On 21st of April 1985 the Safocean Nederburg sailed into the port of Fremantle, Western Australia from Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Witnessed by a small gathering of WALRPA members who had taken the day off work, Two ex SAR NG15 2-8-2 steam locomotives – numbers 118 & 123 were unloaded from the cargo hold onto trucks bound for Whiteman Park.

On the 16th of July 1986 after much work, Ng 15 123 passed its boiler test, entering service on the BBR on the 21st of September 1986 when the Bushland Loop, Trade Village & Electric Trams were officially opened & launched. Ng 123 worked most Sundays and Public Holidays during the winter periods until the end of steam season 1995 when it was withdrawn from service for overhaul.

Ng 118 entered service on Enthusiast Day 15th October 1994. This day and the 1995 Enthusiast Day saw Ng’s 118 & 123 double heading on the BBR in what was a moving sight for those who had witnessed the delivery of these scrapped locomotives back in 1985

118 continued in use until 2003 when it also was withdrawn from service for overhaul.

Ng 123 returned to service on Mothers Day 10th May 2007 when it hauled its first passenger carrying train consisting of four coaches from Whiteman Village Junction to Mussel Pool station after 12 years out of service. It performed well throughout the day and was popular with visitors to Whiteman Park.

Ng 123 was removed from service in 2012 due to Ashpan and Boiler concerns.

Currently both 118 and 123 are out of service however it is hoped to have 123 up and running for either the 2017 or 2018 steam season’s.