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

Final Twin Cities Convention timecard posted

Final Twin Cities Convention timecard


Final Twin Cities Convention timecard

The final Twin Cities Convention timecard has been posted to the website.

All information on the Twin Cities Convention and the Earl Currie Limited train ride behind our own GN SD45 #400 ‘Hustle Muscle’ can be found on the website.

Late Registration is still available.

  Posted on July 2, 2015, by


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


 

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John Casperremember seeing alot of these when i was a kid, just hanging arounf the tracks.. late 60's

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Paul StammThat was my railroad as a kid.

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Ed MillerVery Nice I Wish I Had Been Born Sooner to see the GN

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Mike ShelleyAs a very young man in the '50's, I got a job with Railway Express in Bellingham, WA and on Monday mornings, I would make the rounds of banks and collect up the Canadian currency and take to the RR station and load it in the Great Northern Train bound for Vancouver B.C.

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Lake Minnetonka’s glory days began after the Great Northern Railway extended their line into Spring Park around 1882. More than fifteen trains per day pulled into Spring Park bringing hundreds of tourists. In 1885, James J. Hill opened Hotel Del Otero. Visitors either arrived by steamer to the hot...

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Gary Richard NelsonSuper Cool , Tom Thanks for sharing !

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Gary Richard NelsonJust down the road from , Lord Fletcher's on the Lake. So cool to work on the Hutch !

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A set of ex-GN ore F's approaches State Line Junction, WI, on 9-11-71. KEVIN PIPER COLLECTION

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Barry KlinetobeI would like to see more F units powering ore trains!

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