The engine was design to work for the J. Neils Lumber Company hauling log trains.
The locomotive was moved to the company’s operation in Klickitat, Washington in 1939.
The locomotive operate with merged with St. Regis Lumber in 1957 for only one year.
In 1958 No. 5 was retired and it was put in storage in an engine shed near Klickitat, Washington.
No. 5 used to operate on the Subsidiary Klickitat Logging & Lumber line in 1960.
The locomotive was purchased and donated by the Illinois Railway Museum in 1969 and it became the first steam locomotive to operate on the museum's mainline.
Today the locomotive is still at Illinois Railway Museum but it's in the steam shop for restoration works.
- This was the first steam locomotive that operate at the Illinois Railway Museum.
- At the end of the day on October of 1971, it tripleheaded with Commonwealth Edison No. 5 and Tuskegee No. 101.
- At the illinois railway museum it was design to haul a caboose train and sometimes freight and passenger trains.
- The shay didn't operate at the museum since 1999 because the locomotive was under an overhaul it will be back sometime in 2016.
- The restoration for No. 5 will be complete and it will be the first locomotive into steam in 2017 not 2016.
- In 2010 the museum was busy moving some of the 2 locomotives (Frisco No. 1630 and the shay) to rearrange some room in the shop.
- In 1990 the No. 5 was hauling a passenger train while it's decorated with tons of American flags.
- In 2004 it was put away in storage at Barn 9 alongside with the Frisco No. 1630.
- On October 29, 1967 No. 5 did the honors to haul the very first steam excursion.
- On June 15, 2016 No. 5 makes her first move on her own since September, 1999.