Union Pacific 4141

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Union Pacific 4141
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4141 on display at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in October 2005
Type and origin
Builder EMD
Order number20046610
Serial number20046610-115
Model SD70ACe
Build dateJuly 2005
   AAR C-C
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Trucks EMD HTCR-6
Prime mover EMD 16-710-G3 2-stroke diesel
Engine type V16
Cylinders 16
Transmission Diesel electric
Operators Union Pacific
DispositionRetired, to be placed on static display at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Union Pacific 4141 is an EMD SD70ACe diesel locomotive painted in honor of George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States. Its paint scheme is based on that of Air Force One, with lettering reading "George Bush 41". [1] [2]



The locomotive entered service with Union Pacific as 8423 in 2005, initially entering service in primer paint, similar to the six heritage units before they were unveiled in their respective paint schemes. On October 18, 2005, the locomotive was officially unveiled at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum; the road number 4141 was previously occupied by an EMD SD70M, which was renumbered 3778. The locomotive was displayed outside the Presidential Library for a while before it entered revenue service. Bush himself was allowed to operate the locomotive briefly. [3]

The unit was removed from active service in 2009 and placed in storage at UP's North Little Rock shop when traffic fell amid the financial crisis of 2007–2010. In 2012, the locomotive was removed from storage for a single round trip from North Little Rock to Chicago, then returned to storage. For a while, it was wrapped for long-term storage, but the wrapping was later removed. [4]

After Bush died on November 30, 2018, UP 4141 was brought out of storage and sent to Houston, Texas, on December 1, 2018. The locomotive participated in Bush's funeral train on December 6, running from Spring to College Station, Texas. [5] After the funeral, the unit was sent to Omaha, Nebraska, where it was displayed from December 9 to 12. [6] [7] UP 4141 later went on a system-wide tour, with stops in Chicago, Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, North Platte, Pine Bluff, North Little Rock, Ogden, Portland, Roseville and St Louis. [8] Following the tour, it returned to active service, in addition to being on display in other locations.

On November 8, 2019, Union Pacific donated the 4141 to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, where it will be on permanent display in the pavilion. [9] [10] The locomotive made its last run from November 8 to November 9, traveling from Houston to Palestine, Texas as part of the Southwest tour of the recently-restored Big Boy No. 4014. [11] Following its last run, it was taken back to the North Little Rock shops, where it will be prepped for display. [12] The George and Barbara Bush Foundation hopes to have the 4141 exhibit opened by 2020. [13] [14]

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