Great Northern Railway Historical Society

    Important: Membership Secretary Contact Info

    Duane Sebelius, our Membership Secretary, is currently recovering in hospital. Until he is back on his feet Mary McGlothlin is happy to take your Membership inquiries at Please also see the new mailing address on the Membership page.

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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The Great Northern Railway Historical Society will be holding its 2017 Convention in Sioux Falls, SD from September 16 to 20. We are looking for presenters for this convention. If you have information or knowledge to share with your fellow GN Members or if you know someone who would be a good presenter, we would like to hear from you.

Presentations are about 45 minutes in length with a 10 minute question and answer period. This is a volunteer presentation in the presenters are not compensated for their appearance; the presenter must also register for the GN Convention.

Any GN history or modeling topic is welcome; however, we would like to focus some presentations on the history of the Great Northern Railway in and around the western Minnesota area into Sioux Falls and the South Dakota lines.

Please submit, in writing or via e-mail, a title and brief description of the presentation you would propose to deliver. We would appreciate receiving this information by June 30, 2016. This information should be submitted to:

Mary McGlothlin, National Convention Officer
16772 W Holly ST
Goodyear AZ 85395-2569

  Posted on February 7, 2016, by

Update on GNRHS Membership Secretary

Duane Sebelius, our GNRHS Membership Secretary, was taken seriously ill in December. He remains hospitalized at this time at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis MN

Until Duane is able to return home and feels well enough to resume his Membership Secretary duties, Mary McGlothlin has agreed to take on Membership functions. Mary will be handling all new and renewal memberships and will be available to answer membership questions. Mail can be directed to Mary at:

GNRHS Membership Services
16772 W Holly St
Goodyear AZ 85395-2569

Mary can be reached by telephone at 406-270-6758 or by e-mail at “”

We hope for Duane’s complete recovery and we are all thinking of Duane and his family at this very difficult time. If you wish to send Duane a get-well message, cards can be sent to:

Duane Sebelius
c/o Jen Rodriquez
3205 15th St SE
Minot ND 58701

  Posted on February 7, 2016, by

2016 Spokane Convention Update

2016 Spokane Convention
2016 Spokane Convention

Preliminary information about the Spokane Convention, September 17-21, and the post convention circle tour, September 22-24, has been added to the website.

This includes an update on the information posted in the December 2015 Goat.

Please check the event page for more.


  Posted on February 2, 2016, by


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Brian PorterLove the Big Sky Blue paint scheme.

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Michael SalusI'm nuts, I miss it. Those sunny 70 degree days, switching on the lead... I really miss it. I miss the guys....

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Harriet EvansI like the train too it reminds me of our dad's.

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Sandpoint ID (Sorry for my error)
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Chad PetersonNot Floodwood it appears as the depot doesn't end in OD but NT

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Steve HartSandpoint, ID Here's another Doug Wingfield photo from

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Steve Hart2015 photo. The ex-GN track in front is now UP.

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Chad PetersonCorrect location. .sorry I brought it up but I live near Floodwood, Mn

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