Great Northern Railway Historical Society

    Bellingham Convention Registration Open

    Registration for the 2018 GNRHS Convention in Bellingham, WA is open. Please check the Convention Info page for more information. Normal Registration closes August 10th.

    The Post-Convention Tour has been CANCELLED. We regret that we have had to cancel  due to low interest. Those who had already registered for this tour will be given a refund.

    PLEASE NOTEThe correct phone number for the convention hotel is: 1-360-671-1011

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.

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2018 GNRHS Bellingham Convention update

2018 Bellingham Convention
2018 Bellingham Convention

Registration for the Bellingham convention closes August 10th.

There are 4 weeks left to register. Please make sure to get your registration in before the closing date.

The 2018 convention will focus on the history of the Great Northern in upper Washington State and British Columbia with great tours and presentations.

The Post Convention Tour, September 20 – 22, has been CANCELLED due to insufficient interest. Those who have already registered for this tour will receive a refund.

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

See you in Bellingham in September!

  Posted on July 13, 2018, by


June GNRHS Goat has shipped

GNRHS Goat 175 June 2018
GNRHS Goat 175 June 2018

The June 2018 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.

NEW! The June 2018 Goat is also available as a digital download (PDF).

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 May 31, 2018, by


GNRHS honors radio historian with Rocky’s Award


Radio historian Elizabeth McLeod

The Great Northern Railway Historical Society relies heavily on the volunteerism of its members. Over the years, many people in our society have generously contributed their time, effort, and skills for the benefit of us all. Several years ago, the GNRHS Board of Directors determined that it was appropriate to recognize many of these members who have provided noteworthy support to the society, and to all who will follow us, in preserving and promoting the legacy of the Great Northern Railway. One such award is the Rocky’s Award, the purpose of which is to recognize individuals who have made “substantial contributions to the delivery of services, new developments and functioning of the organization.”

The Directors recently voted unanimously to confer a GNRHS Rocky’s Award to someone who is not a member of the society, Elizabeth McLeod.

 

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  Posted on April 14, 2018, by


 

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2 days ago

I have a route question for someone with knowledge around Aberdeen SD. From the GN depot in Aberdeen it appears the line traveled northeast into ND and eventually crossed into MN. Not sure where it traveled in the other direction. My understanding is the East-West line just north of the depot was the Milwaukee Road. The only other route that I can see would be for it to turn south just east of the MILW roundhouse head down to Redfield and then....? Is this correct? Did GN also use the MILW track? Thanks for any info. ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

I had to do this twice because this page will only allow one photo at a time. Found a great northern Big Sky Blue Hopper car in Essex Montana July of 2018. You can make out the lettering. ... See MoreSee Less

I had to do this twice because this page will only allow one photo at a time. Found a great northern Big Sky Blue Hopper car in Essex Montana July of 2018. You can make out the lettering.

4 days ago

Look what I found! July 2018 Essex Montana a great northern Big Sky Blue Hopper! You have to look extremely close. You can see bits and pieces of the big sky blue and Rocky and even somewhat make out the letters Great Northern. ... See MoreSee Less

Look what I found! July 2018 Essex Montana a great northern Big Sky Blue Hopper! You have to look extremely close. You can see bits and pieces of the big sky blue and Rocky and even somewhat make out the letters Great Northern.

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