Preserving the Legacy of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway
and all railroads throughout Ark-La-Tex-oma's Cotton Belt Region


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

The 12th Annual
Cotton Belt Regional Railroad Symposium

Sam Rayburn Student Center
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce, Texas

Fri. - Sat.,  October 6-7, 2017.

The Symposium is scheduled annually for the weekend of the first Saturday in October.

Friday evening and Saturday, October 6-7, 2017.
The formal event will be held on Saturday, with an informal "Show-And-Tell"/"Mix-N-Mingle" on Friday evening.  Saturday's program will consist of railroad presentations; a Luncheon; 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.

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


The luncheon will be held at noon on Saturday. 
The meal will feature a deli-style buffet and include sides, desert, and drink, and live musical entertainment by the Roberts Family and Friends.

Luncheon meal tickets are no longer avaialble.  The reservation deadline was noon on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

If you requested tickets and later learn that will be unable to claim and use your requested ticket(s), please notify Jason so your meal ticket may be reallocated to someone else who may wish to dine at the luncheon.

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

2017 Sponsors

Luncheon Sponsor(s):

Opportunities Available
Contact Jason with inquiries.

Keynote Sponsor:

Opportunity Available
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Gold Spike Sponsors:

Stephen & Marinelle Morrow

Greenville EDCGreenville Board of Development

College of Science & Engineering

Dr. Brent Donham, Dean

Silver Spike Sponsor(s):

Dr. Madeline & James Justice

Bronze Spike Sponsors:

Opportunities Available
Contact Jason with inquiries.

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 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