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Welcome to the GNRHS home page.  Our Society 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, member discounts on models, books, CDs and
other items, and an annual
convention to discover all that is GN.  Join GNRHS!

Visit the GNRHS Store for GN kits, books, CDs, clothing and more!

   NEW: 2015 Calendar, 'Cascadian' observation car and MILW baggage car, used on GN's Fast Mail, in stock!
   Also available is GN engineer George Leu's fascinating memoir "A Hoghead’s Random Railroad Reminiscences".
   Back in stock is the GN Skykomish depot HO scale kit.
   Also back in stock is the 2010 Glacier Park Convention DVD.

Twin Cities Convention'2015 Twin Cities Convention

The 2015 convention will be held in Minneapolis, MN and will feature a trip behind our own Great Northern SD45 #400 'Hustle Muscle'. Convention information is available in the March Goat.

Online registration is now open!

Please note: The registration form included in the March Goat has an unfortunate typo in the price for the Convention Cap. These are $15 each, not $5. The Online Registration and Registration Form downloadable here have the correct pricing.

Click here to register online. Normal Registration will close June 20, 2015.

Hotel Info

Our hotel is the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis. Convention room rate is $109 + tax for a traditional room; call the hotel directly at 1-612-331-1900 and ask for Great Northern Railway Convention rate. Rate is good for the Friday before the convention begins (July 17) through Wednesday, the 22nd.

Earl Currie Limited

The “Earl Currie Limited” train trip on July 18, 2015, as advertised in the March Goat, has had to be revised due to financial complications with one of the trip partners. An alternative route trip will be operated based out of the Minnesota Transportation Museum’s Osceola, Wisconsin, facility. Our GN SD-45 #400 will share duty with MTM’s SDP unit hauling 6 former GN cars.

Trip registration will be separate from the GNRHS convention registration. It will be handled through the online Company Store once all details and cost are finalized. A mailing address will be provided for those preferring to pay by check.

Please indicate your interest in an email-update (this is not a commitment) by sending an email to Jeff Otto:

You will be notified by email and via the GNRHS website of the finalized details and cost. This should be known in early April.

Travel to the Convention in Style!

Ride ex Great Northern dome lounge "Prairie View" from Chicago to St. Paul Friday July 17, returning to Chicago Thursday July 23. Round trip and one way reservations available!

Don't miss out on this Great Dome opportunity! Book now!

Click on the image for more information.

'Hustle Muscle' to operate on the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Ry this summer

GN SD45 #400 'Hustle Muscle'The Board is excited to announce that the GNRHS has entered into an agreement with the Minnesota Transportation Museum to allow for the use of our Great Northern SD45 #400 'Hustle Muscle' on their excursions trains out of Osceola, Wisconsin starting this summer. This agreement will allow Hustle Muscle to "stretch her legs" keeping her in operational condition.

The 1966 EMD-built locomotive will be used on a steady basis for the benefit of both organizations, and will often be seen alongside her EMD production-line companion Great Northern SDP40 #325. The engines builder numbers are actually only one number apart (builder no's 31597 and 31598).

The agreement with MTM will last through October 31, 2016.

Please keep an eye on this website and the MTM website for schedule information.


GNRHS 2015 Helena ConventionGNRHS 2014 Convention a resounding success!

The 2014 GNRHS Convention was held at Helena, Montana from Saturday, July 12th to Wednesday, July 16th. A great time was had by all. Please check out Lindsay Korst's Helena Convention Report on his website, to relive it all again, or to get an idea of what our great conventions have to offer.

Our next convention will be held in the Twin Cities July 18-22, 2015 at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis, MN. Join us there! For more info check back here or in the Goat magazine in March 2015.


The latest GNRHS Goat Magazine:

The Great Northern Goat Magazine is published quarterly in March, June, September
and December of each year. Included with each magazine are several Reference Sheets
and a Modelers' Page. Meet the staff!

Hustle Muscle starred at the return of Amtrak to SPUD

Wednesday May 10th, National Train Day, marked the official celebration of Amtrak returning passenger service to St. Paul Union Depot.

GN 400 Hustle Muscle St. Paul Union Depot

The GNRHS and the Minnesota Transportation Museum were present with a train featuring our Great Northern SD-45 #400 "Hustle Muscle" and MTM's Great Northern coach 1213.

For photos click here.

Hustle Muscle visits Albertville, MN for a BNSF Employee Picnic

On August 23, 2012, GNRHS-owned SD45 GN 400 'Hustle Muscle', visited Albertville, MN for the BNSF Employees Picnic held there. Please visit the Hustle Muscle page for more information and photos.

GN 400 at Albertville, MN

Hustle Muscle normally resides at the Minnesota Transportation Museum Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul, MN where she's on display and being used to give caboose rides. Please check with the museum for times and availability.

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Last Update: February 20, 2015