Preserving the Legacy of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway


Commerce Depot
Cotton Belt Depot, Commerce, Texas
Ed Cooper photo | Robert McFatridge engineer

The 7th Annual
Cotton Belt
Railroad Symposium

Sam Rayburn Student Center
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce, Texas

October 5-6, 2012

The 7th Annual Symposium is scheduled for Friday, October 5, 2012, 5:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday, October 6, 2012, 8:45am-3:30pm

Friday evening's activities include an informal "Show-And-Tell"/"Mix-N-Mingle" and a special motorcar operators' screening of the documentary film, "Weekend Railroaders."  Railroad artifacts and information will be displayed by a number of museums, historical societies, and individuals.  If you have items of railroad interest, particularly of significance to the Cotton Belt, you would like to display, please contact Jason Davis so we can arrange for appropriate table or display space.  Please note that this is NOT a swap-meet.

The formal event on Saturday will consist of a panel discussion, a discussion of the restoration and operational testing of the StLSW 819, a luncheon with musical entertainment, and a screening of "Weekend Railroaders" featuring a Q&A session with the filmmaker, Scott Peterson.  Audience participation is encouraged.

Luncheon (RSVP deadline past)

A Luncheon, featuring live musical entertainment, will be held on Saturday.  This year's Luncheon is being generously sponsored by the TAMU-C College of Science, Engineering, & Agriculture Sorry, we can no longer accept meal ticket reservations.  The deadline to request tickets was Monday, October 1.  Anyone may still join us for the accompanying musical entertainment, with or without a meal ticket.  Off-campus dining is available locally at a number of Commerce's fine dining establishments.

Presented by

TAMU-Commerce College of Science, Engineering, & Agriculture

TAMU-Commerce Department of Engineering & Technology

James G. Gee Library Special Collections

Commerce Public LibraryCommerce Public Library logo


Luncheon Sponsor:

    College of Science, Engineering, & Agriculture

Gold Spike Sponsor:

Blacklands Railroad
Wayne Defebaugh, President

Silver Spike Sponsor:

Alliance Bank

Alliance Bank

Bronze Spike Sponsors:

Mei-Ying Elaine Lin, Doctoral Candidate

Dr. Madeline & James Justice, TAMU-C

Cletis Millsap, Chair, Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation District (NETEX)


Iron Spike Sponsor:

Cypress Bank, FSB, Commerce, Texas

Sponsorships Available...

You or your company could appear here and on our printed promotional materials!  Multiple sponsorship levels are available.  All are tax deductable and most include luncheon tickets.  For more information on sponsorship levels or to become a sponsor, please see our fillable Sponsorship Form.

If you chose to become a sponsor, please let us know by sending a note to Jason Davis so that we may plan for your involvement accordingly.

Dedicated to Dr. Otha Cleo Spencer

Dr. Otha C. SpencerDr. Spencer at the 2007 Cotton Belt Symposium | Photo: L.J. Davis
The 2012 Cotton Belt Symposium is dedicated to the memory of our friend, Dr. Otha C. Spencer.
April 27, 1920 - June 1, 2012

Past Symposiums