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

GNRHS Board of Directors Nominations Are Due Oct. 24

This is a call for nominations to serve on the GNRHS Board of Directors. At least two positions, and perhaps three, are open this year. This is your chance to actively participate in creating the future of the society. Directors are elected to six year terms.

The Board meets annually at the GNRHS Convention and communicates during the year by email and Zoom meetings. Board members receive no financial compensation for travel or convention fees. Travel costs to the Annual Meeting may be tax deductible. Consult your accountant.

To qualify for Board membership, you must be a member in good standing as defined in the Operations Manual, which is on the GNRHS website. Expectations include attending the Annual Meeting, reviewing financial and policy documents, and responding promptly to emails.

Please consider serving. The time required is modest and the experience is rewarding. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Send your nomination(s), along with a one or two page biography and statement via email to: nominations@gnrhs.org.

The Nominating Committee will accept nominations until October 24, 2021. Ballots will be sent to members in December. New Directors will be seated early in 2022.

  Posted on September 13, 2021, by


GNRHS Virtual Convention Update & Timecard

September 18-19 and 25-26, 2021

Join us for clinics, layout tours, virtual displays, and our society silent auction, spread across two weekends. We will also conduct regular convention activities such as the board meeting and member meeting. All will be held virtually this year on the Zoom online platform.

Click here to see the convention timecard.

To participate and receive your Zoom link, register NOW via the Contact Form (select “Secretary”), providing your name, GNRHS member number, and email. Not yet a GNRHS member? Join now to avoid missing out!

  Posted on September 5, 2021, by


GNRHS Virtual Convention 2021

September 18-19 and 25-26

Following the example set by organizations such as the NMRA and the OpSIG, our 2021 Convention will be virtual and spread over two weekends. Attendance will be free to anyone wishing to attend. Mark the dates on your calendar and plan to join the fun in September. There will be clinics, virtual displays, and our society silent auction. We will also conduct regular convention activities such as the board meeting and the member meeting. All will be held virtually this year on the Zoom social media platform. Zoom has proven to be one of the easiest programs to learn.

Preregistration will be required for the auction only, with details being emailed in plenty of time for folks to register. We look forward to having as many members as possible join us this year, especially members who are not convention regulars.

If you are interested in doing a presentation during the convention, please contact either Mac McCulloch or Tom Carr via the Contact Form (select Store or Secretary respectively).


Tom Carr
Convention Chair

  Posted on August 27, 2021, by


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