OMAHA, Neb: Union Pacific's "George Bush" 4141 SD70ACe that pulled the funeral train for former President George H.W. Bush will be touring the UP system in just a couple of months according to Union Pacific officials. This SD70ACe is one of a kind as it is painted in the same
scheme as Air Force One and numbered 4141 after the United State's 41st president, will be pulling freight throughout the Union Pacific system before making it to it's final resting place that will most likely be in a museum. At major UP terminals, like the UP Proviso Yard in Chicago, the locomotive will be on display for employees and their families. The locomotive will be accompanied by SD70AH No. 1943, "The Spirit" which is in a livery honoring U.S. armed forces.
Kristen South confirms that the locomotive will be "traveling to various Union Pacific facilities around our network to give employees an opportunity to see it firsthand. It was our honor and privilege to participate in president Bush's final journey, and to provide an opportunity for Americans to participate in that experience. While there may be future public displays, none are planned at this time out of respect for the late president and his family."
There is no schedule set for the tour yet. The first stop for 4141 was at Proviso yard on December 15th, and other locations the locomotive will visit on the tour include:
- Fort Worth, Texas
- Houston, Texas
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Los Angeles, California
- North Platte, Nebraska
- Portland, Oregon
- Saint Louis, Missouri
- Roseville, California
The locomotive pulled the funeral train from Spring to College Station, Texas. Following the funeral, the locomotive was sent to Omaha where it was on public display from Dec. 9 to 12th.