2020 Field Trip Registration Will Open in the Early Spring

2019 Field Trip

Took place in and around

Texarkana, Texas June 3-6


Monday, June 3

5:00 pm SMP Meeting at the hotel
5:30 pm Welcome reception at the hotel (sponsor needed)

Tuesday, June 4

6:00 am   Breakfast at hotel
6:30 am   Depart for Hope and North Little Rock
7:45 am   Tour Amerities in Hope
11:00 am Tour Nevada Railroad Materials in North Little Rock
12:15 pm Lunch in North Little Rock, Sponsored by Nevada Railroad Materials
1:30 pm   Drive to & Tour Koppers plant in North Little Rock
3:00 pm   Drive to Texarkana 

Evening reception at the hotel sponsored by Brewco

Exciting news! The Hardwood Manufacturers Association Regional Field trip will join us for the reception. Join over 50 additional sawmillers in the first ever combined event!

Wednesday, June 5
6:00 am    Breakfast at hotel
6:30 am    Depart for Camden, Arkansas
8:15 am    Tour Douthit Lumber in Camden
10:00 am  Drive to and tour Gross & Janes in Camden
11:30 am  Drive to Rison -  Lunch on the bus Sponsored by Gross & Janes
12:30 pm  Tour Wilson Lumber Company
1:45 pm    Drive to Sparkman
2:45 pm    Tour Brazeale Lumber Company in Sparkman
4:00 pm    Drive to hotel
6:00 pm    RTA Attendees are invited to join the HMA reception and dinner (included, but you must RSVP)

Thursday, June 6

6:00 am    Breakfast at hotel 
6:45 am    Drive to Linden, Texas
7:30 am    Tour Ward Timber Sawmill in Linden
9:00 am    Drive to Carthage, Texas
10:00 am  Tour Gross & Janes in Carthage
10:45 am  Drive to Noble, Louisiana
12:00 pm  Lunch at Stella-Jones Pole Treating Plant Sponsored by Stella-Jones
12:45 pm  
Tour Stella-Jones plant 
2:00 pm    Bus transportation to Shreveport and Texarkana Airports for flights 
3:30 pm    Arrive Shreveport
5:00 pm    Arrive Texarkana



We would like to thank our very generous sponsors of the 2018 RTA Field Trip

Receptions: Brewco and RailWorks
Bus: Cahaba, Herzog, and Stella-Jones
Lunches: Koppers and TTCI
Bus snacks and drinks: MiTek
Gratuities and incidentals: Gross & Janes


2018 Field Trip Recap

Monday June 4, 2018 

Arrive in Colorado Springs for a 3 night stay
5:00 pm MSHS Meeting
5:30 pm RTA Welcome Reception at the hotel

Tuesday June 5, 2018

6:15 am Breakfast at hotel
6:30 am Depart for La Junta
9:15 am Tour Lewis Bolt and Nut in La Junta
11:45 am Lunch in Pueblo at El Nopal ($12.50 per person extra fee)
12:45 pm 
Visit Evraz Steel (a rail rolling mill) in Pueblo
4:00 pm Depart for Colorado Springs hotel
5:15 pm Arrive at hotel
6:00 pm Evening reception at hotel - Sponsored by Brewco

Wednesday June 6, 2018

6:00 am Breakfast at hotel
6:30 am Depart hotel for Pueblo
8:00 am Tour LB Foster Weld Plant 
10:00 am Arrive at TTCI in Pueblo for a track walk and facilities tour with lunch on site
1:45 pm Depart for Royal Gorge Railroad
3:00 pm Arrive at Royal Gorge for excursion train ($60 Per person extra fee)

5:30 pm Depart for hotel, dinner on own

Thursday June 7, 2018

6:00 am Breakfast at hotel
6:30 am Depart for Omnitrax Sand Transload Center
8:45 am Tour OmniTRAX Frack Sand Trans-load Center in Windsor
10:15 am Depart for BioChar Now
10:45 am Tour BioChar in Berthoud
11:45 am Depart for Koppers plant in Denver
12:30 pm Lunch at Koppers
1:00 pm Tour Koppers Treating Plant
2:30 pm Bus departs to Hotel/Colorado Springs Airport (Denver Airport - TBD)


2018 Field Trip Recap

2017 Field Trip Recap

2016 Field Trip Recap

2015 Field Trip Recap

2014 Field Trip Recap

See the article in Railway Age
Click here to watch video of some of the highlights of the trip

2013 Field Trip Recap

2012 Field Trip Recap

2011 Field Trip Recap

2010 Field Trip Recap

2009 Field Trip Recap

2008 Field Trip Recap