This locomotive was designed to haul passenger and freight trains on the C&NW.
No. 1385 retired in 1956, and was purchased by the Historical Society of Milwaukee in 1961 for $2600.
The locomotive was in service for most of the 1980's and 1990's, doing excursions over large parts of the C&NW system, but was shopped for major boiler work in 1998.
Today the locomotive is being rebuilt as part of the locomotive's full restoration to operating condition.
1984: 1385 was used to haul the Golden Arrow excursion train.
1985: Hauled the Circus World Museum Train, on one occasion.
The locomotive was scheduled to participate in the 1993 NRHS Convention in Chicago by hauling a steam trip coinciding with a Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad excursion on July 25th, the last day of the event. The steam trip had to be cancelled when Midwest flooding marooned 1385, preventing it from reaching Chicago.
In 1994, the locomotive was seen leading an easbound passenger extra from Horicon, WI back to Granville, on the outskirts of Milwaukee city.