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Living history rolls in, to 'The Station'

Living history rolls in, to 'The Station'
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Posted at 6:16 PM, Nov 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-10 15:01:35-05

COLLEGE STATION, TX — A piece of history rolled into College Station this weekend, bringing train lovers from all around to the Texas A&M Campus for a look.

Lots of families showed up for a living lesson.

As the train pulled into "The Station," it seemed as if everybody in town ran to get a look.

As the sun went down, Heather Bernard and son, Jacob, went to take a look because the 8-year old just had to see the "Big Boy."

"Because they're big and loud and I never saw one just like this before," said 8-year-old Jacob.

As America came into its own, trains like this connected the country, the way 25 connects Central Texas, transporting goods, services and news.

Jacob's mom calls it, living history.

"Well, we wanted to see the old locomotive, so we decided to pack up, and come down here on this chilly night and see what this is all a about," said Heather Bernard.

A steady stream of curious folks came to see the engine that helped make America great.... all 132 feet and 1.2 million pounds.

The Big Boy didn't get here all by itself. It had help.

The George Bush 4141 did all the heavy lifting getting the antique train to College Station, giving people here even more reason to come out and pay their respects, because these engines represent two chapters of American history.

”We were in town, and we got to see the train when it came through carrying George Bush. So that was living history for him to see, and this is just another piece of that story,” said Bernard.

Now that story will live on with a new generation of train lovers, like Jacob, who came to see what oil and steam could do to move America.

"Because they don't make them like this any more," he said.

No Jacob, they sure don't.

The Big Boy & George Bush 4141, left "The Station" at 8 a.m. Saturday.