SEP-OCT 2018

Crossties is published for users and producers of treated wood crossties.

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RTA EVENT CALENDAR CONTACT US RTA EVENT CALENDAR CONTACT US ADVERTISE Stella-Jones Corp. Railway Tie Association Wheeler Lumber Nisus Corporation MiTek Industries CROSSTIES • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 17 TIE GRADING SEMINAR Students get right down to species ID with the Big Block test and a chance at another Amazon gift card. A treating demonstration follows a discussion about insects, fungi, and air-drying. Then it's off to Galesburg to tour the plant and the final Tie Grading Derby. DAY 3 Robert Pearce, right, discusses tie characteris- tics with Stella Jones' Jeffrey Benson and Rufus Fontenot, and CP's Wade Ostrander. Lightning & thunder drove the class inside for the answers to the practice tie grading derby. Cheryl Ponticello of Applied Testing & Geosicences, a new RTA member, considers species in the Big Block test. Terry Conners uses his magical mystical pickle juice… …to demonstrate the pressure treating process. CP's Wade Ostrander, UK's Chad Niman, and Applied Testing and Geoscience's Craig Joss watch the grading process from the booth at the plant. Greg Voysey of Koppers Ashcroft wins the practice test. Bragging rights only for this win! Norfolk Southern's Sean Woody is the Big Block winner and gets the second Amazon gift card. UK's Jim Ringe gets into the basics of air-dry- ing and how insects and fungi can complicate the process of producing a railroad tie.

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