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.
December 2017 Goat
The December 2017 GNRHS Goat package has shipped to our Members.
See its contents.
Copies of this issue are available for purchase through our Company Store for both members as well as non-members.
NEW! The December 2017 Goat is also available as a digital download (PDF).
Consider joining today to get the Goat included FREE in your membership, and to get other great GNRHS products at a discount. Join here!
GNRHS BN Veteran Membership
The Great Northern Railway Historical Society is now welcoming veterans of the Burlington Northern Railway to join and renew at the same reduced Veteran membership rate as it’s offering Great Northern veterans.
The GNRHS recognises the close ties between the Burlington Northern and its predecessor railroad, the Great Northern, as well as the values and memories veterans of both railroads share.
The GNRHS welcomes all GN and BN veterans to share their memories of, or related to, the Great Northern Railway.
Please check out all the GNRHS has to offer and join the GNRHS. Our Veteran rate is only $20!
GNRHS members pose with Great Northern
Railway H-5 4-6-2 at Sioux City, IA.
Our GNRHS convention of 2017 was held for the first time in South Dakota. Attendees were treated to rides behind a hot, coal-fired 0-6-0 Lima steam engine and a visit with the lovingly-restored Great Northern Railway 1355 H-5 class, 4-6-2 at Sioux City, Iowa. Those who arrived early for the convention also enjoyed a tour of the Midwest Railcar Repair facility.
Our modelers enjoyed an evening’s visit to three separate local layouts as well as the modeling contest during Rail Fair. Convention speakers presented a wide variety of topics. We experienced everything from Operations on Jeff Otto’s Missabe Northern model railroad, Mark Meyer talking about BNSF locomotive distribution, and several features on GN lines and their predecessors in South Dakota up to present-day local BNSF operations.
The convention closed on Wednesday evening with the banquet featuring a talk by Mark Gjevre of BNSF about the upcoming Sioux Falls yard relocation project. There was also a brief presentation about next year’s Bellingham convention which will include two tours up into Canada to view GN’s legacy. Afterwards, the raffle prizes were distributed and another successful GNRHS convention came to a close.
We hope to see you all next September in Bellingham on the route of the Amtrak Cascades!
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