Train February 2019  The magazine of Railroading

In Brief


Presidential funeral train facts.

The casket of former President George H.W. Bush was carried by a Military honor guard in Spring, Texas as it is placed on a Union Pacific train.  (Associated Press)

Union Pacific NO. 4141 is a 2005 built SD70ACe painted to honor former President George H.W. Bush.  The railroad dedicated it in a ceremony at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A & M University.

Bush’s funeral consist included: No:4141 and SD70ACe No. 9096; UP power car City of San Francisco; Baggage car Council Bluffs, carrying Bush’s casket; business car Lone Star; dome car Harriman; diner overland; sleeping car Portola; diner City of Denver; dome car Walter Dean and business car Kenefick.  The trip lasted (2) two hours and (43) forty-three minutes.

Before Bush, DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER was the most recent U.S. president to have a funeral train, in 1969.  It traveled 2,804 miles from Washington, D.C., to Abilene, Kan., his hometown, over Chesapeake & Ohio, Baltimore & Ohio, Norfolk & Western and UP tracks.

The first presidential funeral train was for WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON.  It departed Washington on June 26, 1841, over B&O trackage and a succession of trains and boats to North Bend, Ohio.

New York’s Saratoga, Mount McGregor & Railroad was the first narrow gauge railroad to haul a funeral train.  It carried ULYSSES S. GRANT’S casket on August 4, 1885.



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