Full Steam Ahead For Train Auction

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Full Steam Ahead For Train Auction
Kristen Ross

The George Bush Presidential Library is getting ready for its Locomotives Parade grande finale. The Library has become a temporary home to these tiny trains in anticipation of Friday night's big event.

Warren Finch, the Director of the George Bush Library and Museum believes the trains have been a wonderful addition to the Brazos Valley.

"Trains are so important to this community. We thought what better idea for a public arts project than to create a locomotive, a fiber-glass locomotive and let the businesses buy them and paint them and put them all over the community. It worked very well, people drove all over the Brazos Valley, " said Finch.

The exhibit has drawn the attention of many out-of-towners such as Cheryll Helms.

"When we first walked in I was so surprised to see them," said Helms. "It reminded me of the cows that they had painted, but I think that these trains are great looking. There is two that I want!"

The trains will be making one final stop to a gala hosted by the library before heading off to their new homes full steam ahead.

Friday evening will be full of entertainment, which will highlight the locomotives and the artwork created by local residents.

"The night will include dinner, an auction, and a live concert by Clint Black," said Finch. "We're going to auction of all these locomotives to the community. They'll be available here at the library for the live auction and also available for a simultaneous auction on E-Bay."

For those who bid more than $2500, former President Bush will autograph their locomotive.

The proceeds of the auction will benefit future exhibits and education programs held at the Presidential Library and Museum.