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“A Treasure of a Rail Road Museum in Tyler, Texas!”

Cotton Belt Depot Museum
Ranked #19 of 37 things to do in Tyler
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Texarkana,Texas
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494 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
“A Treasure of a Rail Road Museum in Tyler, Texas!”
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 artifacts, books, pictures, hats, uniforms, Winfield paintings and operating N-, HO-and O-gauge model train layouts. They also have the famous "Bragg Train Collection:" on display. There is no gift shop but you can still purchase Cotton Belt memorabilia T Shirts and Mugs as we did.

We were very fortunate indeed to be given a personal tour by the President of the Tyler Tap chapter of the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society who provided much insight into the glory days of the Cotton Belt Rail Road in Tyler, Texas.

The Cotton Belt Museum is open Monday - Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free but donations are always welcome. It is recommended that Group Tours should call ahead for an appointment. Parking is available next to the museum and bus service to the City of Tyler is also available at the West End of the Depot.

Visited October 2013
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Crossett
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“Choo-Choo”
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.

Visited July 2013
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glenpool, OK
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“nice depot with lots of history”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

We stopped by here to see what they had. There were lots of railroad items and photographs. The two gentlemen who were there were very knowledgeable and love sharing the history of the depot and railroad. There are also some model train layouts inside the depot. Admission is free but donations are greatly accepted.

Visited July 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“great model train collection”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

If you have a little kid that loves Thomas the Train, they'll love this museum. They have so many model trains of all types and even some Thomas models that runs on their model rails. My 3 yr old son was speechless and didn't want to leave.

Visited July 2013
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“Don't drive by this hidden treasure in downtown Tyler--it is a wonderful visit!”
Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

We LOVE this museum, and the men who so lovingly take care of it and keep it open 6 days a week! Located in the baggage area of the 1905 train depot, this tiny treasure is jampacked with memoriablia, history--and trains. Multiple electric trains running, and great photos on the wall spark imaginations and interesting conversations. We go on a regular basis.

Don't just drive by the depot--stop in and learn about the importance of the Cotton Belt Route and enjoy the trains and the knowledge of our friends who run it. You will enjoy it!

And, if the train signal at the corner is green, you will get to see the real freight lines run by right outside the museum door!

Visited May 2013
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