Residents have keepsakes after leaving coins on Bush train tracks

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People who turned out to pay tribute to former President George H.W. Bush as a special funeral train carried his body to College Station left coins on the train tracks to be flattened into keepsakes.

Doug Allen, 55, of Cypress, left eight coins on the tracks before the train passed through the small town of Pinehurst. The train left his three quarters, three dimes and two pennies flattened and slightly discolored.

He says he only thought of the idea a few moments before the train passed and his wife and her friend found the coins in their bags. He says, "It's something we'll always keep."

Officials had to warn the excited crowds to stay off the tracks as the train approached on Thursday. At one point, a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter flew overhead and told people to get off the tracks.