The locomotive was assigned as a switcher in Virginia City and around the Comstock Mines. In 1896, the engine was sold to the Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company in Truckee, California, and renumbered #3. In 1917, the locomotive was retired and stored in the Hobart Mills engine house for twenty years.
Having been let out, she was donated to the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Inc. and was restored to her original identity as V&T #21.
Today, No. 21 is on static display at the California State Railroad Museum, and restored to her 1880's-1890's appearance.
- It is the sole Baldwin 2-4-0 left in existence.
- The locomotive was featured in many films such as "Union Pacific" (1939), "Rock Island Trail" (1950), and "Wild Wild West" (1999) as the Jupiter.
- Between 1939 and 1940, the engine was present at the New York's World's Fair.
- It last operated in 1953, when the J. W. Bowker has been on display at the museum since 1976.