One of the days it was taken out of service for repairs to her firebox and was replaced by C 864, but returned to service the following day. In 1992 W 192 was leased to the Ashburton Railway & Preservation Society for uses on their former Mount Somers Branchline at The Plains Vintage Railway & Historical Museum. In 1993 the NZR sold 192 to the Rail Heritage Trust of New Zealand. On 16 and 17 September 1995 the 'W' took part at the 1995 Waipara Vintage Festival held by the Weka Pass Railway. After the festival, it was returned to The Plains Railway. It was sent again to Waipara for the 1997 festival then repeated again in 1999. During the 1999 festival it developed minor boiler issues and only ran one trip to Waikari from Glenmark, but only ran in more minor roles. In 2001 it was transported to the Linwood Locomotive Depot from The Plains and placed into storage. On 7 October 2003 it was announced by the Rail Heritage Trust it would be on long-term loan to the Canterbury Railway Society for uses at the Ferrymead Heritage Park. It arrived during the same month just in time for the 140th Railway celebrations at Ferrymead.