Great Northern Railway Historical Society


New Tour Option for 2017 Sioux Falls Convention

Midwest Railcar Repair
Midwest Railcar Repair


We have a NEW TOUR added to the convention agenda and a GREAT opportunity for those of you who may be arriving into Sioux Falls on Friday, September 15. MIDWEST RAIL CAR REPAIR has agreed to open its doors to the GNRHS for a tour of their facility.

Begun in 1954, Midwest Rail Car, Inc. has grown into a regional rail car repair leader. Their capabilities allow companies to bring a car for cleaning, qualification, interior lining, exterior paint, mechanical repair, inspection and testing. They offer Tank Car Repair, Tank Car Requalification, BOV and Safety Valve Reconditioning, Tank/Hopper & PD Car Cleaning, Interior Coating, Exterior Paint, Wreck Repairs and Maintenance & Repair Programs for their customers.

This Tour will load at the hotel at approximately 1:30 pm and return to the hotel at approximately 4:30 pm. Cost for the tour is $25. Please register SOON as space is limited to 56 persons.

The registration form in the June GOAT will reflect the addition of this tour. If you are registering in advance of receiving the June GOAT, please include a note on your registration form that you wish to be included in this tour and add your $25 payment for the tour to your convention total. You can also download the updated registration form from the website.

The online registration has been updated with this tour. If you want to add this tour to your existing reservation please use the convention registration form in the online store, enter the names of the participants and select the tour for them. Choose “Add-on” for the Registration Fee in order to not be charged the fee again. The tour will then be added by the National Conventions Officer to your existing registration.

If you have any questions, please contact the National Convention Officer at or at 406-270-6758.

  Posted on March 30, 2017, by

President’s Message March 2017

Fellow Goats,

As we enter a New Year, I hope that everyone has had a very joyous Holiday Season and an exciting New Year. As I have in the past, I would like to take time in this letter to ask the members to look at volunteering for the Society. Without volunteers and people who are interested in putting some of their spare time toward the Society, we would not be able to provide the services and events that all the members enjoy and have come to expect.

This year the Board of Directors will have three positions up for election. If you are interested in effecting how our Society operates and would like to have influence on future goals of the Society or if you believe that the Society should be going in a different direction, this is the time to consider running for a position on the Board. The Board will be establishing the election committee soon and will be soliciting candidates to run for office. If you have time and interest, please consider running for this office.

Would you like to work with our extensive archive collections cataloging and maintaining them for research? We have a position for you. The Jackson Street Roundhouse and the PNRA West Archives are always in need of members who can give time to work on cataloging our collections. Read more

  Posted on March 21, 2017, by

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

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