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

Visit the all-new GNRHS Store

Easier To Use

All-new software and layout makes it easier to use on all devices. Checkout is streamlined and you can use any credit card OR PayPal.

However, you will need to create a new account and password, and prior purchases made on the old system are not available.

More To See

Many new products to peruse including rolling stock and structure kits. And we now offer high-quality DIGITAL versions of our Reference Sheets and Modeler’s Pages, including various bundles by category (depots, box cars, passenger trains, etc)


Discounts For Members

Members receive a 10% discount on all merchandise, publications and apparel. If you’re a new member or otherwise haven’t received instructions on how to receive the discount, contact the Membership Secretary or Store manager.

Check it out!

  Posted on June 6, 2020, by

Nelson 2020 Convention POSTPONED

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the postponement of the GNRHS / CPHA Joint Convention scheduled for September 19 – 23, 2020 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson, BC, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic that is currently sweeping the globe, and impacting events such as ours everywhere.

The new dates are Sept 17 – 21, 2022. Please mark your calendars.

Our British Columbia Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has instructed that all big public gatherings, meetings, conferences, etc. are not to occur in 2020. This makes it impossible for us to proceed with our convention this year. She has presented the strong epidemiologic rationale for this decision, which we understand and accept.

Those of you who have registered already, thank you!! You will be reimbursed or have your undeposited cheques returned to you.

Those of you who booked hotel rooms in Nelson, they have advised us that they will cancel all the room bookings for this convention, unless they hear otherwise from you.

In the meantime, please stay healthy; let’s fight this nasty virus together by following the advice of the public health experts!! We remain committed to having a GNRHS convention in Nelson BC, and will work hard to make this happen for 2022.


Thomas and Francina Carr, Maple Ridge, British Columbia

GNRHS National Convention Officer & Registrar for Nelson 2020

  Posted on April 7, 2020, by

Join us in Beautiful British Columbia (UPDATED)


From September 19-23, 2020, we’re holding a Joint GNRHS / CPHA 2020 convention in Nelson BC, in the beautiful and historic West Kootenays.

CLICK HERE for full convention details.

CLICK HERE for a printable registration form.

CLICK HERE for a preliminary convention timecard (subject to change)

  • This is the first GNRHS convention in Canada, the first joint convention for GNRHS, and the first ever CPHA (Canadian Pacific Historical Association) convention.
  • This is also the 50th anniversary year of “MERGER DAY”, when Great Northern ceased to exist. Nelson was the northern-most community, west of the Rocky Mountains, served by the GN at that time.
  • There is considerable mining, rail, and sternwheeler history of interest to GNRHS.
  • Nelson is the biggest city in the area with a diverse population of over 10,000 people. The legacy of the past, evident in the more than 350 preserved heritage buildings, mixes with a dynamic arts and culture scene. There are many restaurants and arts / crafts / specialty / book stores in the downtown area; as well as a thriving craft beer industry.
  • The West Kootenays have many historic small towns, and we will be visiting many of them during our bus tours.

This convention has been several years in the making. We feel we have created an excellent and varied program for our attendees. Come and learn about the very interesting and often acrimonious rail history. Meet the interesting people of the West Kootenays; they are thrilled to have us visit their towns and venues.

The convention is occurring in the third week of September, so we could have “Fall Colours” – bring your cameras!!  Enjoy meeting the CPHA attendees, who share our interest in this area.

The Prestige Lakeside Resort and Convention Centre is the centre of all activities and tours.

Click here to learn more, and look for registration info in the March Goat or click the link above!

Tom and Francina Carr,
National Convention Officer and Convention Registrar


  Posted on February 2, 2020, by


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