Bush 4141 makes stop in Natchitoches

Photo by Hannah Richardson, Jan. 7, 2019

The Bush 4141 train stopped for a while just outside the Times office on Hwy 1 South.  Lifestyle Editor Hannah Richardson and reader Frankie McDaniel snapped these photos of the engine.

Bush 4141 carried the remains of President George Bush from Houston, Texas, to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, where he was buried. It’s a rare locomotive that was commissioned to honor the former president in 2005.

By Frankie McDaniel

One of only a handful of Union Pacific trains to bear a color scheme other than the company’s traditional gray and yellow. It is painted to resemble Air Force One with a white body, a presidential seal and long vertical bars of blue.

By Hannah Richardson

The locomotive was removed from active service due to reduced traffic levels stemming from the financial crisis of 2007 to 2010 and was stored at UP’s North Little Rock, Ark., shop. 

By Frankie McDaniel

It was brought out of storage and sent to Houston Dec. 1 to participate in President Bush’s funeral, and it was on display in early December in Omaha, Neb.

Bush WAS the first late President to be carried to his final resting place by train since Dwight Eisenhower journeyed from Washington, D.C. to Abilene, Kan., in 1969.

According to Union Pacific, the bodies of Presidents Grant, Garfield, McKinley, Harding and Roosevelt and were also transported by trains as part of their final journeys.

It’s destination is unknown.

By Frankie McDaniel