Presidential Train

by Dale Kreifels

Presidential Train

George W. Bush, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (obscured), Barbara Bush, Mila Mulroney, wife of the Prime Minister and George H.W. Bush.

While working in Spring, Texas, in the late 90s, I had the opportunity to help with a special train that transported former President George H. W. Bush, from Houston to College Station, Texas, to dedicate his Presidential Library. The trip started at the old Downtown Union Station in Houston, now the sight of Minute Maid Stadium. The train traveled north on what is now the West Belt subdivision to the Palestine Sub to Spring where it made a brief "whistle stop," to greet the public and thank Union Pacific officials for train and the train ride. The train then turned west on the Ft. Worth sub and traveled approximately 80 miles to College Station. The Railroad took extra security measures to make certain the trip was safe and successful. This trip took place Nov. 5 1997, and George W. Bush was the Governor of Texas at the time and was also on the train, along with a special guest, the Former Prime Minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney. On Nov. 6 George H.W. Bush dedicated the Presidential Library and returned to Houston on the the same "Special Train."

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  • My dad (retired conductor R.E. Cunningham) was selected to be the conductor for this train. He has lots of cool stories about all the different people he met while doing this. I think the engineer selected for this was Dave Freeman (current MOP in Houston/Angleton).

    - Chad Cunningham a few years ago
  • There have been a lot of special trains through Spring Junction over the years that's for sure. I've been going there for over twenty years and have seen my fair share of what I call "Spring Junction Moments". It's so nice to see a variety of traffic still coming through in the age of GEVOS and crash 9s. Thanks for sharing this and also sharing who the crew was.

    - Andrew Bonniwell a few years ago