2014 Field Trip

June 1-4, 2014

An RTA First! This year's field trip will be in conjunction with the RailTEC Tie Symposium at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. This year the Field Trip will be open to both RTA members and non-members to allow for more railroad participation in the RTA portion of the event. See the agenda for some remarkable stops we have planned. This should be an exciting and informative Field Trip!

See the article in Railway Age

June 1st-4th 2014

Registration RTA Field Trip and RailTEC Tie Symposium

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Sunday,June 1, 2014           

Reception at Hyatt House Hotel in Schaumburg, IL.  Committee meeting will take place prior to the reception.  Since Schaumburg is a NW suburb of Chicago, best bet is to fly into O’Hare Airport.  You will want to fly out of the Urbana-Champaign (CMI) area, though, since the bus will not be taking anyone back to Chicago. CMI has flights to O'Hare and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Monday, June 2, 2014         

7:30 am          Belt Railway of Chicago – Clearing Hump Yard
9:30 am          Canadian National Kirk Yard - Gary, Indiana 
11:00 am        A&K Railroad Materials – Gary, IN
1:30 pm         Koppers – Creosote facility in Stickney   
4:30 pm         Return to hotel in Schaumburg
Tuesday, June 3, 2014  

9:30 am          River City Hardwoods - Muscatine, IA 
11:15 pm        Koppers Manufacturing Facility - Galesburg, IL 
12:15 pm        Lunch at the Koppers Plant
2:30 pm          Corsaw Lumber - Smithfield, IL 
5:00 pm          Arrive at hotel in Champaign
5:30 pm          UIUC RailTEC Reception at 5:30 pm

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 

RailTEC Tie Symposium

8:15-9:15         Breakfast and Symposium Registration (UIUC Yeh Center Atrium, 1st floor)     	
9:15-9:45         Travel from Yeh Center to RailTEC Research and Innovation Laboratory
9:45-10:30      	Tour RailTEC Research and Innovation Laboratory
10:30-11:00    	Travel from RailTEC Research and Innovation Laboratory to UIUC Wood Engineering Laboratory
11:40-12:00    	UIUC Wood Engineering Laboratory Tour
12:00              	Arrive at Illinois Terminal in Champaign, IL for lunch
1:30-5:30        	RTA Sponsored Wood Tie Symposium Presentations for RailTEC
6:30-7:30        	Reception at UIUC’s Memorial Stadium – Sponsored by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
7:30               	 Keynote Dinner at UIUC’s Memorial Stadium



Click Here for the Crossties article about the 2013 Field Trip to Texas

Photos from the 2013 RTA Field Trip in and around Houston: Group photo by Marion Brown of Lufkin Creosoting. Bottom photos left to right: Day 1 visit to Woodville Hardwoods, Day 3 visit to the Union Pacific railroad bridge in Freeport, Day 3 visit to NASA in Houston.