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 26 Jeff Peterson, Omaha Track We have a very good grasp on how to go out and pick up scrap ties. We have a tie grinding facility in Superior. In total, this facility could grind 5 million ties per year in one shift per day. Tie chips burn hot and clean, and they're dry and dense. That said, challenges include public misperceptions about burning ties. RESEARCH SESSION Jim Carter, Norfolk Southern (Retired) Our bridge ties are dual-treated with CuNap and borate using BTX. The borate diffuses all the way through there in the boul- tanizing process, and we are very pleased with it. What railroads can expect based on current data is bridge life of 16 years in high hazard zones and 26 years in low hazard zones. A switch to CuNap increases tie life by 30 percent. Increased copper retention increases tie life by 10 years. Borate heart- wood treatment increases tie life 20 years. Tim Carey, Lonza Wood Protection We have the Firesheath paint application as a way of prevent- ing fire-related disasters. Field application of Firesheath WFS Net comes in 3' x 50' rolls so you can wrap material around it. Because it's very flex- ible, you can make any kind of shape you want. We want to stop the fire and protect the wood. Todd Euston & Michael Liesenfelt, GREX Aurora Tie Inspection 3D takes a three-dimensional look at a tie and delivers the data to the railroads. We're running a detection car over track and the X-ray is focused on the gauge part of the track. The rails serve as a radiation barrier. When the X-ray comes back, it shows the variability in the density of the wood. We are also investigating use of the same technology for ties before they leave the treating plant. Andreas Schwarz, Linder America Railroad ties come to end of life and because its wood, traditionally, people use high-speed grinders to process ties down to size. This has its disadvantages because metal contamination, especially big plates and spikes, damage grinders and stop production. We do a primary shred and remove all metal in the process and put ties into high-speed machine afterwards. Jeff Morrell, Oregon State University Part of the researchers' goal is to make sure treated wood can be used safely in aquatic environments. We have treated wood exposed over waterways. We expose pieces of treated wood with different BMPs applied to them. We've looked at ACZA, CCA, CA and ACQ. Chemicals always come off the wood. BMPs do help. We are trying to see whether the processes are worth doing to show regulators that with these pro- cesses they should allow these products to stay in the systems. CLASS I RAILROAD PURCHASING FORUM Cory Thomas, BNSF The majority of our capital spend will go into replacement, much of it rail and ties. We have a total $3.4 billion in capi- tal expenditures planned for next year. We think we have the tie program normalized, which helps us have a consistent program in terms of purchasing, tie gangs, etc. This year, we have been light on buying switch ties. Next year will see us return to a normal program. Nate Irby, Union Pacific UP has a $3.1 billion capital plan for next year. So far we have bought 3.5 million wood ties for 2017. Future estimated tie demand is 3.6 million for wood and 400,000 for concrete. David Knopsnider, CSX Transportation Our 2.8 million ties installed this year will be closely matched for 2018. We don't see that changing. With the changes in the company and capital plans not finalized and precision scheduled railroading in the mix, we'll get through this together. Stella-Jones and Koppers, I'd like to say a special thank you for working through these changes with us. Scott Feldman, Norfolk Southern We are primarily wood railroad, with some steel ties and still testing a small number of composite. Wood—at 99 percent—is our tie of choice. 100 percent of our ties are required to be dual treated. We are doing very well as of last year, with healthy inventories. We are working with sawmills and treaters to be transparent, which has really helped us get control, get cars where they need to go, and avoid ebbs and flows and peaks and valleys. Bill Blasé, Kansas City Southern With regard to our five-year tie program, you can see for next year, we're expecting a 6 percent increase in tie installation, subject to final approval of the budget. We will install 760,000 total ties in 2018, with 620,000 total wood. Our risks and opportunities are wood supply, pricing, inventory balance and continued business growth. Darryl Odger & Mitchell Johnston, Canadian National Our annual demand is 2 to 2.25 million ties per year (creosote treated hardwood ties) 50,000 to 75,000 switch ties; 50,000 to 100,000 concrete ties per year. In 2018, we expect to remain flat, with 2.15 million ties installed. We will throw a little additional volume in for additional capital. Switch ties between 30,000-50,000. Bridge ties would be flat. Rob Churma, Canadian Pacific In 2017, we installed close to 1.2 million crossties, which was a pretty good year for us. Preplated ties are holding at 25,000. We are trying different fasteners this time. We are 100 percent hardwood and 0 percent softwood. Some updates to wood tie purchasing: We will use zero 6x8s in the United States and Canada. No softwoods. RTA CONFERENCE Euston Liesenfelt

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