Great Northern Railway Historical Society

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

2018 Bellingham Convention includes B.C. tour


Former Great Northern depot, Bellingham, WA.

Having previously visited in 1996, GNRHS once more held its convention in Bellingham, Washington. Highlights included tours of the Bellingham area and an all-day venture into Canada where we visited the ex-GN depot at White Rock, the Cloverdale interurban museum and the Burnaby Central miniature railway in Confederation Park.

There was a wide range of presentations for attendees to enjoy such as: Pacific Coast Railroad by Dave Sprau, Shipping Planes On Trains by Andrew Klamka, Dispatching West Coast Lines by Mark Meyer & Dave Sprau and Early Bellingham Railroads by Don Pavia to name just a few.

Sunday’s Rail Fair featured an enormous modular On30 layout (the Moose Creek Logging Company) as well as the usual GN-related paraphernalia available for purchase.

Capping off the convention was the Wednesday night banquet. Society Awards were presented, and then the famous raffle featuring GN prizes galore.

We hope to see you again next year in Fargo – July 20-24!

Don Pavia and Bob Kelly interpret the GN in Fairhaven.
Southbound BNSF oil train at Taylor Street dock, Fairhaven.
Ben having way too much fun.
Tom, Chris and Pete at Bellingham GN depot.
Watching the Rocky Mountaineer from the bus at Blanchard.
Blanchard GN depot.
Lunch stop at Sedro-Woolley.
Former NP-GN diamond at Sedro-Woolley.
GN caboose X-87 at Sedro Woolley.
Boarding "Chinook" for evening dinner cruise.
Northbound BNSF coal train from the "Chinook".
Evening dinner cruise crowd shot.
The Tanners and Chinquists on board the "Chinook".
The Moose Creek Logging Company layout at Rail Fair.
Lindsay is taking our picture again!
Andrew Klamka presentation.
Watching a presentation.
Richard Yaremko and Dale Sanders presentation.
Watching a presentation.
Dave Sprau and Mark Meyer presentation.
Southbound BNSF freight at White Rock depot.
Crowd shot at Cloverdale museum.
Riding BC Electric #1304 "Connaught".
BC Electric #1304 "Connaught" suns itself among the wildflowers.
BC Electric #1207 "Steveston".
Cloverdale Museum car barn.
 
Riding the Burnaby Central.
Riding the Burnaby Central.
Steve Eckman holds forth at table.
Banquet table of GNRHS members.
Ken Middleton lifetime membership award.
Webmaster Ben Ringnalda is presented with the Hustle Muscle award.
Bev Tracy with Scott and Jan Tanner.
Steve, Bob & Mary draw raffle prize tickets.
North Bank Line donated a brass HO GN O-1 class 2-8-2 locomotive as one of the raffle prizes.

  Posted on October 22, 2018, by


Trainfest Celebrates the Great Northern Railway

Trainfest GN Display
Trainfest GN Display

It already has become a tradition that Trainfest honors the contribution railroads have made to history. This year the Celebrate-a-Railroad program features the Great Northern Railway.

In cooperation with volunteers from the Great Northern Railway Historical Society, Trainfest offers special issue collectibles and has created a high-quality historical exhibit with plenty of photos highlighting the history of the Great Northern Railway.

Representatives of the Great Northern Railway Historical Society will be present at Trainfest – America’s Largest Operating Model Railroad Show – in Milwaukee, WI with a booth representing the GNRHS. Our volunteers will be ready to answer your questions about the GNRHS, benefits and membership. Stop by and say hello!

More information on the Great Northern Celebrate-a-Railroad program can be found on the Trainfest website.

Trainfest is held in Milwaukee, WI – November 10 – 11, 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Wisconsin Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park
8200 W. Greenfield Avenue
West Allis, WI

  Posted on October 22, 2018, by


The GNRHS Needs You!

We Need You To Volunteer!
To Volunteer!

The GNRHS is looking for volunteers to fill several open officer positions, as well as help on various committees and help at our archives. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the following positions, please go to: http://gnrhs.org/volunteers for more detailed information on the position.

President – position will be open at the close of the GNRHS Fargo Convention in Summer 2019.

Goat Managing Editor – position will be open after the June 2019 Goat publication date.

Marketing Officer – Manage the Company Store, source new products, provide customer service. Position open December 2018.

National Convention Officer – Will need to start initial planning of the 2021 Convention soon (in 2018).

Assistant Webmaster – Help maintain the GNRHS website and GNRHS Store software.

Co-Membership Officer – Design and manage recruitment initiatives including train show presence.

Volunteer Coordinator – welcome aspiring volunteers and match them up with the correct department within the GNRHS.

Modeling Committee Member – Help run the Modelers’ Pages and new modeling products for the Company Store.

Archive Volunteers – Jackson Street Roundhouse Archives – St. Paul, MN and PNRA Archives, Burien WA – Help in cataloging our large GN Archive holdings.

More detailed information on these positions is available at: http://gnrhs.org/volunteers

Your Society runs with the assistance of volunteers and we REALLY need your help. If you are a member in good standing and would like to assist, we would like to have you.

Contact the GNRHS President, Don McGlothln, to volunteer or if you have questions about any of these positions.

  Posted on October 7, 2018, by


 

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Trainfest opens tomorrow Nov. 10 at 9:00 am and goes through Sunday Nov. 11. Stop to visit the GNRHS table next to the Celebrate a Railroad display. The display is top notch as a lot of work went into preparing for these two days. Please check it out. We'd love to visit with all GN fans. ... See MoreSee Less

Trainfest opens tomorrow Nov. 10 at 9:00 am and goes through Sunday Nov. 11. Stop to visit the GNRHS table next to the Celebrate a Railroad display. The display is top notch as a lot of work went into preparing for these two days. Please check it out. Wed love to visit with all GN fans.

 

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Where is Trainfest??

We got it set up this eve.

Wish I could afford to go next year for sure

Robert Knippel this is what I was telling you about.

Go Great ! Go Great Northern Railway

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Great Northern Railway Historical Society

Robert Hanmer will present on the Great Northern's Mesabi Iron Range at Trainfest Nov 10 & 11.
The GN’s Mesabi Division was a great money-maker for the railroad throughout history. The reason was the high volume of high tonnage trains hauling iron ore from the Mesabi iron range to the Lake Superior shores in Superior, Wisconsin. This clinic will focus on the specialized transport of iron ore on the Great Northern in the late 1950s and how it is modeled. Ore handling practices on the Duluth, Mesabi, and Iron Range…
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Robert Hanmer will present on the Great Northerns Mesabi Iron Range at Trainfest Nov 10 & 11.
The GN’s Mesabi Division was a great money-maker for the railroad throughout history. The reason was the high volume of high tonnage trains hauling iron ore from the Mesabi iron range to the Lake Superior shores in Superior, Wisconsin. This clinic will focus on the specialized transport of iron ore on the Great Northern in the late 1950s and how it is modeled. Ore handling practices on the Duluth, Mesabi, and Iron Range…Image attachment

 

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Please note the gentleman's last name is Hanmer with an n.

Gary. Looks like an interesting presentation. Where is this taking place? Might have to sit in if there is room.

Sorry for the typo.

Model Railroading Great Northern’s Willmar Division

Joel Weeks will illustrate and describe his model railroad based upon the Great Northern’s Willmar Division in Minnesota during the late 1960s. Second generation diesels in both the Empire Builder orange and green and in the Big Sky power grain and merchandise trains.

At Trainfest Nov. 10 & 11 www.trainfest.com/
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Model Railroading Great Northern’s Willmar Division

Joel Weeks will illustrate and describe his model railroad based upon the Great Northern’s Willmar Division in Minnesota during the late 1960s. Second generation diesels in both the Empire Builder orange and green and in the Big Sky power grain and merchandise trains.

At Trainfest Nov. 10 & 11  https://www.trainfest.com/
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