Great Northern Railway Historical Society

Welcome to the Great Northern Railway Historical Society

The GNRHS is dedicated to the preservation, study, and history of one of America's greatest railroads, the Great Northern Railway.

To Society Members, we offer carefully-researched Reference Sheets, a quarterly GN Goat publication, an annual calendar, discounts on model kits, books, CD's and other items, and an annual convention to discover all that is the Great Northern Railway.

For researchers the GNRHS Archives have historic documents and photos available on a wide range of subjects covering the Great Northern.

For a quick overview of all the GNRHS has to offer, checkout the menu at the top of the page or choose a link for more detailed information.

Latest News

GNRHS Company Store Holiday Sale

COMPANY STORE HOLIDAY SALE

The company store is running a holiday sale on selected items. Members can take an extra 15% off the member price by entering the code HD2018 in the “Promo Code” field in your cart before checkout. The sale will run between November 24th and December 31st.
Items: GN Apron, Rusty Dusty Book, Hogs Head Reminisces Book, DVD of the Twin Cities, Naperville and Klamath Falls conventions, Stations Across Marias Pass CD, HO Portable Depot, HO Section Foreman’s House and HO Sand House, all culverts and retaining walls and the remaining GNP Billboards.

  Posted on November 24, 2018, by


2018 Bellingham Convention includes B.C. tour


Former Great Northern depot, Bellingham, WA.

Having previously visited in 1996, GNRHS once more held its convention in Bellingham, Washington. Highlights included tours of the Bellingham area and an all-day venture into Canada where we visited the ex-GN depot at White Rock, the Cloverdale interurban museum and the Burnaby Central miniature railway in Confederation Park.

There was a wide range of presentations for attendees to enjoy such as: Pacific Coast Railroad by Dave Sprau, Shipping Planes On Trains by Andrew Klamka, Dispatching West Coast Lines by Mark Meyer & Dave Sprau and Early Bellingham Railroads by Don Pavia to name just a few.

Sunday’s Rail Fair featured an enormous modular On30 layout (the Moose Creek Logging Company) as well as the usual GN-related paraphernalia available for purchase.

Capping off the convention was the Wednesday night banquet. Society Awards were presented, and then the famous raffle featuring GN prizes galore.

We hope to see you again next year in Fargo – July 20-24!

Don Pavia and Bob Kelly interpret the GN in Fairhaven.
Southbound BNSF oil train at Taylor Street dock, Fairhaven.
Ben having way too much fun.
Tom, Chris and Pete at Bellingham GN depot.
Watching the Rocky Mountaineer from the bus at Blanchard.
Blanchard GN depot.
Lunch stop at Sedro-Woolley.
Former NP-GN diamond at Sedro-Woolley.
GN caboose X-87 at Sedro Woolley.
Boarding "Chinook" for evening dinner cruise.
Northbound BNSF coal train from the "Chinook".
Evening dinner cruise crowd shot.
The Tanners and Chinquists on board the "Chinook".
The Moose Creek Logging Company layout at Rail Fair.
Lindsay is taking our picture again!
Andrew Klamka presentation.
Watching a presentation.
Richard Yaremko and Dale Sanders presentation.
Watching a presentation.
Dave Sprau and Mark Meyer presentation.
Southbound BNSF freight at White Rock depot.
Crowd shot at Cloverdale museum.
Riding BC Electric #1304 "Connaught".
BC Electric #1304 "Connaught" suns itself among the wildflowers.
BC Electric #1207 "Steveston".
Cloverdale Museum car barn.
 
Riding the Burnaby Central.
Riding the Burnaby Central.
Steve Eckman holds forth at table.
Banquet table of GNRHS members.
Ken Middleton lifetime membership award.
Webmaster Ben Ringnalda is presented with the Hustle Muscle award.
Bev Tracy with Scott and Jan Tanner.
Steve, Bob & Mary draw raffle prize tickets.
North Bank Line donated a brass HO GN O-1 class 2-8-2 locomotive as one of the raffle prizes.

  Posted on October 22, 2018, by


Trainfest Celebrates the Great Northern Railway

Trainfest GN Display
Trainfest GN Display

It already has become a tradition that Trainfest honors the contribution railroads have made to history. This year the Celebrate-a-Railroad program features the Great Northern Railway.

In cooperation with volunteers from the Great Northern Railway Historical Society, Trainfest offers special issue collectibles and has created a high-quality historical exhibit with plenty of photos highlighting the history of the Great Northern Railway.

Representatives of the Great Northern Railway Historical Society will be present at Trainfest – America’s Largest Operating Model Railroad Show – in Milwaukee, WI with a booth representing the GNRHS. Our volunteers will be ready to answer your questions about the GNRHS, benefits and membership. Stop by and say hello!

More information on the Great Northern Celebrate-a-Railroad program can be found on the Trainfest website.

Trainfest is held in Milwaukee, WI – November 10 – 11, 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Wisconsin Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park
8200 W. Greenfield Avenue
West Allis, WI

  Posted on October 22, 2018, by


 

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Trainfest opens tomorrow Nov. 10 at 9:00 am and goes through Sunday Nov. 11. Stop to visit the GNRHS table next to the Celebrate a Railroad display. The display is top notch as a lot of work went into preparing for these two days. Please check it out. We'd love to visit with all GN fans. ... See MoreSee Less

Trainfest opens tomorrow Nov. 10 at 9:00 am and goes through Sunday Nov. 11. Stop to visit the GNRHS table next to the Celebrate a Railroad display. The display is top notch as a lot of work went into preparing for these two days. Please check it out. Wed love to visit with all GN fans.

 

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Go Great ! Go Great Northern Railway

Robert Knippel this is what I was telling you about.

We got it set up this eve.

Wish I could afford to go next year for sure

Where is Trainfest??

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