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

President’s Message March 2017

Fellow Goats,

As we enter a New Year, I hope that everyone has had a very joyous Holiday Season and an exciting New Year. As I have in the past, I would like to take time in this letter to ask the members to look at volunteering for the Society. Without volunteers and people who are interested in putting some of their spare time toward the Society, we would not be able to provide the services and events that all the members enjoy and have come to expect.

This year the Board of Directors will have three positions up for election. If you are interested in effecting how our Society operates and would like to have influence on future goals of the Society or if you believe that the Society should be going in a different direction, this is the time to consider running for a position on the Board. The Board will be establishing the election committee soon and will be soliciting candidates to run for office. If you have time and interest, please consider running for this office.

Would you like to work with our extensive archive collections cataloging and maintaining them for research? We have a position for you. The Jackson Street Roundhouse and the PNRA West Archives are always in need of members who can give time to work on cataloging our collections. Read more

  Posted on March 21, 2017, by

2017 GNRHS Sioux Falls Convention registration now open

2017 Sioux Falls Convention
2017 Sioux Falls Convention

Registration for the 2017 Convention in Sioux Falls, SD, , September 16 to 20,  is now open.

The 2017 convention will focus on the history of the Great Northern in the Sioux Falls area with tours and presentations.

Presentations will cover the Early Railroads of S.D, and GN Development in the State, GN’s Willmar to Sioux City Line, The Watertown and Sioux Falls Railroad Company and much more.

Saturday’s tour will take us to the Prairie Village in Madison, SD where you can explore life on the prairie visiting old buildings, along with a visit to the old Great Northern/Milwaukee Road Wentworth, SD depot and enjoy the Village’s railroad with its own 0-6-0 and 0-4-0 steam engines as well as a beautifully restored chapel car.

There will be two non-rail tours during the convention, one to the Old Courthouse Museum, Pettigrew House and Cathedral of St. Joseph, and the other which will take us on an Excursion to Falls Park, 8th and Railroad St Shoppes and Wine/Beer Tasting at Prairie Berry.

On Tuesday we will tour the Milwaukee Road Shops Historic District and see beautifully restored Great Northern H-5 4-6-2 #1355 in Sioux City, IA.

No convention would be complete without our famous Model Railroad Tour, this time to a local club layout and two private layouts.

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

See you in Sioux Falls in September!

  Posted on March 14, 2017, by

March GNRHS Goat has shipped

GNRHS Goat 170
GNRHS Goat 170

The March 2017 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 the Goat included FREE in your membership, and to get other great GNRHS products at a discount. Join here!

  Posted on March 14, 2017, by


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Lavern BlackburnLooks like a old one.

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Keith HopkinLove the lines on this beautiful locomotive.

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Harlan ChinnThis is my Aster S2 live steam model, I concur they are beautiful!!

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ST PAUL UNION DEPOT, caption reads "GN Train #27, with GN 2553 leaving St Paul" May 30, 1947
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