This locomotive was designed to worked as a switch engine and haul freight trains for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway to tackle steep grades on Raton Pass on the Colorado-New Mexico border.
The locomotive began in service in October of 1880 and stayed on Raton Pass for the next twenty years, renumbered #912 in 1898 and #2414 in 1900.
It worked there until 1939 when, after nearly sixty years of service, it was to be scrapped. However, identified as AT&SF's oldest surviving locomotive, it was saved and refurbished as a 2-8-0 in 1940-1941 for static display.
Renumbered #132, the locomotive became a corporate symbol for the AT&SF, and was spared the WWII scrap drives that decimated many steam locomotives. In 1950, it was overhauled and returned to operation as #1 and named "Cyrus K. Holliday" in honour of the founder of the AT&SF.
Today the locomotive is on static display at The Kansas Museum of History in Topeka, Kansas.
- No. 132, is the oldest surviving steam locomotive from the AT&SF.
- Occasionally, the locomotive appeared in films, as well as in an episode of the television series "Gunsmoke".
- When the locomotive went back in operation in 1950 It received a new tender and two 1880's coaches and steamed at local celebrations, fairs and other events.
- When the two coaches that the locomotive was coupled to from 1950 they were on static display also These have been restored to their appearance as a 1920's drover's car and a 1910's division superintendent's car.
- In 1977, the AT&SF made a commitment to donate #132 to the Kansas Historical Society for display at the Kansas Museum of History, then in the planning stages.
- This was the largest and heaviest locomotive constructed up to that time, and its success convinced the AT&SF to order ten more 2-8-0s for service over the pass.
- In February 1983, #132 was finally hauled by flatbed to the museum, although it was then still largely a construction site, and moved into place.
- As more powerful locomotives arrived, #132 was redesignated to yard duties and, in 1923, was assigned to the Argentine Yards in Kansas City as an 0-8-0.