great day for Texas A&M and for the Bush Library and this train is going to go all across the country and I am very grateful to Union Pacific and Dick Davidson, my friend, for making this possible for us to have this unveiled here," said Bush.
"We asked them if they would do a locomotive decorated like Air Force one and they named it '4141'," said George Bush Presidential Library Director Warren Finch.
Finch said the train traveled down the tracks next to Wellborn Road and that President Bush actually got to drive it.
"Not many people get an engine dedicated to them, but the nice thing about it is it had George Bush Presidential Library Museum on it and Union Pacific actually put that locomotive in service for about a year or so maybe more. We would get video from all over the country of that locomotive," Finch said.
Over the last few years, the train has been stored at the Union Pacific Rail Yard in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
"It was great for us and Union Pacific was a great partner," added Finch.