A state funeral was held in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for former President George H.W. Bush, at the Washington National Cathedral, and a second funeral was held Thursday morning at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, where he and former First Lady Barbara Bush often worshipped.

However, the trip carrying Bush to his final resting place was taken by train on a two and a half-hour ride through small-town America on Thursday, where thousands of Texans stood along the train tracks, and at every crossing, in every town, paying their last respects.

People waving, holding flags, and just standing in respect all along the journey are seen in videos of the journey.

In one town, several school buses were seen parked along the road, and school children were all standing beside the road as they train passed by.

The train is powered by a specially designed locomotive, called “Locomotive 4141” and is painted to resemble the Air Force One presidential airplane.

ABC News reported: “Arrangements for his presidential funeral train took years of complicated planning, but one detail worked out just the way President George H.W. Bush would have wanted: the engineer and conductor are two veterans who served in the Navy just as he did.”

According to reports, George and Barbara Bush planned the trip themselves, arranging for their family to ride on the train. Their planning even included the meal that their family would be served aboard the train.

ABC News also reported:

The train will slow down when it passes through towns so mourners along the tracks can pay their respects. The car carrying the president’s remains was outfitted with transparent Plexiglass, according to Union Pacific, so people can see the flag-draped casket.

The presidential funeral train ride will be the first in almost 50 years, when a train carried President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s remains from Washington to his home state of Kansas.

 

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  1. A lifelong Republican, I left the Party because of the Bushes and unlike the hypocrites who program us to revere politicians and venerate those who pass, I refuse to do so.

    That said, the Bush family deserves all credit for producing the most beautiful and dignified funeral services I have ever seen. What a wonderful tribute to their father!

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