Du Plooy - Rail Operations Specialist - Johannesburg, South Africa

Michael Du Plooy

Johannesburg, South Africa


Rail Operations Specialist


Mike was involved with train operations for more than 37 years, from the design and development of rolling stock and routes to the management planning of trains, through execution of the business, right to the arrival at the end destination. He was involved in the management and planning of various types of trains in Africa such as Normal freight, Bulk freight, Iron-Ore and coal long haul trains. He visited many Africa countries during his term with Transnet.
Also did Rail Accident Investigations and worked closely with Rail Safety Regulator
Mike was also in charge and responsible for the management of all passenger trains in Southern Africa, and all over Border excursions. He was involved with Steam trains, Metrorail, the Blue Train, Rovos Rail and all other passenger trains. He managed the full spectrum of the rail passenger business such as the planning and management of trains on their full route in SA and into Africa.

Work History

Development / Development of Rolling Stock / Operational Control and Implementation

Safety Standards

(RSR) / Rules and Regulations / Construction development/ Project Management / Community Development

Mike du Plooy Consultants (2005 - 2012)
Consulting on Rail Development / Operational Development / New Businesses / Rail Safety / Planning new Routes / Transport Logistics / Commodity Trader (Oil / Fuels / Coal / Manganese / Iron Ore / Chrome) VIP Protection Services

Safety Management and Standards

Rail Safety Regulator

Rolling Stock, Infrastructure and Stations / Non Railways affecting Safety
Was the Steam Curator in charge of all steam passenger trains in South Africa from 1997 - 2007, and was responsible for all standards around passenger trains and the relation to Freight Services.
Currently working very close with the RSR in order to establish related standards as well as developing Heritage Standards for South Africa.

Private Investigator and VIP Protection

Undercover Operative

VIP Protection / Investigations / Fraud Investigations / Rail Accident Investigations / Forensic Investigations / Special Transport / Investigative Audits and reports.

Blue Moon (BBBEE) Director
Projects and Tenders Rail Related / Development of Pelgrimsrust Tourism Project Management.
24/7 (BBEE) (Director)Tourism Transport / Development of Entrepreneurs /Transport Logistics & Training / Training of people and staff for the Hospitality Sector / Blue Train

HRASA (Heritage Rail Association of SA - Section 21) Director
Member of Reefsteamers and WatervalBoven Steam Clubs / Steam Curator for SA.Preservation of Heritage & Steam related vehicles / coaches / locomotives (steam - Electric - Diesel) / Protection of Steam train routes / Writing of Standards. Consultant to the Rail Industry.

Operational Manager

Blue Train

Metro Rail / Manage all Shosholoza Meyl / Blue Train and private operated passenger services in SA including Steam trains
Freight / Planning / Management / Development of new Services & Routes / Implementation of New Services / Project Management / Fares / Station Development / Incident Investigations /Develope and Manage Rolling Stock and Locomotives strategic plans / Over Border operations (Mozambique / Zimbabwe / Zambia / Botswana / Namibia) / Heavy Haul Loads / Export & Imports.
Harbour imports and exports / Development of loading patterns / Shipping of general, bulk, containers, RO-RO, Cars.


Operations and new designs

Work on the Moloto Rail
Apple Express Narrow Gauge projects
Keirail Project master plan
Tenders for Kenia and Sena new rail

Qualifications & Certifications

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