George H.W. Bush's final journey as a casket is from Houston to Texas A & M

George H.W. Bush's final journey as a casket is from Houston to Texas A & M


George HW Bush's casket has arrived at his final resting place at Texas A & M this evening, after thousands of cheering and waving Texans lined the route of the special funeral train traveling 70 miles from Houston.The 41st President's son George W. Bush and his wife Laura , along with other members of the Bush family, watched somberly as a joint military honor guard carried his casket off the train. His flag-draped casket was wrapped with a plastic cover due to the rainy conditions. Bush's arrival comes after an emotional service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston on Thursday morning. The president of the Union Pacific train station in Spring, Texas, where a special funeral train, with a locomotive painted in the colors of Air Force One and named 4141, is a half hour to College Station. The train's sixth car, a converted baggage hauler called 'Council Bluffs,' was fitted with transparent sides to allow mourners lining the tracks views of Bush's flag draped coffin. George W. Bush was so moved by the thousands of Texans who have been told that he has been told, writing: 'Thank you for making 41's last ride so special. 'Bush was then a task at his presidential library at the university, where he was laid on a private ceremony next to his wife, Barbara, who died in April, and his daughter Robin, who died at age 3 in 1953.

George H.W Bush's casket has arrived at his final resting place at Texas A & M this evening, after thousands of cheering and waving Texans lined the route of the special funeral train traveling 70 miles from Houston

The 41st President's son George W. Bush and his wife Laura, along with other members of the Bush family, watched somberly as a joint services military honor guard carried his casket off the train

Bush is being assigned to his presidential library at the university, where he will be spent at a private ceremony next to his wife, Barbara, who died in April, and his daughter Robin, who died at age 3 in 1953

The hearse arrives for the internment ceremony of former US President George H.W. Bush at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at College Station on Thursday evening

Former president George W. Bush leads the rest of his family as they attend the burial ceremony for George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush's flag-draped casket was wrapped with a plastic cover due to the rainy conditions

Thousands of Texans braved the rainy weather to pay their respects to George H.W. Bush on Thursday afternoon as a special funeral train carrying his casket from Spring, Texas to Texas A & M. His son, former president George W. Bush, posted this photo to Instagram or him waving to the crowd, captioning it: 'Thank you for making 41's last ride so special'

The Plexiglass by Bush on the route through Texas

The funeral train is taking George H.W. Bush to the city where he'll be laid to rest. The casket of the 41st president is visible through large windows on the side of the train car

A young spectator waves an American flag along the route. President George H.W. Bush will travel aboard the Union Pacific funeral train

The train then embarked on his presidential library at College Station, passing thousands of people who stood along the tracks. Many of them held up their phones for pictures As Bush's hearse made way from Houston to Spring, mourners lined the streets as they paid their respects to America's 41st president on Thursday afternoon. Thousands stood along the tracks, as many of them were up to their phones for pictures and watched from highway overpasses.One of the first small towns was Pinehurst, where Andy Gordon took his 6-year-old daughter, Addison, out of school so she and her 3-year-old sister, Ashtyn, could witness the moment firsthand. "Hopefully, my children will remember the significance and significance of today," Gordon said, 38. In Addison's hand, two small American flags.At one point, state troopers hovering in a helicopter ordered people to get off the tracks as the train approached People who turned out to pay tribute on the tracks to be flattened into keepsakes.Fifty-five-year-old Doug All of Cypress left eight coins on the tracks before the train passed through the small town of Pinehurst. The train left his three quarters, three dimes and two pennies flattened and slightly discolored. He says that he is only in his pockets. He says, "It's something we'll always keep." A 54-year-old Texan who served in the U.S. Air Force during Operation Desert Storm is the special funeral train carry former President George H.W. Bush to his final resting place. Kevin Gulley, who lives in Cypress, traveled to nearby Pinehurst on the train carrying the former commander-in-chief.

The locomotive of the train is named 4141 in tribute to George H. W. Bush serving as the 41st President of the U.S.

The president is standing in front of an orange tractor

Following an emotional service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Bush was held by Spring, Texas, where a joint service of military honor was carried out.

Ryder Davis, 3, watches the memorial train for President George H.W. Bush passes through Pinehurst, Texas, atop the shoulders of his father, 27-year-old Matthew Davis, on Thursday

Steven Lowry, 7, picks through the rocks under the train tracks moments after the memorial train for President George H.W. Bush had passed through Pinehurst, Texas. Many people who watched the train took rocks or coins that were flattened by the train as keepsakes

Firefighters stand on their truck and salute along with other attendants on an overpass as the train carrying the president George H.W. Bush travels fits on the way to Bush's final internment

Proud Texans hero the Texas State flag as the special train carrying the 41st president journeyed from Spring, Texas to College Station following his service at his favorite church in Houston

People cheer as they get a glimpse or George H.W. Bush's casket as the train rolled onto College Station on Thursday

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station

The journey through five small Texas cities should take about two and a half hours. It will deliver the casket from suburban Houston to College Station. Pictured: Bush in 2005 at the unveiling of the locomotive

Bush is being assigned to his presidential library at the university, where he will be a private ceremony next to his wife, Barbara, who died in April, (pictured together in 2011) and his daughter Robin, who died at age 3 in 1953Gulley wore a blue jacket with 'US Air Force 'embroidered in gold lettering on the back and had a button reading' Looking Great for '88 "on his lapel. He said he wanted to pay his respects to Bush. Gulley was waiting for his son's former football coach, 56-year-old Bill Powers. "The former president's hearse was accompanied by the train station in Spring, Texas by Secret Service detail. Jim McGrath , a spokesman for the Bush family, says a Secret Service car is a travel from Houston to the city of Spring, where you will find a special funeral train that is headed to Bush's presidential library at Texas A & M University College Station.The 70 mile journey takes the Bush family through five small Texas towns is expected to take a half hour. McGrath says Bush's Secret Service will stay with him until 6am Friday. The train is expected to arrive at College Station. by mid-afternoon, and a private burial ceremony will follow. Joining Bush on his relatives, including George W. Bush and his family, who left St. Martin's Episcopal Church in H This was attended by about 1,200 mourners.Among those in attendance were Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bush's longtime friend James A. Baker, country singer Reba McEntire, The Oak Ridge Boys, football player J.J. Watts and basketball player Yao Ming.Baker choked up as he delivered a tribute to his friend, saying 'he's my friend and he's my role model.' Baker served Bush as White House chief of staff and secretary of state.

Young children wave flags and hold a 'thank you sign' on the route from Spring, Texas to College Station

Layla Perez holds a balloon with a message for the former. President George H.W. Bush along the route where the Union Pacific funeral train will carry his casket

Family members, including former President George W. Bush, were also aboard the train headed to Texas A & M University

People waved American flags and cheered as the number '4141' train passed by on the roughly 70-mile (115-kilometer) journey from the Houston suburb of Spring to College Station

Crowds gather to train the 41st president to his final resting place on Thursday afternoon

People of the hearse carry the flag-draped casket or former President George H.W. Bush heads to the Union Pacific train facility

Police on horseback salute as the hearse carrying the flag-draped casket or former President George H.W. Bush

Members of the Bush family place their hands over their hearts as they watch the casket of George H.W. Bush is carried on a special train that will take him to his final resting place in College Station

US Military cadets will be given as an honorary cordon as US President George H.W. Bush in College Station The inside of the train boasts an opulent dining room, several lounges and even a business car lounge, capturing the glory of the golden era or railways. Bush's funeral train will be the eighth in U.S. history and the first since Dwight D. Eisenhower's body traveled from the National Cathedral in Washington through his hometown of Abilene 49 years ago. Abraham Lincoln's funeral train was the first, in 1865. Robert F. Kennedy was never president, but he was running for the White House when he was assassinated in Los Angeles in 1968. RFK's body was later transported to New York City for a funeral Mass. and then tasks by private train to Washington for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Thousands of mourners lined the tracks for the 200-plus-mile journey. Union Pacific originally commissioned the Bush locomotive for the opening of an exhibit at his presidential library titled "Trains: Tracks of the Iron Horse." It was one of the few times.

George H.W. Bush has begun his final journey today, as his train has 70 miles from Houston to Texas and a clear baggage car that hails from the golden era of railroads. The locomotive of the train was named 4141 and painted to Air Force One

The inside of the train boasts opulent dining rooms, several lounges, sleepers and business lounges, capturing the glory of the golden era or railways. This car, named the City of Portland, served as a diner and was built in 1955. According to Union Pacific, it was nicknamed 'the Flying Banana' and the 'Saffron Whiz'. tradition for Union Pacific

This car was built by American Car & Foundry in 1955 as dome lounge no. 9009 and named The City of Francisco in 1993. It is the only dome lounge in the Union Pacific Heritage Passenger Fleet that is still configured for end-of-train service, according to Union Pacific

The Overland was built in 1949 by the St. Louis Car Company as lunch counter cafe and lounge. 5015. It was rebuilt as a 36-seat dinner in 1988. It received a wood interior upgrade in 2005

The Portola deluxe sleeper was built in 1949 as a 12 roomette and four bedroom sleeper cabins. It was remodeled in 1965 to be an 11-bedroom sleeper. It went through another remodeling in the 1980s and received a wood upgrade in 2004

The Harriman Lounge was built in 1955 as dome lounge no. 9004. It was remodeled and named Harriman in 1988. This car received a full wood interior upgrade in 2006. The car is named in honor of American railroad executive Edward Harriman

The Lone Star business car was built in 1950 by Pullman Standard and was rebuilt in 1957. It was originally named for Native American Chief Pocatello, Shoshoni tribal chief who allowed Union Pacific to build railways across the Native American territory into Idaho. The car was renamed in 2001

The Kenefick served as a business car, built in 1950 and named after John Cooper Fenefick in 1988. The trainmaster rose through the ranks at Union Pacific to become VP of Operations and later president of the railway company

The Overland dinner was build in 1949 and used as a lunch counter before it was rebuilt in 1988 as a 36-seat dinner. It received its most recent upgrade in 2005

The Walter Dean lounge car was built in 1955 and named after a dining waiter, who served Hollywood legends Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra. Dean also served President Harry Truman during his Whistle Stop Campaign in 1948. Dean died in 1999, staying with Union Pacific even after passenger service ended in 1971 After a brief training session during 4141's unveiling 13 years ago, Bush took the engineer's seat and help us take the locomotive for a 2-mile excursion. "We just rode on the railroads, and I've never forgotten," Bush said at the time, recalling how he took trains, and often slept on them, during trips as a child with his family. He also called the locomotive "The Air Force One of railroads." Bush, who died last week at his Houston home at age 94, was eulogized Wednesday at a funeral service at the National Cathedral. By evening, his casket was at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston. The funeral train has been said to be Bush's spokesman Jim McGrath. Pacific was contacted by federal officials in early 2009 and asked, At Bush's request, "Tom said." We said, "Of course we also have this locomotive that we would want to be part of it," Lange said.

The train rolled fits the flashing lights of fire trucks, some hoisting American flags from their ladders, and suits state troopers

The train's sixth car, a converted baggage hauler called 'Council Bluffs,' was fitted with transparent sides to allow the mourners to view the tracks from Bush's flag-draped coffin.

Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush walk to observe the departure ceremony as the flag-draped casket or former President George H.W. Bush

President George H.W. Bush's extended state funeral started its final stages on Thursday in Houston, Texas, with the second imposing church memorial in two days

James Baker, a long-time Bush confidant who served him as White House chief of staff and secretary of state, said the late president that 'he's my friend and he's my role model.' A tearful Baker embraced George W. Bush after his eulogy

Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the Bush family, says a Secret Service car is a journey from Houston to the city of Spring, where the casket will be placed on a special funeral train that is headed to Bush's presidential library at Texas A & M University in College StationHe noted that trains were the mode of transportation that carried Bush to his service as a renaissance in World War II and back home again. Eisenhower was the last president to travel by train regularly. A key reason was his wife, Mamie, who hated to fly. During the 1952 campaign, Eisenhower traveled more than 51,000 miles and made 252 stops. And while he often flew, his wife, Union Pacific said. Still, when Bush beat Democrat Michael Dukakis and won the presidency in 1988, both candidates used trains to make some campaign stops. Bush also occasionally traveled by train in 1992, when he was defeated by Democrat Bill Clinton, including making Midwest stops aboard a train dubbed "The Spirit of America." Bush was president from 1989 to 1993, navigating the collapse of the Soviet Union and expelling former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's forces from oil-rich Kuwait.

After a brief training session during 4141's unveiling 13 years ago, Bush took the engineer's seat and helped take the locomotive for a 2-mile excursion.

The train's sixth car, a converted baggage hauler called 'Council Bluffs,' has been fitted with transparent sides to allow mourners' lining the tracks views of Bush's flag draped coffin. Pictured: Workers prepare for Bush's departure ceremony on Thursday

Bush, who died last week at his Houston home at age 94, was eulogized Wednesday at a funeral service at the National Cathedral. By evening, his casket was at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston

View from the window of a train car that carries former American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's coffin towards its burial on April 14, 1945

The first president to use a funeral train was President Abraham Lincoln in 1865

George H.W. Bush will be assigned by a train from Houston to Texas A & M's campus in College Station, which will be a half-hour journey. Pictured: Locomotive 4141 outside the university's football stadium in 2005