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Cotton Belt Depot Museum

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Address: 210 E Oakwood St, Tyler, TX 75702-5835
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+1 903-595-7232

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A trip back in time

Gentleman at this gem of a museum is great. He spent at least 45 minutes explaining items on display. He is a jewel. He also ran the electric trains for us and weexplained... read more

Reviewed October 16, 2014
San Antonio, Tx
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San Antonio, Tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

Gentleman at this gem of a museum is great. He spent at least 45 minutes explaining items on display. He is a jewel. He also ran the electric trains for us and weexplained about the massive collection of trains and hundred of items on display. Great for kids and adults alike. Very wothwhile visit

2 Thank Sataviolet
Mountain Home, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2014

A group of us traveling to other railroad events, stopped by this museum and were graciously accommodated by being let in early. We were really impressed. I don't want to overstate what we found, but the extent of their collections of train related artifacts provided many items of real interest. We spent our time with a great and greatly informed... More 

3 Thank Ron S
Whitehouse, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2014

Who would have thought that within this small depot are several excellent, informative and historical railroad displays. Here you’ll find relics from day’s gone by when the Cotton Belt RR made regular stops in Tyler. You'll find several working model train displays and usually they are all running. As an additional benefit, the volunteers that work there are passionate about... More 

1 Thank John R
Tyler, Texas
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2014

If you have not visited this quaint little museum you need to! Depot filled with historical trains and lots of information. Very nice and the kids will love it!

1 Thank Leeshults
Pearland, Texas
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2014

My kids loved the O, HO and N gauge train layouts. Its very small and can be toured, very extensively, in about 15 minutes. But, my kids were fascinated by the hosts who let them pick the train to run and blow the whistle. Left a donation in the box, but no fee.

1 Thank carrieredflash
Imperial, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

My husband enjoyed chewing the fat with the old timers manning the museum. Lots of train info and tales from the past...kids would probably get a kick out of too!

Thank Liz W
Olathe, Kansas
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Stopped by here on Saturday afternoon. A gentleman greeted us and gave us a short walking tour and a little demonstration with the model electric trains. He allowed the kids(5 & 8) to push buttons to demonstrate how the trains work on the tracks. He also led them over to some older models of the phones and a telegraph, performing... More 

Thank mom2two08
Channelview, Texas
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145 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is a small museum, but it is full of trains and historical information. The man who walked us through it was very knowledgable and friendly. Definitely worth a look!

Thank Quiltlady0000
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500 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2013

The Cotton Belt Depot Museum is housed in the old baggage section of the restored 1905 Tyler, Texas Train Depot and staffed by volunteers from The Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society. You don't have to have kinfolk as I do who were Southern Rail Road men to really appreciate this museum. They have so much to offer their visitors: railroad... More 

Thank filmbuffintexas
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900 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2013

This is a great tribute to the railroad industry of East Texas. There are thousands of pieces of rare history hidden in this treasure. The volunteers make it come alive and help bring history to life. Job well done. It is even free.

Thank Gran7

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