SEP-OCT 2018

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CONTACT RTA WEBSITE BECOME A MEMBER BECOME A MEMBER RTA WEBSITE CONTACT Cahaba Pressure Treated Forest Products Eagle Metal Products East Coast Railroad Gross & Janes Co. Hurdle Machine Works Koppers Inc. CROSSTIES • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 16 Species ID gets a wrap-up and then it's on to Defects 101 with Stella-Jones' Robert Pearce. Students get a look at cut tie ends and take a tie grading test. Then, it's off to the Koppers' Galesburg plant for some hands-on with full-sized ties. DAY 2 After a full day of classroom work, attendees enjoy a reception spon- sored by Brewco's Mike Goldston, pictured here with UP's Nate Irby and Stella-Jones' Kenny Dailey. RTA President Tim Ries of Koppers Inc. enjoys the reception with Norfolk Southern's Kevin Conn and Koppers' Mary Kay Walker and Joe Rosenberg. Robert Pearce (L) helps students understand what defects look like. Marshall Allen (R) is on hand for discussion. Students concentrate on species and defects as they consider the ties at the plant. Terry Conners discusses a split tie with Koppers' Neal Galford. Norfolk Southern's Courtney Watts smiles as she discovers the species and decides if this tie is grade, IG, or cull. Eric Baughman of Stella-Jones is the winner of the first of three Amazon gift cards. He was first to correctly identify the species of the full- sized tie in the classroom breaking a three-way tie between Eric, Stella Jones' Jeffrey Benson, and voestalpine Nortrak's Shawn Bryant. Instructors are on hand to help with species ID and defects in this practice test. Here, Nate Irby helps Eric Baughman of Stella-Jones and Clay Skinner of Koppers with a question. TIE GRADING SEMINAR

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