Preserving the Legacy of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway


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

The 11th Annual
Cotton Belt Regional Railroad Symposium

Sam Rayburn Student Center
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce, Texas

Fri. - Sat.,  Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2016.

The 11th Annual Symposium is scheduled for the first weekend in October, 2016.

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.

Harley Davis on SSW 354
Harley Davis working "The Dog" in Big Sandy, Texas, in 1960.
W. Estellene Davis photo


The luncheon will be held at noon on Saturday. 
Prior Reservations must be made for the luncheon meal.  Details 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 Sponsor(s):

Dr. Madeline & James Justice

Bronze Spike Sponsors:

Opportunity 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 a sympoisum 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 secure 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