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Plan to attend from the 31st of May through the 3rd of June in the Birmingham, Alabama area

2014 Field Trip

June 1-4, 2014

An RTA First! This year'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

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 took place to the reception

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 2014 Field Trip to the Chicago area

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