In January 2020, Union Pacific Steam Team executive Ed Dickens announced that the decision had been made to officially retire No. 3985 from excursion service, as the railroad felt they could only maintain and operate two historic steam locomotives at a time (Nos. 4014 and 844), in addition to the locomotive requiring a full rebuild as a result of poor mechanical condition. The announcement came first on Facebook and was later confirmed in an email newsletter. No further information about the future of the locomotive has been released, and the 3985 continues to remain stored at the Union Pacific roundhouse in Cheyenne, Wyoming.