2014 International Crosstie and
Fastening System Symposium


June 3 - 5, 2014
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
Hosted by the Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC)
at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign



Preliminary Agenda Released for the 2014 International Crosstie
and Fastening System Symposium. View the agenda here!

RailTEC Would Like to Thank the Sponsors of the 2014 International Crosstie
and Fastening System Symposium. To view the list of sponsors, please click here.

Railway Age and Railway Track & Structures (RT&S) magazines highlight the upcoming
International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium. Read the article here.

2014 International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium


We are excited to announce the 2014 International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium, which will be held on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA, 3-5 June 2014.

This three day conference will have presentations, discussions, and a technical tour that focus on the state of the art in timber, concrete, steel, and composite crosstie and fastening system design, performance, research, modeling, and inspection.

This event is being held in conjunction with the Railway Tie Association's (RTA) annual Field Trip and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-way Association (AREMA) Committee 30 (Ties) meetings that will take place that same week.

Now Accepting Abstracts for Spoken Presentations!

Click HERE to submit an abstract for the 2014 International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium.
The deadline for abstract submission is Thursday 20 February 2014.

Technical and Research Topics for Abstract Consideration:
State of Practice
Loading Environment
Laboratory and Field Testing
Component and System Modeling
Design Methodologies and Advances
Manufacturing Innovations
Tie Preservation
Field Performance
Failure Modes
Research Needs
Automated Inspection Technologies


Technical Tour - Wednesday 4 June 2014 (Morning)
voestalpine Nortrak Inc. - Visit foundry for Special Trackwork and Fastening System Component Manufacture.
UIUC - Visit New Full-Scale Rail Research and Innovation Laboratory (RAIL) at Schnabel.
UIUC - Visit Wood Engineering Laboratory for Crosstie Accelerated Aging Experimentation (RTA Field Trip Members).

Chris talks Got prizes With board
Photos from 2012 International Concrete Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium Technical Tour