The locomotive from the train that carried the body of President George H. W. Bush made its way to Chicago Thursday afternoon. It passed through Cedar Rapids.
The train came into town around 3:30 p.m. The 4141 locomotive was behind two other diesel engines pulling a freight train.
Some people who were watching the train come through called it a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"I know I'm never going to say this again, but it's better than Christmas. It's better than opening presents on Christmas morning," said Gage Lacy, of Cedar Rapids.
CNN reports the locomotive has made shipments to all 23 that Union Pacific serves. C-N-N also says Bush is the first late president a train has carried to his final resting place since President Eisenhower in 1969.