The locomotive spent years working on the Western Pacific Railroad hauling passenger trains and in freight service as well.
When it was retired in 1953, the Western Pacific dieselized and they sold her to the Southern Pacific railroad for spare parts, but they kept the tender and converted it into a steam generator for the rotary snowplows.
Today, the tender is stored at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, California but the engine was scrapped in 1958.
The locomotive ran with or without the "elephant ear" style smoke deflectors.The reason why the tender avoided scrapping was because the SP converted it to a steam generator for a rotary snowplow.
The locomotive is one of six GS-6s built for the Western Pacific Railroad.
The tender of the locomotive is the only remaining tender from the Western Pacific's GS-6 series.