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 things Great Northern. Learn more.

For researchers the GNRHS Archives hold historic photos and documents on a wide range of Great Northern subjects.

For a quick overview of all GNRHS has to offer, explore the menu above. JOIN GNRHS now!

Latest News

Welcome to our newest officers, Paul O’Neil and Gary Thurow

Continuing our tradition of Canadian secretaries, Paul hails from Alberta and succeeds Thomas Carr. We thank Tom for his years of service, and he’ll continue serving on the GNRHS board through 2025. Welcome Paul!

Gary Thurow of Spokane, WA is our new Vice-President, succeeding Dan Bolyard, who we also thank for his service. Gary has been on the Membership Recruitment for some time and is a familiar face at Northwest train shows hosting the GNRHS table.

If you have some spare time and would like to help the GNRHS, we’re always looking for volunteers. If you enjoy events and hosting, you might consider assisting Mary McGlothlin with convention planning and operations. Mac McCulloch could use some help with the online store, which utilizes Shopify software and is pretty interesting for those inclined to online tools. Reach out to or respectively.

  Posted on January 23, 2024, by

The December Goat is out, and GNRHS store has a sale!

Most members will see it in your mailboxes in the coming week. Digital subscribers will receive your download link shortly. This issue features a variety of articles along with Reference Sheet 437 on GN Telephony plus another issue of Modeler’s Pages focused on model railroad operations.

The GNRHS Company Store is open for the holidays with kits, books, apparel and more, plus a special Christmas Sale on many items.

  Posted on December 8, 2023, by

September Goat Update

The printer informs us of a slight delay in mailing, but hopes to get your Goats into the mail by Friday 9/8 or early the following week. Digital subscribers will receive their copies on 9/8. As always, if you don’t see it be sure to check your spam or junk email folders, and set “” as a trusted domain if your email service allows.

  Posted on September 7, 2023, by

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