Great Northern Railway Historical Society


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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

Monarch Neihart Historical Group awarded GNRHS Heritage Fund grant

Monarch, MT depot
Monarch, MT depot

The Monarch Neihart Historical Group has been awarded a $750 grant from the GNRHS Heritage Fund to erect a kiosk at the Monarch, MT depot which they are planning to restore. The kiosk will be used to post historical information and pictures in addition to updates on the restoration efforts to the Great Northern depot.

MNHG, Inc is An 501(c)3 non-profit Montana Corporation. Their mission is to promote and preserve the history of the local settlers, miners, loggers, ranchers and the railroad industry. MNHG’s first goal is to restore the 1902 Monarch Great Northern depot, making it an interpretive center where the rich history of the area can be preserved and shown.

Check out MNHG’s website: for updates, map & events, and make sure to watch the late 1930s/1940 home movie of a Neihart-Great Falls train ride featuring GN steam and brand-new FT 5600.

  Posted on May 19, 2015, by

Ride ex GN Dome “Prairie View” to the Twin Cities Convention – Reservations Deadline Extended

Reservations deadline extended to June 17th!

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!

What a great way to start and/or end the GNRHS 2015 Twin Cities Convention!

Round Trip: $399
One Way: $200

Don’t miss out on this Great Dome opportunity! For booking info click the image below. Book now!

Ride GN Dome Lounge 'Prairie View'

Ride the GN Dome Lounge ‘Prairie View’ Chicago – St. Paul

  Posted on May 10, 2015, by

‘Hustle Muscle’ starred at National Train Day in St. Paul

Hustle Muscle at National Train Day 2015 in St. Paul
Hustle Muscle at National Train Day 2015 in St. Paul

GNRHS owned Great Northern SD45 #400 ‘Hustle Muscle’ starred at St. Paul Union Depot in St. Paul, MN.

She was on display for the National Train Day festivities, together with Great Northern coach #1213 owned by the Minnesota Transportation Museum. Present also were BNSF Railway with GE ES44C4 #8143 and a train made up of cars from the Friends of 261, including former Milwaukee Road Super Dome #53.

About 4000 people enjoyed seeing and hearing about Hustle Muscle and had a great time touring the engine and cars.

Later that day ‘Hustle Muscle’ moved under its own power to Osceola, WI with #1213 in tow, where they will be used on the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway tourist train. Expect to see ‘Hustle Muscle’ in regular service starting in early July.

  Posted on May 10, 2015, by


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"I've made my mark on the surface of the earth and they can't wipe it out" Empire Builder James J. Hill died 99 years ago today at age 77 in his Summit Avenue home, May 29, 1916.

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Kurt Einar ArmbrusterFar from infallible, but still the greatest of America's railroad leaders.9 hours ago   ·  1
John J SmithGreat Canadian boy.5 hours ago   ·  1
Chad PetersonA Minnesota icon what a man.10 hours ago
Gregg S. DunphyHe died needlesly from gangrenous hemorrhoids, take care of your health, folks!9 hours ago
Matthew HorstmanJim!4 hours ago
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From Ray Rolfe: Here are two more photos I fished out of the library of congress, then made composites of. I feel like a time traveler, using fancy technology to recover these historic perspectives.:)

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Mark TaylorVery cool!4 hours ago
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Well, it's a very recent throwback #TBT, but here's a video showing the Great Northern 400 Hustle Muscle and a vintage Empire Builder coach arriving at Union Depot from Minnesota OSCVR Transportation Museum for Train Day.

GN 424 with BN number Tacoma WA
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Gary Richard NelsonBig Power, 3 of these on Trains # 97 & # 82, Fastest Freights on the Great Northern Railway. 10,800 HP Combined.2 days ago

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