Cotton Belt Depot Museum Tyler Texas

210 East Oakwood Street, Tyler, TX
The Cotton Belt Depot was opened to the public in 1905 and continued service until the last passenger train, #8, departed in April 1956. In 1988 the Southern Pacific deeded the depot to the City of Tyler. The City restored the depot to her orginal beauty in 2003.

Today the depot facilitates the Cotton Belt Depot Museum in the old baggage section on the east end of the building. It is staffed by volunteers from the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society, Tyler Tap Chapter. The Depot Museum has welcomed visitors from all 50 States, the District of Columbia and over 45 foreign countries. Over 300 visiters visit the depot each month and tours are conducted daily.
Artifacts, memorabila, and pictures from the "Cotton Belt" in Tyler, Texas. Winfield paintings.

The famous "Bragg Train Collection" of Lionel Electric Trains that includes over 200 engines and 1600 cars donated by Sharon Bragg.

There are operating O and HO scale model railroads.

Union Pacific Railroad's west bound Corsicana Sub runs freight trains past the depot.

Open from 10-4 Thursday through Saturday except Holidays.

FREE admission. Donations are appreciated.

Group Tours by Appointment Only Please.
1st Passenger train at the depot in 1905
Site updated Sep 2018. Webmaster S A Garbarino
Cotton Belt Train Show
Saturday, March 16, 2019 10 A M TO 5 P M
Sunday, March 17, 2019 10 A M TO 4 P M
Tyler Rose Garden Center
Located on the East Texas Fairgrounds
Admission: Adults - $7.00
Children under age 12 - FREE
Christmas Orniment , $15.00 plus postage.  On sale at the Museum. 

Please   call 903-595-7232
Open 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Free Addmission - Donations are appreciated.
Sponsored by Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society, Tyler Tap Chapter
This is what we are about.  Bring the kids but be aware, they will not want to leave..
Come and see the new exhibits from the McDaniel Collection at the depot. 
Click here to see items in the collection.

Historical Society


Greater Upper East Texas Area Model Railroaders

The greater upper East Texas area model train enthusiasts are invited to join our local T-Trak Group.  

Check our Facebook page:

Official East Texas T-Trak

Additional info: phone Steven Garbarino 903-595-7232.

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