U.S. Sugar operated its fleet of steam locomotives into the early 1960s, at which point they were replaced by more efficient diesel-electric locomotives. While locomotive Nos. 113 and 153 were donated to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, engine No. 148 was sold by U.S. Sugar to Mr. Sam Freeman in 1969, after which time he transported the locomotive to New Jersey for operation on the Black River & Western Railroad (BR&W). It operated at the BR&W from 1971 until 1973, when it was moved to New Hope & Ivyland Railroad for boiler and mechanical work.
After this overhaul, No. 148 operated across multiple tourist railroad lines in New Jersey. Upon the death of Mr. Freeman in 1982, No. 148 was donated to the Connecticut Valley Railroad Museum, but due to the extensive cost required to return the locomotive to operation, it was sold to a private party in 1988. This resulted in the locomotive being transported to Michigan in the early 1990s, and after being sold to another owner, it was shipped to Monte Vista, Colorado, in 2005.
After being purchased by U.S. Sugar for restoration to operation in 2016 and returned to service in 2020.