Preserving the Legacy of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway


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

The 9th Annual
Cotton Belt
Regional Railroad Symposium

Sam Rayburn Student Center
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce, Texas

Fri. - Sat.,  October 3-4, 2014.

The 9th Annual Symposium is scheduled for the first weekend in October, 2014.

Joe StrapacThe featured Keynote Presenter is acclaimed railroad author and historian, Joe Strapac.
The Keynote address is sponsored by The North Texas Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

Friday evening's activities include a presentation on Cotton Belt's Diesel Locomotives by Joe Strapac and 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; a luncheon; a Keynote Presentation on Cotton Belt's Steam Locomotives by  Joe Strapac; an update on NETEX/Blacklands Railroad operations on the Cotton Belt's former C-branch, and other activities to be confirmed.  Audience participation is encouraged.  North Texas T-Trak will have an expanded operating model train layout on-site during the event on Saturday.

Presented by

TAMU-Commerce College of Science, Engineering, & Agriculture

TAMU-Commerce Department of Engineering & Technology

James G. Gee Library Special Collections

Commerce Public LibraryCommerce Public Library logo

2014 Sponsors

Luncheon Sponsor(s):

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

Keynote Sponsor:

The North Texas Chapter of the
National Railway Historical Society

Gold Spike Sponsors:

Tony Wilson

Silver Spike Sponsors:


Bronze Spike Sponsors:

Dr. Madeline & James Justice 

Sponsorship Opportunities Available...

You or your company could be recognized as a Sympoisum Sponsor of the the upcoming 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.  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.  Sponsorships confirmed after this date will still be acknowledged on the website, on limited printed materials, and at the event.
The Symposium Committee reserves the right to decline any sponsorship application.

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