The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Advertisement
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
Advertisement
Texas A&M starting pitcher/relief pitcher Emiley Kennedy (11) hands the ball to starting pitcher/relief pitcher Brooke Vestal (19) during Texas A&M’s game against Texas at the Austin Super Regional at Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
Aggies’ comeback falls short in 9-8 loss to Longhorns
Luke White, Sports Editor • May 25, 2024

As the fifth inning drew to a close in Texas A&M softball’s Super Regional matchup with No. 1 Texas on Saturday, the Aggies found themselves...

Texas A&M utility Gavin Grahovac (9) throws the ball during A&Ms game against Georgia on Friday, April 26, 2024, at Olsen Field. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
Southern slugfest
May 23, 2024
Advertisement
Beekeeper Shelby Dittman scoops bees back into their hive during a visit on Friday, April 5, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
Bee-hind the scenes
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • May 1, 2024

The speakers turn on. Static clicks. And a voice reads “Your starting lineup for the Texas A&M Aggies is …” Spectators hear that...

Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
'I was terrified'
April 25, 2024
Scenes from 74
Scenes from '74
April 25, 2024
Advertisement
Farewell from the graduating Battalion staff of 2024
Farewell from the graduating Battalion staff of 2024
The Battalion May 4, 2024

4141 locomotive rides the rails one last time, arrives in College Station

The+historic+engine+Union+Pacific+No.+4141+arrived+in+College+Station+on+March+21%2C+2021%2C+where+it+will+depart+the+tracks+for+its+final+resting+place+at+the+George+H.+W.+Bush+Presidential+Library+and+Museum.

The historic engine Union Pacific No. 4141 arrived in College Station on March 21, 2021, where it will depart the tracks for its final resting place at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Today, the historic locomotive Union Pacific 4141 comes to rest beside its namesake, 41st President George H. W. Bush at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
The engine, painted to match Air Force One, pulled into College Station on Sunday, March 21, under a tarp while being transported by the U.P. No. 1943 locomotive “The Spirit,” named in honor of U.S. veterans.
Later this afternoon, No. 4141 will be lifted from the tracks by two cranes and driven by a 12-axle trailer to its final destination on West Campus.
“What a historic day for our community,” Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said in a System press release. “President Bush loved trains and we love everything associated with the legacy of President Bush. Congratulations to the crew at Union Pacific, our hauling contractor and everyone at the Bush Center at Texas A&M who worked to bring 4141 home.”
In February 2021, the Board of Regents donated two acres of university land to the George & Barbara Bush Foundation as a part of their planned multi-million dollar expansion to create a space for the No. 4141 engine and Marine One helicopter promised to A&M last year.
The blue and white locomotive led the Bush funeral procession to College Station in December 2018, bringing the former president to lay beside his wife, First Lady Barbara Bush, at the presidential library.
As a surprise for former President Bush, Union Pacific unveiled the engine in 2005, painted in Air Force One colors and thus renamed No. 4141 to honor the 41st president and his lifelong love of trains.
After the unveiling in 2005, Bush said if the locomotive had existed during his presidency, he “might have left Air Force One behind” and taken to the tracks as his mode of travel.

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *