Preserving the Legacy of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway


Commerce Depot
Cotton Belt Depot, Commerce, Texas
Ed Cooper photo | Robert McFatridge engineer

The 10th Annual
Cotton Belt
Regional Railroad Symposium

Sam Rayburn Student Center
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce, Texas

Fri. - Sat.,  October 2-3, 2013.

The 10th Annual Symposium is scheduled for the first weekend in October, 2015.

Friday evening's activities include an informal "Show-And-Tell"/"Mix-N-Mingle."  If you have items of railroad interest you would like to display on Friday and/or Saturday, please contact Jason Davis so we can arrange for appropriate table or display space.  Please note that this is NOT a swap-meet.

The formal event on Saturday will consist of a panel discussion; an update on NETEX/Blacklands Railroad operations on the Cotton Belt's former C-branch; and other activities to be announced.  Audience participation is encouraged.  North Texas T-Trak will have an operating model train layout on-site during the event on Saturday.

Luncheon (RSVP Required)

Luncheon information to be announced.

Presented by

TAMU-Commerce Department of Engineering & Technology

TAMU-Commerce College of Science & Engineering

James G. Gee Library Special Collections

Commerce Public LibraryCommerce Public Library logo

2015 Sponsors

Luncheon Sponsor(s):

Opportunity Available
Contact Jason with inquiries, 903-468-8682.

Keynote Sponsor:

Opportunity Available
Contact Jason with inquiries, 903-468-8682.

Gold Spike Sponsors:

Blacklands Railroad
Wayne Defebaugh, President

Silver Spike Sponsors:

Dr. Madeline & James Justice

Bronze Spike Sponsors:

Opportunities Available
Contact Jason with inquiries, 903-468-8682.

Iron Spike Sponsors:

Opportunities Available
Contact Jason with inquiries, 903-468-8682.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available...

You or your company can be recognized as a Sympoisum Sponsor for next year's event!  Multiple sponsorship levels are available.  All sponsorship contributions are tax deductable.  For more information on becoming a sponsor, please see our Sponsorship Opportunities page.  Our new MarketPlace makes it easier than ever!!! Sponsorships are accepted anytime, but must be confirmed by three weeks prior to the symposium to ensure inclusion in our major print materials in order to meet printing deadline for the event.
The Symposium Committee reserves the right to decline any sponsorship application.

Symposium History