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. Learn more.

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. JOIN GNRHS now!

Latest News

New SW-1200 model – a GNRHS exclusive

GNRHS is pleased to announce a special offer to GNRHS members on Rapido Trains’ new SW-1200 switch engine painted and lettered as Great Northern #30. Click here to learn more or HERE to order! 20% of your purchase price will go towards GNRHS and its historical preservation mission. You can help GNRHS *and* get a great looking model!

Electro-Motive Division of General Motors built a total of 737 SW 1200 units for American railroads between January of 1954 and May of 1966.

This model represents one of five SW 1200 units that Great Northern purchased new and delivered in April of 1957 as numbers 29-33. All went to the BN in the 1970 merger, and three, #29, #30 and #31 went to the BNSF in 1985. They were on the BNSF roster until at least 2001.

Rapido is offering just 60 units with this GNRHS-exclusive number, each sound equipped with an ESU LokSound V5 decoder. Price is $335 in US, their MSRP. 

  Posted on May 29, 2021, by


GNRHS is Coming to You

We’ll have representatives at the following events:

2021 Train Days at S.P.U.D. (St Paul Union Depot), St. Paul , MN
June 5th & 6th 2021. 10:00am to 4:00 pm both days

Galesburg Railroad Days. T. Fleming Fieldhouse at Knox College
June 26th & 27th 2021. 9:00am to 4:00pm both days

2021 St. Louis RPM Meet. Collinsville, IL
July 30th & 31st 2021. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days

We look forward to talking to current and prospective members about the Great Northern in person again!

  Posted on May 18, 2021, by


GN Equipment Diagram Books Now Available

Newly available in the GNRHS online store are scanned diagram books covering Great Northern freight, passenger and work equipment as well as locomotives, spanning years from 1917 to 1969. Check out the collection here, including bundles by era and equipment type!

  Posted on February 15, 2021, by


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