Preserving the Legacy of the railroads throughout Ark-La-Miss-Tex-oma's Cotton Belt Region


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

The 17th Annual
Cotton Belt REGIONAL Railroad Symposium

Saturday, August 5, 2023.

Sam Rayburn Student Center
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce, Texas

Beginning in 2023, the Symposium is scheduled annually for the first Saturday in August.

The formal event will be held on Saturday, with a program consisting of railroad presentations, railroadianna displays, and other activities to be announced.  Audience participation is encouraged. 

If you have items of railroad interest you would like to display, please bring them.  We have arranged for plenty of table and display space.  Please note that this is NOT a swap-meet.

An informal dinner gathering will begin at approximately 6:00pm at Lu Lu's Burgers, 803 Culver St, in Commerce, for anyone who like to visit casually on Friday evening.

MoPac Plate

Those pre-registered for the luncheon will be entered in a drawing for this beautiful, historic Missouri Pacific plate donated by Gerald Hook.  The drawing will be held following the luncheon.  Must be present to win. 

Luncheon & Reservations

The Luncheon reservation deadline was noon on Tuesday, August 1st.  You may contact Jason to be placed on the waitlist should additional meals become available.

If you made reservations and later learn that will be unable to attend the luncheon, please notify Jason so your meal(s) may be reallocated to someone else who may wish to dine at the luncheon.

Presented by

TAMUC Department of Engineering & Technology

TAMUC College of Science & Engineering

TAMUC Velma K. Waters Library Special Collections

Commerce Public LibraryCommerce Public Library logo

2023 Sponsors

Luncheon Sponsor:

A&M-Commerce College of Science & Engineering
Dr. Andrea Graham,

Gold Spike Sponsors:

Opportunities Available
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Silver Spike Sponsors:

Gerald Hook

Additional Opportunities Available
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Bronze Spike Sponsors:

Jason Lee Davis

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Iron Spike Sponsors:

Opportunities Available
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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 at least three weeks prior to the symposium to ensure inclusion in our major print materials in order to meet printing deadlines for the event.
The Symposium Committee reserves the right to decline any sponsorship application.

Symposium History