Great Northern Railway Historical Society


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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

June GNRHS Goat has shipped

GNRHS Goat 163
GNRHS Goat 163

The June 2015 GNRHS Goat package has shipped to our Members.

Check here to see its contents.

Copies of this issue are available for purchase through our Company Store for both members as well as non-members.

Consider joining today to get this issue and other great GNRHS products at a discount. Join here!

  Posted on June 15, 2015, by

GNRHS members explore the GN north of Spokane

East portal of tunnel #1
East portal of tunnel #1 north of Curlew.

The Ferry County Historical Society in Republic, Washington and the nearby Curlew History Club invited GNRHS members who were working on a Reference Sheet to visit the area and explore the GN sites. A tour to this area after the 2016 Spokane convention was also being considered.

On Friday night May 29th GNRHS members Jerry Barsness, Bob Kelly, Mike Bartenstien, Cordell Newby, Ron Ferrel and John Langlot met with 25 local folks including one city councilman and one county commissioner to offer them help in preserving their and Great Northern history. They were very well received by the whole group, and were treated to the grand tour of the

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  Posted on June 14, 2015, by

GN Dome “Prairie View” Trip to the Twin Cities Convention CANCELLED

Ride the GN Dome Lounge ‘Prairie View’ Chicago – St. Paul
Ride GN Dome Lounge ‘Prairie View’ Chicago – St. Paul

The “Prairie View” trip from Chicago to St. Paul Friday July 17, returning to Chicago Thursday July 23 has been CANCELLED.

Please contact Zephyr Route with questions (click image for contact details).

  Posted on June 3, 2015, by


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The Kandiyohi County Historical Society at Willmar, Mn.
Train # 32 ran from Sandstone, Mn. To Willmar, Mn. and return daily except Sunday. Spicer is on the shore of Green Lake, the GN had a Ice House on this lake, 11 miles from Willmar. Green Lake was the 2nd most purest lake in the world, only one purer was in Switzerland. The ice taken from Green Lake was used in the water glasses in the dining cars of the Empire Builder and other GN Passenger Trains.
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Gary DuPrey, Mark Archambault and 23 others like this

Dave HickcoxI'm not buying the 2nd most purest lake in the world but it is a nice bit of folklore. Neat photo. Any idea why Sandstone would the the point of origin and finish for a passenger train/local freight?

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Gary Richard NelsonPassengers connected with Duluth Trains.

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Mary Hill diary, June 26, 1915: "Chicago. We arrived here on time. A Mr. Pitt from Burlington Road met us (Auntie and me). Gertie called on her mother at the Blackstone where we had 3 hours between trains. At 12:45 we boarded the 20th Century train for New York. At Toledo I received a message from S...

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Kurt Einar ArmbrusterNeat! A big, big man. Always really dug how his portrait hung in Great Northern dining cars. His legacy will never be erased.

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