Great Northern Railway Historical Society

Post convention Circle Tour

Update 4/11/2016: This tour is now fully subscribed. Names will be taken for a wait list in case of cancellations. Please contact the Convention Registrar at or by phone at 406-270-6758 when interested.

Following the convention, Thursday September 22nd through Saturday September 24th, convention organizers are offering what will be a once in a lifetime optional three day circle tour of the Republic Branch, Molson Hill, Oroville, and the Wenatchee-Oroville branch with John Langlot and Mac McCulloch, authors of “The Rusty Dusty: Great Northern’s Wenatchee-Oroville Branch” which they plan to introduce at the convention. The tour will start Thursday morning. From the hotel we will travel through Hillyard to Kettle Falls stopping at all stations. We will discuss Marcus and view Orient, Curlew, Republic and the Eureka Gulch. Day two will take us over Molson Hill into Oroville up to Nighthawk, a tour of the Oroville Museum, which is in the relocated depot, and down to Omak for the night. Day three will cover from Omak to Wenatchee stopping at all stations. Following lunch at Wenatchee we will view Appleyard and follow the railroad from Wenatchee to Spokane. We will not enter Canada, so passports are not required.


The table below shows the general schedule of the Circle Tour. Please see the Circle Tour timecard for detailed information on this trip.

Date Route Breakfast Lunch Dinner Hotel
Thursday 9/22 Spokane to Republic Own Incl. Own Northern-Inn and The Prospector Inn (included)
Friday 9/23 Republic to Omak Incl. Incl. Own Best Western Plus Peppertree Inn (included)
Saturday 9/24 Omak to Spokane Own Own Own Red Lion Hotel at the Park available seperately at convention rate


Participants must be GNRHS members; however, attendance at the GNRHS annual convention in Spokane is NOT required in order to be considered for this add-on event. The registration cost for the tour includes bus transportation, two nights lodging, Friday breakfast, and Thursday and Friday lunches. Thursday breakfast will be “on your own” before bus departure; Thursday and Friday dinners and Saturday Lunch are “on your own”.  The Best Western Hotel in Omak will offer a continental breakfast on Saturday morning.

Single and Double Occupancy is available for the hotels; however, hotel space is limited. If you are requesting the double occupancy registration rate, you must identify your roommate on the registration form so that we can assure adequate space.  In the event that there are not enough single occupancy hotel rooms available based on registration requests, we may be contacting you to see if you will agree to share with another registrant.

Registrations must be received by August 12, 2016. We have a MAXIMUM of 40 registrants for this tour so register EARLY.

Registration Fee

When choosing Double Occupancy please indicate who your roommate will be. Your roommate will have to register and pay separately for this tour.

Update 4/11/2016: This tour is now fully subscribed. No more places are available.

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