Great Northern Railway Historical Society


2017 GNRHS Sioux Falls Convention registration now open

2017 Sioux Falls Convention
2017 Sioux Falls Convention

Registration for the 2017 Convention in Sioux Falls, SD, , September 16 to 20,  is now open.

The 2017 convention will focus on the history of the Great Northern in the Sioux Falls area with tours and presentations.

Presentations will cover the Early Railroads of S.D, and GN Development in the State, GN’s Willmar to Sioux City Line, The Watertown and Sioux Falls Railroad Company and much more.

Saturday’s tour will take us to the Prairie Village in Madison, SD where you can explore life on the prairie visiting old buildings, along with a visit to the old Great Northern/Milwaukee Road Wentworth, SD depot and enjoy the Village’s railroad with its own 0-6-0 and 0-4-0 steam engines as well as a beautifully restored chapel car.

There will be two non-rail tours during the convention, one to the Old Courthouse Museum, Pettigrew House and Cathedral of St. Joseph, and the other which will take us on an Excursion to Falls Park, 8th and Railroad St Shoppes and Wine/Beer Tasting at Prairie Berry.

On Tuesday we will tour the Milwaukee Road Shops Historic District and see beautifully restored Great Northern H-5 4-6-2 #1355 in Sioux City, IA.

No convention would be complete without our famous Model Railroad Tour, this time to a local club layout and two private layouts.

Please see the Convention Info page for detailed information, the timecard and registration.

See you in Sioux Falls in September!

  Posted on March 14, 2017, by

March GNRHS Goat has shipped

GNRHS Goat 170
GNRHS Goat 170

The March 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.

Consider joining today to get the Goat included FREE in your membership, and to get other great GNRHS products at a discount. Join here!

  Posted on March 14, 2017, by

December 2016 Presidents Message

Fellow Goats,
As I write this, we have just finished the second most attended convention in GNRHS history. Ranking just behind the 2010 Glacier Park Convention, 250+ members, spouses and significant others were in attendance at Spokane. Mary McGlothlin has a report in this issue of the Goat summarizing our 2016 convention and some of its highlights.
This was Ed Erickson’s last convention as our National Convention Officer and, on behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank him for his time and work over the last 6 years. Many thanks to Ben Ringnalda who worked long distance from the Netherlands to put together very successful tour on the GN in Spokane. Finally, I would like to thank our Spokane Local Chairman and Vice President, John Langlot, who put in over 4 years of work arranging tours, working with local vendors on various items and running all over Spokane making sure that all of our attendees would enjoy their time at the convention.
The time card for next year’s convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is starting to fill out and if you have never attended one of our get togethers, please consider coming and spending some time with fellow members learning about the Great Northern’s history and just having some fun.
The summary board minutes are included in this Goat; please read them over and if you have any questions, please contact me or any of the board members and we will get back to you right away.
As in past conventions, the Board handed out several awards to recognize those individuals who have given their time and efforts to the GNRHS. The first award was the Empire Builder Award which is given to a Great Northern Railway veteran for service to the Society; Mac McCulloch was the recipient this year. Rocky Award recipients this year for their service to the Society were Bob Showers, Mike Bartenstein and Mary McGlothlin; congratulations and thank you each for your hard work making the GNRHS a successful organization. As of the writing of this note, the Board is still in discussion regarding awards for the Heritage Fund, so I will include information on those awards in my March 2017 letter.
Last month we had another of our officers suffer a serious illness. Chuck Hatler, our reference sheet editor, suffered a serious stroke and is presently recovering at home. If you would like to send him a get well note you can reach him at his home, 8627 NE 75 Terrace., Kansas City MO. 64185.
If you are interested in contributing to the Goat magazine our editor, Ed Stankard, would welcome your contribution. The article does not have to be as long as a reference sheet and personal stories are the ideal. If you are interested, contact our editor at or by phone at 913-227-9383.
Finally, as we come to the Holiday Season and the close of another year, I would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays, a joyous Christmas and a very Happy New Year.


  Posted on December 12, 2016, by

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