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.