Preserving the Legacy of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway


Media Gallery 2009

August 8, 2009
Event Photos - by L. Joyce Davis

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Featured speaker, Steve Allen Goen, and Symposium host/founder, Dr. Jason Lee Davis.

Guests registering.

Guests visiting prior to the opening remarks.

Guests awaiting the start of the program.

Ed Cooper visiting with the Standefer Brothers.

Dr. Jason Lee Davis offering opening remarks.

Dr. James "Jim" Conrad offering the Gee Library's welcome.

TAMU-C Provost, Dr. Larry Lemanski, welcoming guests on behalf of the University.

Dr. Madeline Justice, Head of the Department of Educational Leadership, offering a welcome on behalf of the department.

Keynote presenter, Steve Allen Goen.

Guests enjoying the presentation by Steve Goen.

Members of the Discussion Panel:  Murrel Hoague, Dr. Harley Davis (moderator), Lenton Moore, and S. L. Grimes.

Steve Goen displays his original painting of the St.LS-W PA #300 at the Greenville depot.

Guests listening to the panelists.

S. L. Grimes recalling memories of days on the railroad as Lenton Moore listens on.

Guests enjoying the stories of the panelists.

Murrel Edward Hogue, Jr.
July 20, 1939 - February 3, 2010
Retired Amtrak Ticket Agent, panelist, and member of the Symposium Planning Committee.

Panel Moderator, Dr. Harley Davis, fields questions from the audience.

Guests listening to the panel discussion.

Justin Davis taking copious notes (or drawing pictures of trains?) during the panel discussion.

Wayne Defebaugh, owner of Blacklands Railroads, comparing notes on railroad operations with the "old hands" on the panel.

Adam Northam and Dr. Jim Conrad acknowledging the donation of photographs from the collection of the late Terry Kirkland by Ed Cooper.

Gayle Gordon, Director of the Commerce Public Library.

Cheryl Westhafer, Local History Librarian at the Commerce Public Library in charge of the library's railroad collection.

Guests visit after the formal programs.

Tom Bailey, Nathan Bailey, Clara &  Leo Sykes, and Mike Goodson discuss Nathan's "Dallas Junction" sign.

Sky Zhang and Elaine Lin, doctoral degree candidates in the Department of Educational Leadership volunteer to help ensure the event is documented and runs smoothly.

Attendees visit after the programs.

John Morris presents Murrel Hogue with a personalized print of his famous St.LS-W #819 photograph.

Panelists Lenton Moore, S. L. Grimes, and Harley Davis swap stories of their days on the rails.

Locomotive and Motorcar display at the site of the former Commerce Union Station Depot.

Member of Railroad Partners, Inc. (RPI) displayed their Fairmont Motorcars.

Blacklands Locomotive & RPI Motorcar display.

Blacklands Locomotive & RPI Motorcar display.

Blacklands Locomotive & RPI Motorcar display.

Patrons admire the railroad artifacts in the collection at the Commerce Public Library.

Members of the East Texas Model Railroad Club (ETMRC) host an open house at their club layout in Commerce for Symposium attendees.

Justin & Jennifer admire the fine craftsmanship of club members in creating the HO scale layout.

ETMRC club layout.

A little old and new coexisting on the layout.