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RTA’s annual tie grading seminar set for Alabama in July


The Railway Tie Association (RTA) plans to hold its 22nd annual tie grading seminar July 20-22 in Montevallo, Ala.

Instructors — comprising professors, railroaders, foresters, wood preservers and sawmillers — will conduct exercises on various topics, including untreated wood deterioration, tie storage and handling, species identification, defects and grading, and treating technology. The event also will include a tour of Seaman Timber Co.’s wood treating plant in Montevallo.

The registration fee is $495. For more information, call RTA Administrator Debbie Corallo at 770-460-5553, visit the association's Web site at or send an email to