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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, Joseph A Strapac. His many titles feature diesel and steam locomotives on famous fallen-flag railroads including the Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, Rio Grande, Texas & New Orleans, and the St. Louis South-western.  Amongst those titles is the regional favorite, "Cotton Belt Locomotives."

Cotton Belt Locomotives by Joe Strapac

Mr. Strapac will present a program on Friday Evening on Cotton Belt's Diesel Locomotives and the Keynote Program on Saturday on Cotton Belt's Steam Locomotives.
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 program on railroad artist, John Winfield, by Tony Wilson; the premier unveiling of Mr. Winfield's latest Cotton Belt Painting; a luncheon; the 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; a presentation by the Museum of the American Railroad; and other activities.  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:

NTXNRHS logo
The North Texas Chapter of the
National Railway Historical Society

Gold Spike Sponsors:

Tony Wilson

Blacklands Railroad
Wayne Defebaugh, President

Silver Spike Sponsors:

Dr. Madeline & James Justice

Bronze Spike Sponsors:

Mei-Ying Elaine Lin

Charles Neyman

eRubbermaid.comGNTY
Commerce

Iron Spike Sponsor:

Cypress Bank

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

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