2017 Field Trip Registration Now Open  

2017 Field Trip

Will Take Place in and around Clarksville, Tennessee June 6-8

Hotel - Please fill out the interactive Housing Form and email it to ties@rta,org
Or call the RTA offices to make your hotel arrangements before May 18th. 770-460-5553

2017 Field Trip Agenda:

Monday/June 5, 2017

5:00-5:30 pm   MSHS Committee Meeting at hotel
5:30-7:00 pm   RTA Reception in the Montgomery Room at the Riverview Inn in Clarksville, TN                    

Tuesday/June 6, 2017          

6:00 am           Breakfast at hotel
7:00 am           Depart hotel to tour Middleton Lumber in Puryear, TN
9:15 am           Drive to Stella-Jones Fulton, KY Plant
11:30 am         Lunch at Stella-Jones Plant
12:15 pm         Depart for Progress Rail Locomotive Repair Shop in Mayfield, KY
2:15 pm           Depart for C.B. Goodman Lumber, Hickory, KY
3:30 pm           Depart for return to hotel in Clarksville, TN
5:15 pm           Arrive back at hotel 
5:30 pm           Reception in the Montgomery Room at the Riverview Inn, Sponsored by Brewco

Wednesday/June 7, 2017         

6:00 am           Breakfast at hotel
7:00 am           Depart hotel 
8:00 am           Tour S&S Stave near Morton's Gap
9:00 am           Depart for Associated Pallet near South Carrollton, KY
9:30 am           Tour Associated Pallet
10:00 am         Depart for Brewco in Central City, KY
10:30 am         Tour Brewco fab shop and former race shop. Lunch provided by Brewco at Country Club
1:00 pm           Depart for Koppers Guthrie
2:00 pm           Tour Koppers Guthrie Plant
3:30 pm           Depart for Old Glory Distillery Tour
5:00 pm           Depart for hotel

Thursday/June 8, 2017    

6:00 am          Breakfast at Hotel
7:00 am          Depart Hotel to tour Hood Industries in Waverly, TN
9:30 am          Depart to tour Middle Tennessee Lumber in Dickson, TN
12:00 pm        Lunch at Middle Tennessee Lumber
12:30 pm        Depart for CSX Radnor Yard
3:00 pm          Depart for Nashville Airport (if necessary)         
5:15 pm          Drop off at hotel 

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 

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 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