Regents donate acreage for historic prepare and later touchdown of Marine One
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The historic Union Pacific No. 4141 Engine, a locomotive painted to match Air Drive One, will arrive right here this spring for a everlasting dwelling on the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
On Thursday The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents authorized $1 per-year lease, primarily donating two acres to develop the grounds of the museum. Finally the acreage will home an exhibit space for a Marine One helicopter in addition to the locomotive. They’re to be a part of a multi-million greenback growth being deliberate by the George & Barbara Bush Presidential Basis.
“Texas A&M is proud to host these icons of the Bush presidency,” stated Chancellor John Sharp. “We do every thing we will to maintain alive the reminiscence and accomplishments of this excellent president and public servant.”
No. 4141 Engine led the Bush funeral prepare from Houston to College Station in December 2018, when the previous president was laid to relaxation right here alongside First Girl Barbara Bush.
A 12 months later, Union Pacific introduced it will donate the locomotive to the museum. The railroad had shocked Bush in 2005 by portray it to resemble Air Force One in reference to a prepare exhibit there.
Former CEO of Union Pacific Dick Davidson was instrumental in creation of No. 4141. He and his spouse Trish have made a big lead present to jumpstart personal fund-raising for the museum growth.
“It’s becoming this vital piece of historical past will now make its everlasting dwelling on the Bush Middle at Texas A&M,” stated Max Angerholzer, CEO, George & Barbara Bush Basis. “The prepare meant the world to President Bush. We’re grateful to your complete Union Pacific group, particularly Chairman and CEO Lance Fritz, for this particular present.”
The COVID 19 pandemic has slowed plans related to the museum growth, which is anticipated to additionally embrace new assembly area and a restaurant. Basis officers need to full the venture in time for a celebration they plan in 2024 for the one hundredth anniversary of Bush’s beginning.
Pandemic-related precautions will delay any public celebration related to this spring’s arrival of No. 4141 Engine. Attributable to safety precautions, the arrival date is not going to be introduced.
The arrival of Marine One is additional sooner or later, Angerholzer stated. Marine One is the decision signal for any Marine Corps helicopter carrying the president. Among the helicopters are being retired, which takes a number of months partly to take away the labeled expertise aboard.
A Love For Trains
In 2005 Bush stated that if No. 4141 Engine had been round throughout his presidency, “I may need left Air Drive One behind” and ridden the rails extra usually.
He had recalled fondly driving and sleeping on trains as a boy. Trains additionally carried Bush to his service as a naval aviator in World Conflict II and again dwelling. He additionally used trains for “whistle cease” marketing campaign occasions throughout his presidential runs in 1988 and 1992.
“Union Pacific is proud and honored that the UP 4141 is one step nearer to being on everlasting show on the Bush Library,” stated Scott Moore, the Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President of Union Pacific. “President Bush’s love of trains is well-known and we’re happy that we might be part of honoring his legacy.”
To view further photographs go to https://www.tamus.edu/bush-museum-readies-for-spring-arrival-of-up-no-4141-engine.
Concerning the George & Barbara Bush Basis
The George & Barbara Bush Basis is devoted to preserving the historic legacies of service finest exemplified by President and Mrs. Bush via the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Bush Faculty of Authorities and Public Service. Discover out extra concerning the museum growth and learn how to donate at: georgeandbarbarabush.org/up-4141/