FRA Emergency Order No. 33, Notice No.1

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued Emergency Order No. 33, Notice No.1: requiring the Blackwell Northern Gateway Railroad (BNGR) of Blackwell, Oklahoma, to cease operations of all trains, locomotives, and on-track rail equipment on any track it leases or owns, due to severe safety concerns.

The order follows several incidents, including derailments and dangerous crossings, indicating BNGR’s negligence in safety protocols and regulations. The FRA found numerous violations, such as operating unsafe locomotives, employing unqualified personnel, and falsifying records.

Read more on the emergency order here:

Jerry Charaska – Retirement



Congratulations to Jerry Charaska on his retirement! We are delighted to announce that Jerry will remain involved with AllTranstek in a consulting capacity. Thank you, Jerry, for your dedicated 23 years of service to AllTranstek! With a career spanning back to 1977, Jerry has been an integral part of the rail industry.

Best Practices for Rail Transportation Safety 2024

Join AllTranstek’s Gino Smith on Wednesday, January 10th, at 3:45 PM for a presentation on: ‘Best Practices for Rail Transportation Safety 2024’ at the MARS 2024 Winter Meeting. View the agenda and register below:

We look forward to seeing you there!