Great Northern Railway Historical Society

    Go see Great Northern #400 ‘Hustle Muscle’ in action!

    'Hustle Muscle', our GN #400 SD45 diesel locomotive, has returned to Osceola, WI for another season of excursions on the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway.

    See our mighty SD45 in action while enjoying the ride on original Great Northern passenger cars. 'Hustle Muscle' is currently scheduled to run April 26 - June 25 and September 10 - October 10 (subject to change).

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

Ride the Great Northern and Cascade Railway

GN 410, a 2-6-0, basks in the sun at Skykomish depot.

GN 410, a 2-6-0, basks in the sun at Skykomish depot.

Saturday, April 30th, 2016 is opening day for the GN&C Railway in Skykomish, Washington. This miniature railway offers free rides to the public every weekend, 10am-4pm between now and November 1st.

Steam up! On the raised service tracks.

Steam up! On the raised service tracks.

The Railway is run by a non-profit group of volunteers who bring their own engines and equipment up to Sky to operate on the line. Watch them as they “steam up” their locomotives on the raised servicing tracks, then take a ride along the 2,700 feet of track (plans are for over a mile of track eventually).

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  Posted on April 28, 2016, by

2016 Spokane Convention Timecard Updated

2016 Spokane Convention
2016 Spokane Convention

An updated version of the Timecard for the 2016 Spokane Convention is now available. See also the Convention Info for additional information and register online or by mail.

Normal registration closes August 12th.

  Posted on March 30, 2016, by

New products added to the Company Store

HO Scale Culverts and Retaining Walls
HO Scale Culverts and Retaining Walls

The GNRHS is happy to announce several new products in the Company Store.

Available now are a Glacier Park Apron and several HO scale culverts and retaining walls.

The HO scale culverts come in three versions:

  • Large wood culverts
  • Small wood culverts
  • Small concrete culverts


The HO scale retaining walls are available in two versions:

  • Cut stone retaining wall
  • Concrete precast retaining wall.

All are cast in resin and have been modelled after prototype drawings and specifications.

Check out the Scenery section of the GNRHS Company Store for more information.

Glacier Park Apron

Glacier Park Apron

The Glacier Park 3 Pocket Apron is great for modeling.

Keep small tools and nut and bolts in the pockets for easy access. Comes with patch depicting Glacier National Park. Also great for your summer BBQ!

Check it out in the Apparel section of the GNRHS Company Store.

  Posted on March 26, 2016, by


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