Bush funeral train attracting media attention

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Union Pacific No. 4141, the George H.W. Bush unit, leads a southbound train through Fort Worth, Texas, on July 4, 2008. The locomotive will lead Thursday's funeral train for former President Bush.
Steve Schmollinger

The funeral train for President George H.W. Bush is a rare moment when railroads and railroading are in the general media spotlight. While the train figures to receive more attention as Thursday’s move approaches, here’s a look at some of the early coverage of the President’s final trip by rail:

ABC 13 TV in Houston has footage of the locomotive painted to honor the former President, No. 4141, arriving in Houston, and spoke with one of the people at Union Pacific who helped create the specially painted engine.

— The Washington Post draws parallels between the plans for President Bush and other presidents who have had funeral trains.

CNN focuses on the engine it says was built (rather than painted) specifically to honor Bush.

The Eagle of Bryan, Texas, which serves College Station, has details on plans for the train’s arrival and the services at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Trains News Wire will continue to follow preparations for the funeral train and offer special coverage on Thursday.

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