2023 Crosstie Grading Seminar

 in the North Little Rock, Arkansas area
March 20-23, 2023
Arrival day is 5 pm March 20th. Classes are the 21st, 22nd (full days)
and 23rd (half day with optional treated tie inspection).

Registration and Hotel Reservation Form
Promotional Video
2022 Seminar Recap 

2023 Agenda:

Monday, March 20th
Welcome Reception Sponsored by Brewco

Tuesday, March 21st
Welcome, Overview, Safety Briefing, Icebreaker
Engineering, Brief History, & Why Defects Matter
Introduction to Crosstie Defects
Tie Inspection & Grading 101 with Video Examples
Grading Quiz & Discussion
Intro to RTA Species & Species ID
Breakout Groups with Big Blocks- Species ID
Big Block Test
Dinner on Your Own

Wednesday, March 22nd
Insects, Fungi, & Air Drying
Treating Demonstration and Red Oak Bubbles
Operations & Inspection Points
Review Grading & Species Questions
Lunch and prepare to go to the plant
Tour the treating plant
ID 25 Ties and Practice Grading
Answers for Practice Ties
Dinner on Your Own

Thursday, March 23rd
Wood and Timber Procurement
Drive to Plant, Instructions and Final Questions
Final Test- Tie Grading Derby
Tie Grading Derby Answers 
Boxed Lunch at the Plant
Treated Tie Inspection for Those Interested

Check out the video to see a sample of what will be covered in this educational seminar!

RTA Tie Grading Seminar on Wood Identification Module 2 from Railway Tie Association on Vimeo.