Sierra No. 3 was removed from service in 1996, pending major repairs, and was returned to service on July 3, 2010 at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, California.
In 1929, Sierra No. 3 appeared in The Virginian with Gary Cooper, the very first film production filmed outside of a Hollywood sound stage.
The locomotive has also appeared in: High Noon, The Great Race, Bound for Glory, Back to the Future Part III, Unforgiven, and dozens of TV shows, which include The Lone Ranger, Petticoat Junction, Rawhide, Death Valley Days, Lassie, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and Little House on the Prairie.
She starred in the 1950 film Wyoming Mail as Union Pacific Railroad #3.
She appeared in the 1958 western film Man of the West as Fort Worth & Chihuahua Railroad #3.
It appeared as Yosemite Valley Railroad #27 in the 1996 film Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day.
Her whistle was used for the locomotive in "The Polar Express".