Bush’s funeral train first since Dwight D. Eisenhower’s body traveled 49 years ago

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71-456-279 Funeral of Dwight David Eisenhower – Abilene, Kansas 2 April 1969 The funeral train arrives at the Union Pacific Station 2 April 1969

President George H.W. Bush’s funeral train is the eighth in U.S. history and the first since Dwight D. Eisenhower’s body traveled from the National Cathedral in Washington through seven states to his Kansas hometown of Abilene 49 years ago. 

Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train was the first, in 1865.

The number “4141” train that left the Houston suburb of Spring during a light rain Thursday afternoon was painted to resemble Air Force One

It will take 41st president’s casket, family and close friends about 70 miles through five small towns on a journey that’s expected to take about two-and-a-half hours to College Station, Texas. 

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