Cotton Belt Depot Museum
210 East Oakwood Street Tyler, TX 75711-6236
Phone: (903) 595-7232
The Saint Louis Southwestern Railroad, best known as the Cotton Belt, was originated in Tyler as the Tyler Tap, a narrow gage line built to carry cotton. The museum is located in the Cotton Belt Depot.
The Museum provides memories of the operation of the Cotton Belt and a venue for the public, to learn about the history of railroad industry. *Construction on the Cotton Belt Depot began in 1902.
On June 2, 1905 it was open for passenger service and continued in service until April 22, 1956. On Nov. 6, 1988 Southern Pacific Rail Road deeded the Cotton Belt Depot to the City of Tyler and it was ultimately renovated to house the Tyler Transit Department and the Cotton Belt Depot Museum.
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, HO and N scale model railroads.
The Depot Museum has welcomed visitors from all 50 States, the District of Columbia and over 45 foreign countries. Over 300 visitors visit the depot each month and tours are conducted daily. The next show is Saturday, April 28, 2012 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, April 29, 2012 10 AM to 4 PM