A documentary set to premiere Sunday on the Discovery Channel will offer a glimpse into the train procession for the funeral of President George H.W. Bush.
The film will feature video footage of the train, the funeral procession and behind-the-scenes steps taken to prepare for the president’s final journey.
Uniting America: The President’s Final Journey, will premiere at 7:30 a.m. Sunday on the Discovery Channel. For those unable to view at that time, the documentary will be featured at 5 p.m. Oct. 1, on the Science Channel, and again at 1 p.m. Oct. 5 on the American Heroes Channel.
The film will feature footage of Navasota and College Station and include interviews from two train conductors who make regular stops in Aggieland.
“When you are an American company that was created by Abraham Lincoln’s pen, well, patriotism and presidents run deep,” said Scott Moore, Union Pacific senior vice president and chief administrative officer in a press release on the company website. “We have flags on the sides of our locomotives, and nearly 20 percent of our workforce is military veterans. It was our privilege to honor President Bush in a way that gave Americans from all walks of life the opportunity to do the same.”
Raquel Espinoza, senior director of corporate communications for Union Pacific, said that the railroad company have been preparing for years to meet the requests of the Bush family in regards to the funeral procession. Planning the 70-mile journey from Spring to College Station was a venture comprised of countless variables to consider and requiring an army of men and women to carry out.
“It was a very special mission for Union Pacific,” Espinoza said. “And it is definitely special to have the story told of the people who helped make President Bush’s train possible. We had hundreds of Union Pacific [employees] working to make sure every detail was handled and worked perfectly after years of planning.”
When the news hit Nov. 30 that Bush had died, Espinoza and her colleagues decided to film the final process of readying the train for the purpose of archiving this piece of history. Bush’s train is the first train used in a presidential procession since the 1969 funeral of Dwight Eisenhower. Shortly after filming the funeral, Espinoza arranged for video interviews to be conducted.
“We had the footage, we gathered it up and interviewed employees on the ground,” she said. “It took awhile to review all that, and once we were done and saw what we had, we were asked [by other company members] if we’d consider that all for a documentary that could be aired on television.”
For a trailer of the documentary, visit http://bit.ly/bushtraintrailer.