In 1961, 89 was purchased by New England seafood magnate and steam locomotive collector F. Nelson Blount and moved to North Walpole, New Hampshire, in the United States. 89 found a home in the former Boston & Maine North Walpole roundhouse and starting in 1965, would begin operating on the Green Mountain Railroad and would later be moved to Bellows Falls, Vermont. 89 quickly became Blount's favorite locomotive and he would often be found at the throttle until his death in 1967. It was purchased by the Strasburg Railroad in 1972 and it's been working at Strasburg ever since.
After withdrawal for yet another 1472 day inspection in Spring 2016, number 89 was given an overhaul which was completed in one and a half years. It returned to steam in September 2017, and now runs most of the passenger traffic on the line.