The railroad used the locomotive in both fast freight and passenger service on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad and accumulating over one million miles of usage before its last revenue run on December 24, 1953.
The city displayed the locomotive as a static exhibit in Coronado Park until it was sold to the New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society on July 26, 1999.
On June 23, 2000, the locomotive was moved by Messer Construction Company to a BNSF Railway siding just south of Menaul Boulevard. Subsequently, in May, 2002, the locomotive was moved by the railroad to its current location near the intersection of 8th Street and Haines Avenue where it is undergoing restoration to operating condition by the Society.
As of today the locomotive is undergoing restoration by the New Mexico Steam locomotive and Railroad Historic Society to operating condition.
The locomotive and a caboose were donated to the city of Albuqureque, NM in 1956 in recognition of the city's 250th anniversary, and placed in a city park.
When the restoration is completed, 2926 will be the largest operating 4-8-4 Northern type steam locomotive in the United States.