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Funeral train en route for Bush burial

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HOUSTON (December 6) —A special funeral train carrying the casket of President George H.W. Bush has begun its journey to College Station, where he will be buried during a private service in the family plot on the grounds of his presidential library. 

The number "4141" train that left the Houston suburb of Spring on Thursday afternoon was painted to resemble Air Force One. It will take Bush's casket, family and close friends through five small towns during a journey that's expected to take about two-and-a-half hours.

Bush's relatives, including son George W. Bush and his family, boarded the train from St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston following a funeral that was attended by about 1,200 mourners.

It marks the eighth funeral train 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.

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