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 things Great Northern. Learn more.

For researchers the GNRHS Archives hold historic photos and documents on a wide range of Great Northern subjects.

For a quick overview of all GNRHS has to offer, explore the menu above. JOIN GNRHS now!

Latest News

September Goat Update

The printer informs us of a slight delay in mailing, but hopes to get your Goats into the mail by Friday 9/8 or early the following week. Digital subscribers will receive their copies on 9/8. As always, if you don’t see it be sure to check your spam or junk email folders, and set “” as a trusted domain if your email service allows.

  Posted on September 7, 2023, by

Coming Events of Interest

GN Days at Skykomish – September 9

This year’s informal event, featuring Great Northern Railway history, will be Saturday, September 9 in the Maloney Store building in Skykomish, WA. Here is the schedule:

8:00am: Meet and greet, drinks at Sky River Coffee, set up display tables with GN related materials.

9:30am: Program begins. Two presentations and lots of time to talk.

Noon: Lunch – arrangements for sandwiches can be made – delivered to the store at noon or bring your own

1:00 pm: Railfan Meet Up at the Depot. This informal event will run from 1-4 in the Freight Room and on the deck. Refreshments will be served. Free rides on the GN&CR available.

5:00 – 8:00 pm: Maloney Store Grand Opening event: Light on the Rails – Celebrating All Things Trains and Railroad. Art show sponsored by Sky Artworks and the Skykomish Historical Society.

All events are free and open to the public, no registration is needed. For more information contact Bob Kelly at or 425-432-3884

GNRHS Online Meet-Up – September 28
Our next ZOOM meeting, hosted by John Robert Coy and Jacob Wright will be at 8:00 PM Central on September 28 (6 Pacific, 7 Mountain, and 9 Eastern time). The meeting window will be “open” for social chat at 7:30 PM Central time to give members the opportunity to chat with one another.

The presenter will be Lee Marsh, who will give a short clinic he calls “How I used GNRHS resources to support my railroad modeling in both space and time”. The balance of the meeting will be free form discussion among the participants.

A login link was sent to members within the “September GNRHS News”. Contact us if you’ve misplaced or didn’t receive this.

  Posted on September 7, 2023, by

Join Us In St Cloud!

The St Cloud convention July 22-26 will focus on the history of the Great Northern in St Cloud and Waite Park, Minnesota, with tours and presentations. The banquet, raffle and Model Display are also part of the great line-up we will have this year. CLICK HERE for full details or click here for the timecard.

Full registration package is in the March GOAT magazine, and also available online. If you prefer to pay by check, you may click here to download a registration form.

SAVE $25 by registering before June 16. We hope to see you there!


UPDATE: GNRHS members & friends, please help spread the word by downloading and printing this flyer and distributing it – to model railroad clubs, local museums, railroad-themed businesses, hobby stores, community boards, or any place you believe a passer-by might be interested.

  Posted on March 15, 2023, by

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