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

Presidents Letter June 2016

Hello Everyone,
First, I would like to welcome our newest Board member, Scott Tanner, who was elected by the membership to replace retiring Board member, Bill Sornsin. Scott has served on the GNRHS Board in the past and I look forward to working with him over the next six years. I would also like to thank all those who voted to allow me to continue to serve you, the membership, for the next 6 years. As always if you have any questions or concerns regarding the direction of the GNRHS or suggestions for the Board, please contact any of us at any time. Our email address is in the Goat as well as on the web site.
As you may be aware from my message in the January Goat, our membership secretary Duane Sebelius was extremely ill and at the University of Minnesota hospital fighting a battle with pancreatitis. The hope at that time was for steady improvement and eventually coming home. Unfortunately, Duane is still in the hospital and still in the ICU at the U of M fighting all of the complications involved in this illness. If you would like to keep up on Duane’s progress, the family maintains a Caring Bridge site with constant updates for everyone.
This will be the last Goat before our convention in Spokane, Washington. Consider attending the convention coming up in September and enjoy the company of other Great Northern buffs as well as GN history through presentations and tours of the Great Northern around the Spokane area. John Langlot and the local workers have put together a busy and very interesting convention. The March GOAT had an extensive summary of the convention’s offerings and some of that information is summarized in this edition of the GOAT. Tours are filling so please register soon to assure yourself a spot. Besides the tours, most of the presentations have been geared to the branch lines around the Spokane area with a look into their history, use and abandonment. Get your hotel space before our block is released to take advantage of special convention rates.
I hope everyone has a great summer and Mary and I hope to see you in Spokane in September.


  Posted on June 25, 2016, by

June GNRHS Goat has shipped

GNRHS Goat June 2016
GNRHS Goat June 2016

The June 2016 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.

Consider joining today to get this issue and other great GNRHS products at a discount. Join here!

  Posted on June 23, 2016, by

Convention ‘Tracing the GN in Spokane’ tour extra places available

2016 Spokane Convention
2016 Spokane Convention

Due to the overwhelming interest in the Monday ‘Tracing the GN in Spokane’ tour we have explored the possibility of adding an extra bus. We do have an extra bus on hold but need more people to sign up to make it feasible.

If you haven’t registered yet and want to come to the Spokane Convention please register now. If you have already registered but not selected the Monday ‘Tracing the GN in Spokane’ tour and still want to take this tour please access the online registration form again. Enter your name and the names of those going on the tour with you, select the tour and choose ‘Add-on’ for the registration fee to prevent being charged the fee again. Then add to cart and go to checkout as usual.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Spokane!

  Posted on June 18, 2016, by


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