2016 Field Trip Registration Opens in Early 2016

Plan to attend from the 5-8 of June in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area staying at the Red Lion Harrisburg East Hotel
Some highlights to look forward to seeing on this trip: 

3 treating plants including Stella-Jones DuBois, Koppers Susquehanna, and Mellott Needmore,
The Harrisburg rail manufacturing facility of ArcelorMittal,
and sawmills yet TBD


2015 Field Trip

May 31- June 3 2015

Registration RTA Field Trip 

Click here if you prefer to download the form and send in with your payment.

Hotel  RTA's room block expires May 6th


Itinerary and Agenda:


Sunday/May 31, 2015
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 Marriott Birmingham in Birmingham, AL.
7:00-7:30 pm  Chris Isaacson (Executive VP of Alabama Forestry Association) will give a short presentation

Monday/June 1, 2015

6:00 am Breakfast at Hotel
7:00 am Depart Hotel
8:00 am Arrive IndusTREE Pole Peeling operation Goodwater, AL (Rest Stop and Drive thru tour)
8:30 am Depart Goodwater (Snacks/Drinks on Bus)
8:50 am Arrive and Tour IndustTREE Tie Sawmill Nixburg, AL
9:50 am Depart Nixburg
10:40 am Arrive and Tour Stella-Jones Clanton, Al plant (Late a.m. Snacks/Drinks at plant)
11:45 am Depart Clanton
12:45 pm Arrive Cahaba Lake Retreat for lunch (Cahaba Sponsored)
1:45 pm Arrive and Tour Cahaba Industries Treating Plant
3:00 pm Depart Cahaba
3:15 pm Arrive and Tour Stella-Jones Montevallo Plant
4:15 pm Depart Montevallo (Snack/Drinks on Bus)
5:00 pm Arrive Hotel

Tuesday/June 2, 2015

6:00 am Breakfast at Hotel
6:45 am Depart Hotel (Snacks on Bus - Rest Stop I-59 AL mile marker 85)
9:30 am Arrive MSU Forest Products Research Facility (w/presentation) Starkville, MS (Snacks/Drinks at MSU)
10:30 am Depart for RTA/MSU Test Site
10:45 am Tour RTA-AWPRP Test Site for site visit
12:00 am FPR Tour and Presentation with Lunch sponsored by MSU FPR
1:30 pm Tour MSU Dairy Manufacturing Facility
3:00 pm Depart Starkville (Snacks on Bus - Rest Stop I-59 AL mile marker 84)
6:00 pm Arrive Hotel

Wednesday/June 3, 2015

6:00 am Breakfast at Hotel
7:15 am Depart Hotel
7:45 am Arrive to Tour Norfolk-Southern Intermodal Yard McCalla, AL (If attending event, you MUST sign an     Indemnification Form from NS)
9:15 am Depart NS (Snacks/Drinks on Bus)
9:45 am Drop off at hotel to check out
11:00 am Drop off at Birmingham Airport to 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