Great Northern Railway Historical Society

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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

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

Steam Locomotives Of The Great Northern Railway Sells Out !

GNRHS Store has sold the final copy of the Steam Locomotives of the Great Northern Railway.  At this time there is no plans to reprint the book.


  Posted on March 15, 2018, by


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