Crossties

NOV-DEC 2017

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

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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 • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 24 Alan Matheson, Tacoma Rail We purchase and install around 4,000 ties per year in addition to switch ties and assorted bridge timbers. Last year, we part- nered with Port of Tacoma on a major rail yard reconfiguration, enabling us to achieve higher operational flexibility within the same footprint we've had for some time. Scott Adams, WATCO Companies We are one of the largest short- line operations in the United States. We are the third largest industrial contract switching provider. 700,000+ annual carloads, 450 locomotives and 3,900 railcars. We serve 37 states, 32 switching operations, 37 short line railroads, 23 railroad repair shops and 67 terminal locations. ENGINEERING FORUM Dwight Clark, Union Pacific, AREMA President Next year, AREMA will hold its annual conference Sept. 16-19 at the Hilton Chicago for its Conference & Exposition. Students are an integral part of keeping AREMA relevant going forward. We have 22 AREMA student chapters now. We encourage their attendance at conferences, where there are specific events tailored to the next generation. There is strong mem- ber and industry support for the AREMA Educational Foundation, and close to 100 students applied for the scholarships offered in 2017. Carmen Trevizo, TTCI One of our objectives is to gather more data to provide to the railroads so that they can benefit from better planning and forecasting on their tie replacement programs. New wood, different treatments. Using automated inspection data with Georgetown Rail's Aurora system. John Cech, BNSF BNSF's infrastructure is in the best shape ever. Capital invest- ment continues to be strong. Smarter, data-driven mainte- nance programs are driving efficiencies. Our partnerships with suppliers, consultants, researchers drive innovation. Michael Singelyn, Canadian National Our annual new tie change out is 2.1 million ties. We con- tinue to reduce the usage of eight-foot crossties in Canada and continue to move away from softwood crossties system-wide. We are exploring innovative inventory, logistics and supply chain processes. Joshua Marsky, CSX Transportation Our strategy for the future is to support the implementation of precision-scheduled railroad- ing; automate processes and equipment to drive safety and efficiency; and develop tools and equipment to improve work processes and optimize work planning. Kevin Hicks, Union Pacific We have a strong bridge replacement program, with an emphasis on replacement of timber structures, especially in the South. We are doing significant wood tie deck replacements as well. We are continu- ing to invest in our hump yards. We have plans to upgrade control systems at 17 major hump yards, and we are currently about half- way there. We are continuing our long-term strategy to upgrade facilities to support inter- national and domestic intermodal. RAILROAD SUSTAINABILITY, TIE DISPOSAL & CONTRACTOR FORUM Nathan Loftice, BNSF Sustainability means differ- ent thing to different people. But when something reaches an obstacle on disposal, and it starts grinding its way up the supply chain, it gets looked at very closely. David Smat, BNSF NHSM is interfering with tie energy recovery by increasing landfill use and fossil fuel use. We will continue negotiations with EPA and ask then to consider alterna- tive treatment types to include those that extend tie useful life. RTA's Tie Recovery Task force would like to be part of solution. The task force will look at what can we do to be creative and innovative to recover ties. Jeff Lloyd, Nisus Corp. A big problem we have now is the cost of natural gas. Fracking technology is a mixed blessing for railroads. Wood fuel must compete with natural gas on price. It is more difficult to burn wood than natural gas. What can be done? A tax credit for biomass or a tip fee added to treated wood fuel or higher natural gas prices would likely drive things back to biomass. Jason Feagans, Blackwood Solutions We must open our mind to pos- sibility that in some situations the landfill is not so bad. We have this knee-jerk reaction that landfilling is bad and we are wasting our resources. Some situations where we are consuming way too many resources to recycle. There are awesome landfills that do an amazing job of breaking down everything into organic material, creating methane and producing fuel. Curtis Schopp, National Salvage & Service We recycle about 7 million ties per year at six facilities. We sell about 2 million landscape ties per year. Anytime you can use something in its current form, it's good. We are able to sell them as fuel because we find certain places around the country that need the fuel. On a daily basis, International Paper weighs the cost of our fuel vs. other fuels they have on hand. Richard Carney, Railworks Corporation Railworks customers are Class 1, shortline and regional rail- roads, passenger rail transit authorities, general contractors, manufacturers and industrial companies. We dispose of 1 million plus ties per year across North America, primarily generated from maintenance, construction and rehabilita- tion projects. We undergo a selective pursuit of cleanup and disposal projects. We have volatility and rising costs associated with the current options. RTA CONFERENCE

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