About Dennin Rusk

Fred Dennin is the co-founder and President of Dennin, Rusk & Associates, LLC and has decades of experience in the railroad industry, including:  Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) track safety standards training, track inspector mentoring, trial testimony, depositions, accident investigation, risk management audits, confidential internal railroad safety and compliance, audits and the application of FRA regulations.

Mr. Dennin provides consulting and/or testifying expert services in railroad Track, Operating Practices, rules compliance, harassment/intimidation cases and the application of FRA regulations. He also offers technical consulting support from accident/ incident response through case analysis and report preparation including consulting and/or testifying expert witness services. In addition, Fred provides training in railroad Track Safety, Maintenance of Way rules, and Federal Railroad Administration regulations. He also conducts confidential operational and safety audits, assisting railroads both before and after FRA audit inspections. He also offers consulting services for the establishment of Quiet Zones.

Dennin, Rusk & Associates, LLC has an FRA approved Model Track Training Program and assists railroads in complying with the new Part 243 Training Requirements.

Mr. Dennin spent 30 years with the FRA, serving as Regional Administrator in Atlanta, GA, Deputy Regional Administrator and Regional Track Safety Specialist in Chicago, IL, and Track Safety Inspector in Toledo, OH and Indianapolis, IN. He also served as a member of the FRA Rail Integrity Task Force (RITF) from 2002 to 2006, was Senior Member of FRA Labor Management Committee (National Partnership Council /Contract Negotiations). As FRA Regional Administrator, Mr. Dennin served as the principal technical advisor to the Associate Administrator for Safety in Washington, D.C. and represented FRA on all regional transportation issues. He has made recommendations for the revision of national policies, programs, rules, regulations, standards, and procedures related to railroad safety. He also was the senior FRA representative in all regional accident investigations, including joint accident investigations with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). In addition, Mr. Dennin worked for both the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway and the Norfolk & Western Railway for 10 years before starting his career with FRA.

Mr. Dennin has successfully operated (Co-owner) a railroad construction, maintenance and contract track inspection service (1-800 RR Emergency), serving private industries from 2012 thru 2015. He still conducts monthly contract track inspections for Archer Daniels Midland.

Mr. Dennin is a member of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA), Midwest Association of Rail Shippers and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Cokes Chapel Child Care Center. He is a past member of the National Railroad Contractors Association (NRC), American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, American Association of Railway Superintendents, Chicago Superintendents Association, Georgia and Indiana Operation Lifesaver (Board Member), and Board member of Porter County Indiana Civil Defense and Southeast Rail Shippers Association.


Kenneth Rusk is the co-founder and Vice President of Dennin, Rusk & Associates, LLC, providing consulting in railroad track safety and training.
Dennin, Rusk & Associates, LLC has an FRA approved Model Track Training Program and assists railroads in complying with the new Part 243 Training Requirements.

Previously, Mr. Rusk was employed by the Federal Railroad Administration for over 20 years, serving the last ten as the Staff Director of the Federal Railroad
Administration’s Office of Railroad Safety Track Division. After graduating from Purdue University, Mr. Rusk began his railroad career with the former Illinois Central Gulf Railroad in 1975.  After holding increasingly responsible positions in the Engineering, Maintenance, and Structures Departments, Mr. Rusk accepted a position with the Illinois Commerce Commission, Railroad Division, in 1989, managing its Railroad Grade Separation Section.

Mr. Rusk joined the Federal Railroad Administration in 1994 as an Inspector in Minneapolis, MN.  He was promoted to a Regional Track Specialist and Deputy Regional Administrator in Atlanta before accepting the position as Staff Director in Washington, D.C. in 2005.  As Staff Director, Mr. Rusk managed the FRA’s Track Division and was responsible for continuously monitoring the Track Safety Standards and Railroad Workplace Safety regulations to ensure they appropriately address the current industry safety issues. He was also responsible for the appropriate interpretation of the regulations, and the consistent application of the regulations by the agency’s field inspectors and industry.