Great Northern Railway Historical Society


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

Willmar Convention Update

As you may have already heard, the GNRHS Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Willmar convention. We know that this may come as a disappointment to many of you, particularly those who have been regular attendees of past conventions. You, as well as GNRHS staff, committee persons and board members look forward each year to the long standing tradition of gathering in person to renew friendships, share stories and continue to celebrate the Great Northern Railway legacy.

We all know how the scourge of Covid has altered, rearranged and generally interfered with most aspects of our daily lives. That fact and the general unknown about how long it will take to return to some kind of normalcy was certainly one of the factors in our decision.

As you might imagine, the preparation, planning and execution of a successful convention involves many moving parts. – not to mention the countless hours of volunteer time that it requires. The committee who had formed to host the Willmar event experienced a set of unforeseen difficulties and complications, which led them to choose not to go forward. We thank them for their efforts and acknowledge their willingness to host the 2021 convention.

We are exploring options to coordinate an online experience that, though not as socially rewarding as an in-person event, would allow us to gather virtually in a way that might be more inclusive for those who have not been physically able to attend in the past.

Please stay safe as we all go about our daily lives! Stay tuned for updates and news about the GNRHS via our various media platforms. And as Rocky would say ….
Go Great Northern!

  Posted on February 11, 2021, by

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