Consulting & Inspection

Private Industrial Track and Short Line Track Inspections

When a railroad performs switching inside your plant, your track must comply with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) minimum track safety standards (TSS) (see FRA letter). DRA performs FRA-compliant track inspections of your industrial track or short line railroad with former FRA or Class 1 railroad trained senior track managers. After inspection, we furnish a detailed report and can provide a suggested maintenance program. We can also perform follow-up track inspections that measure the quality of a contractor’s performance. Don’t let the fox watch the henhouse! From our baseline inspection, we can develop a capitol improvement program for you, which saves you money by identifying unnecessary track repairs dictated by your railroad contractors. We have a cadre of reputable railroad contractors across the country that we can recommend to perform your track maintenance when necessary.

FRA 49 CFR Part 243 Submissions

DRA develops and submits to FRA on your behalf, 49 CFR Part 243 compliant training program submissions for all railroad disciplines. This rule requires most employers to conduct periodic oversight of their employees and develop annual written reviews of their training programs to close performance gaps. DRA already has an FRA approved “Model Program” for 49 CFR Part 213 Track Safety Standards, and programs for Part 214 and Signal and Train Control are being submitted to FRA for approval as Model Programs. You can adopt our Model Program and
immediately be in compliance or we can write a program based on your specific needs.

Quiet Zone Development and Implementation

DRA has experience in working with municipalities and has a team of former senior FRA managers and  professional engineers to help city and county entities establish Quiet Zones. The FRA final Train Horn rule provides an opportunity for localities nationwide to mitigate the effects of train horn noise by establishing “new quiet zones.” “No horn” restriction which may have existed prior to the establishment of the rule may be qualified to be “pre-rule quiet zones”.  In a quiet zone, railroads have been directed to cease the routine sounding their horns when approaching public highway-rail grade crossings. Train horns may still be used in emergency situations or to comply with other Federal regulations or railroad operating rules.  Localities desiring to establish a quiet zone are first required to mitigate the increased risk caused by the absence of a horn.  DRA can walk you through the entire process from start to finish.

Risk Management Audits

DRA performs risk management audits in all disciplines of the rail industry to assist you in performing your work safely and to prepare for FRA Audits, that minimizes your civil penalty risk. Our team, composed of former senior FRA and Class 1 railroad managers, examines your operation to help you prepare to minimize negative exposure, make properties safer, resolve FRA matters and craft responses to FRA and State agencies.

Railroad Project Management Oversight

DRA coordinates inspections with you and your railroad contractor to ensure quality control, define non-complying items and to review contract documents, FRA Track Safety Standards and recommended procedures to ensure compliance. We also make recommendations to help you achieve compliance and successful, on-time project completion.

Railroad Accident/Incident Investigations

DRA employs a cadre of former senior FRA and Class 1 Railroad managers to conduct investigations to determine the cause of accidents. Our rail professionals have independently lead major accident investigations and worked on NTSB teams to conduct high profile accident investigations. We can provide an independent analysis of accidents to minimize your liability and costs associated with railroad accidents.

HazMat Complete Compliance Programs

Whether you ship by courier, truck, rail, air or vessel, DRA provides a variety of tools that are
customized to meet your special needs. We conduct facility or terminal audits to assess the
current level of compliance and review exactly what your company needs to stay in compliance.

Our programs include services such as:

  • Annual Hazmat Registration
  • Development and Annual Review/ Update Hazmat Security Plan
  • Annual Facility/Terminal Hazmat Compliance Audit
  • Annual, Bi-annual or Tri-annual Training
  • SDS Review
  • 24/7 Q&A Support Services Hotline
  • Emergency Response Services
  • Regulatory Updates
  • Transportation Product Classification

HazMat Shipping Guide Preparation

DRA provides a simple way to help your company reduce fines from non-compliant shipments.
These individual product Ship Guides provide your shippers with the information and guidance
they need to feel confident their packages and documents are in full compliance. We help
provide peace of mind when it comes to shipping your hazardous materials.


Find out how we can help you with services customized to meet your unique needs.