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.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    The correct phone number for the convention hotel is: 1-360-671-1011
    Post-Convention Tour Registration must be in by July 18

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

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


2018 GNRHS Bellingham Convention registration now open

2018 Bellingham Convention
2018 Bellingham Convention

Registration for the 2018 Convention in Bellingham, WA, September 15 to 19,  is now open.

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

This year also features a Post Convention Tour September 20 – 22 to visit the West Coast Railway Association’s Heritage Park and the Britannia Mine in British Columbia.

Our convention headquarters will be the Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel.

The convention now features the NEW Model Display where members can bring their models for show and tell. This event replaces the Model and Photo Contest and will be held at the same time as the Railfair.

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

Registration closes August 10th.

See you in Bellingham in September!

  Posted on April 1, 2018, by


 

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Red River Division
Houston Subdivision
MP168.5 - Flynn House Track
Flynn, Texas, USA
23 May 2018 - 16:15 CDT

GN #174419 - [Class GTS Hi Side Gondola Tie Service]

This High Sided gon along with two ATSF hoppers (bay doors permanently shut) and one modern BNSF gondola were set out on the Flynn House Track sometime in the wee hours of the morning. All are currently in captured BNSF MOW service.

There is a good sized pile of pulled cross ties just north of town, so I wonder if these are here to haul them away. Needless to say, this classic is in the consist and warranted a few images:

ATSF #178601 [Hopper Class GA-206]
BNSF #967179 - Gondola
GN #174419 - [Hi Side Gondola Tie Service - Class GTS]
ATSF #80904 [Hopper Class GA-181]

© 2018 - Phantastic Pherroequinology by Philip M. Goldstein
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Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Red River Division
Houston Subdivision
MP168.5 - Flynn House Track
Flynn, Texas, USA
23 May 2018 - 16:15 CDT

GN #174419 - [Class GTS Hi Side Gondola Tie Service]

This High Sided gon along with two ATSF hoppers (bay doors permanently shut) and one modern BNSF gondola were set out on the Flynn House Track sometime in the wee hours of the morning. All are currently in captured BNSF MOW service.

There is a good sized pile of pulled cross ties just north of town, so I wonder if these are here to haul them away. Needless to say, this classic is in the consist and warranted a few images:

ATSF #178601 [Hopper Class GA-206]
BNSF #967179 - Gondola
GN #174419 - [Hi Side Gondola Tie Service - Class GTS]
ATSF #80904 [Hopper Class GA-181]

© 2018 - Phantastic Pherroequinology by Philip M. Goldstein

 

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Very nice to see one with original GN markings and logo. More of these former woodchip cars have been seen in tie service.

This topic makes me wonder again about the people, too. I know it's been 48 years now since the merger, but I wonder if anyone hired on wth the GN prior to the merger at, say, the age of 20, and is still working for BNSF (about 68 years old now). I suspect it's highly unlikely, but I've always been curious if we could learn who was the last of the GN hires to retire from railroading.

Wow!!! I have not seen a great northern car of any kind anywhere since 1996. I'm about to go back to Marias Pass again this summer and stay at the Izaak Walton Inn for a week. I hope that maybe somewhere I might see one along the line somewhere still. I'm not holding my breath.

Superior WI 1949
GNRHS Archives Keyes collection
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GNRHS Archives Keyes collection

 

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4-10-4?

From www.steamlocomotives.com. The first "Santa Fe" type locomotives to be put on the Great Northern Railway roster were thirty locomotives built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1923. This group of 2-10-2s became Class Q-1 on the GN and they were assigned road numbers 2100 through 2129. The locomotives had 63" diameter drivers, 31" x 32" cylinders, a 210 psi boiler pressure, they exerted 87,130 pounds of tractive effort and each weighed 428,340 pounds. The Q-1 2-10-2s were big in every respect, they had the Belpaire firebox. 15" piston valves, and lots of weight on the drivers. Their tube & flues had large diameters and the 60 superheater flues were among the most in any boiler. A smallish grate area meant much less to an oil-fired class and they had few rivals in the adhesion weight they could throw into hauling a train. These oil burners were delivered with 284 sq ft of heating surface in the firebox, 115 square feet of heating surface in the combustion chamber and 5,075 square feet heating surface of tubes for a total of 5,474 square feet, and later 39 square feet of arch tubes were added. The superheater surface added another 1,318 square feet. A trailing-truck booster was added to twenty-five of the Q-1 which added 12,200 pounds to the tractive effort. Numbers 2110, 2113, 2114, 2115 and 2118 did not receive the booster. In 1928, the Great Northern built fifteen 2-10-2s from fifteen Lima-built 4-8-2s which were GN numbers 1750 through 1764. These new "Santa Fes", numbered 2175 through 2189, had 63" diameter drivers, 29" x 32" cylinders, a 210 psi boiler pressure, they exerted 76,250 pounds of tractive effort and each weighed 364,000 pounds. The Class Q-2 rebuilds kept their long boilers with Belpaire firebox stretched by a combustion chamber. Everything else from the internal arrangement of tubes and flues to the number and diameter of drivers changed as did their service from heavy passenger to drag freight. The fire box with arch tubes heating surface was 272 square feet, the combustion chamber added another 90 square feet making a total heating surface of 4,825 square feet and a superheater added another 1,184 square feet. There are no surviving GN 2-10-2 "Santa Fe" type locomotives.

21st St. viaduct. in the background?

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