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 (krôs′tī′, krŏs′-)
A transverse beam or rod serving as a support, especially a beam that connects and supports the rails of a railroad.


(Railways) US a sleeper between rails on a railway


(ˈkrɔsˌtaɪ, ˈkrɒs-)

1. a railroad tie.
2. a transverse timber forming a foundation or support.
cross′tied`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crosstie - one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway trackcrosstie - one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track; "the British call a railroad tie a sleeper"
bracing, brace - a structural member used to stiffen a framework
railroad track, railway, railroad - a line of track providing a runway for wheels; "he walked along the railroad track"
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NEW WOOD CROSSTIES (in thousands) Year GDP Crosstie Sales % Change 2008 -0.
RTA reports latest trend in crosstie production, purchases The volume of crosstie purchases dropped 34% to 1.
The decline in the large mill was partially offset by the construction of a green mill and a crosstie mill.
Boatright Companies employs 250 people, soon to increase to 350 with the completion of a new crosstie plant in Clanton, Alabama.
Drafts of wood crosstie supply and exotic wood not impregnated devices.
Also, as the hardwood market continues to become more global, wood will be diverted to applications more profitable than crosstie manufacture.
Boatright Companies is building a major state-of-the-art railroad crosstie plant in Chilton County, a $55 million investment with plans to have 100 workers by the end of next year.
Railway Tie Association Crosstie production posts decline as purchases rise, RTA says.
In the 1960s, estimates of hardwood lumber consumption by the entire wood treatment industry as reported in the Census of Manufactures appeared to be lower than reported crosstie usage alone.
hosted an open house in late May to celebrate the opening of its new Marshall, Texas, composite crosstie manufacturing facility.
The study hopes to find ways to enhance crosstie and fastening designs to improve efficiency, reliability and safety and decrease cost.
Tom Loadman, vice president of railroad and utility products and services at Koppers said, This acquisition reaffirms our corporate commitment to serve the North American railroad industry in all aspects of crosstie supply from procurement to processing and distribution to preservative supply.