2017 Field Trip Registration Open Early 2017


2017 Field Trip

Dates and place to be determined


Click here for the interactive form you can email or fax



2016 Field Trip Recap:

Sunday/June 5, 2016

3:00-5:00 pm   R&D Committee Meeting at Hotel
5:00-5:30 pm   MSHS Committee Meeting at Hotel
5:30-7:00 pm   Reception at Red Lion Hotel East in Harrisburg, PA.                    

Monday/June 6, 2016          

6:00 am           Breakfast at Hotel
7:00 am           Depart Hotel 
9:00 am           Visit NS Locomotive Shop in Altoona
11:00 am         Drive to Stella-Jones DuBois plant
12:30 pm         Lunch, then tour Stella-Jones Plant
2:30 pm           Depart for Harrisburg
5:00 pm           Arrive back at hotel in Harrisburg

Tuesday/June 7, 2016         

6:00 am           Breakfast at Hotel
6:30 am           Depart Hotel
8:00 am           Rosenberry Brothers Lumber Company in Fannettsburg, PA
9:45 am           Mellott Wood Preserving in Needmore, PA
11:30 am         Lunch at Mellott
12:15 pm         Depart for Gettysburg
1:45 pm           Stop at Historic Gettysburg National Military Park
5:30 pm           Arrive Hotel

Wednesday/June 8, 2016    

6:00 am          Breakfast at Hotel
6:30 am          Depart Hotel
7:00 am          Arrive at ArcelorMittal Steel Mill in Steelton, PA
10:30 am        Drive to the Koppers Muncy plant
12:00 pm        Lunch at Koppers Plant
2:30 pm          Depart for Harrisburg         
4:15-5:00 pm  Drop off at airport or hotel 

welcome sign  

group ohoto

 treatment plantLocomotiveGettysburg

2015 Field Trip Recap:

See Crossties Magazine for the full story

Sunday/May 31, 2015
R&D Committee Meeting at Hotel
MSHS Committee Meeting at Hotel
Reception at Marriott Birmingham in Birmingham, AL.
Chris Isaacson (Executive VP of Alabama Forestry Association) gave a short presentation

Monday/June 1, 2015

Toured IndustTREE Tie Sawmill Nixburg, AL
Toured Stella-Jones Clanton, Al plant
Cahaba Lake Retreat for lunch (Cahaba Sponsored)
Toured Cahaba Industries Treating Plant
Toured Stella-Jones Montevallo Plant

Tuesday/June 2, 2015

Arrive MSU Forest Products Research Facility (w/presentation) Starkville, MS 
Toured RTA-AWPRP Test Site for site visit
FPR Tour and Presentation with Lunch sponsored by MSU FPR
Toured MSU Dairy Manufacturing Facility

Wednesday/June 3, 2015

Toured Norfolk-Southern Intermodal Yard McCalla, AL
Depart for RR Day-on-the-Hill in Washington, DC



An RTA First! 2014's field trip was in conjunction with the RailTEC Tie Symposium at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. This year the Field Trip was 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 made. This was an exciting and informative Field Trip!

See the recap in Crossties magazine

See the article in Railway Age

Click here to watch video of some of the highlights of the trip

Photos from the 2014 RTA Field Trip in and around Chicago: Photos by Jim Gauntt. Top photo of the group at Koppers Stickney Plant on day 1. Bottom photos left to right: Day 1 visit to the CN Kirk Yard Day 2 visit to River City Hardwoods, Day 3 visit to the FRA sponsored track loading system at the University of Illinois.

Field Trip Group

CN Kirk YardRiver City HardwoodsUI Track Loading System