Great Northern Railway Historical Society

Great Northern Railway Historical Society We welcome all new visitors to the page. Visit us at http://gnrhs.org
A non-profit society of 2,200 members worldwide who have a common interest in the Great Northern Railway. The organization provides archives, modeling information and historical & educational material.
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The Great Northern Railway Historical Society serves fans of the Great Northern Railway, providing members with historical information, archive materials and it also provides railroad modelers with accurate information on equipment and structures of the Great Northern Railway. GNRHS is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Mission: Our Society is dedicated to the preservation, study, and history of one of America's greatest railroads, the Great Northern Railway. To Members, we offer carefully-researched reference sheets, a quarterly GN Goat publication, discounts on models and other online store items, and an annual convention to discover all that is Great Northern. Join us at http://gnrhs.org

More negative scans from the Walt Ainsworth Collection att he PNRA. No info provided.
07/07/2020

More negative scans from the Walt Ainsworth Collection att he PNRA. No info provided.

More negative scans from the Walt Ainsworth Collection att he PNRA. No info provided.

Walt Ainsworth Collection at the PNRA
07/07/2020

Walt Ainsworth Collection at the PNRA

Walt Ainsworth Collection at the PNRA

From Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive in Burien WA
07/06/2020

From Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive in Burien WA

From Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive in Burien WA

Photos from Wellington WA as part of Walt Ainsworth Collection at the PNRA. The model of 1140 is George Fischer's.
07/03/2020

Photos from Wellington WA as part of Walt Ainsworth Collection at the PNRA. The model of 1140 is George Fischer's.

Latest negative scans from Walt Ainsworth Collection at the PNRA. No data.
06/26/2020

Latest negative scans from Walt Ainsworth Collection at the PNRA. No data.

GN Day in Sky, September 12, 2020 is CANCELEDSkykomish Historical Society  has decided to cancel the 2020 edition of GN ...
06/22/2020

GN Day in Sky, September 12, 2020 is CANCELED
Skykomish Historical Society has decided to cancel the 2020 edition of GN Day in Sky. We reviewed various options, tried to project possible health conditions, considered the need for advanced notice/planning and making personal safety our highest priority it was clear the best approach to cancel the 2020 event.

Z-1 Album
06/16/2020

Z-1 Album

Latest negative scans for the PNRA from Walt Ainsworth Collection from GNRHS
06/13/2020

Latest negative scans for the PNRA from Walt Ainsworth Collection from GNRHS

Latest negative scans for the PNRA from Walt Ainsworth Collection from GNRHS

My latest scans of the Walt AInsworth Collection for the GNRHS at the PNRA.
06/06/2020

My latest scans of the Walt AInsworth Collection for the GNRHS at the PNRA.

My latest scans of the Walt AInsworth Collection for the GNRHS at the PNRA.

These are part of the Walt Ainsworth Collection for the GNRHS at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.
06/06/2020

These are part of the Walt Ainsworth Collection for the GNRHS at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.

These are part of the Walt Ainsworth Collection for the GNRHS at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.

These are part of the Walt Ainsworth Collection for the GNRHS at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive. All here are Jo...
06/04/2020

These are part of the Walt Ainsworth Collection for the GNRHS at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive. All here are Joe Colias photos.

These are part of the Walt Ainsworth Collection for the GNRHS at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive. All here are Joe Colias photos.

Latest negative scans from the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.
06/02/2020

Latest negative scans from the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.

Latest negative scans from the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.
05/29/2020

Latest negative scans from the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.

Latest negative scans from the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive. Most have little or ...
05/28/2020

Latest negative scans from the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive. Most have little or no info with them. Still worthy of sharing.

Latest negative scans from the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.
05/28/2020

Latest negative scans from the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.

Latest negative scans from the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive. These are all from g...
05/25/2020

Latest negative scans from the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive. These are all from glass negatives.

A selection from today's negative scans of the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.
05/24/2020

A selection from today's negative scans of the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.

A selection from today's negative scans of the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.
05/22/2020

A selection from today's negative scans of the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.

Great Northern motor cars from the GNRHS Ainsworth Collection at the PNRA.
05/22/2020

Great Northern motor cars from the GNRHS Ainsworth Collection at the PNRA.

From the Ainsworth Collection. GN 364A at Fargo in 1959.
05/18/2020

From the Ainsworth Collection. GN 364A at Fargo in 1959.

Some more recent negative scans of the GNRHS Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.
05/15/2020

Some more recent negative scans of the GNRHS Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.

Some recent negative scans of the GNRHS Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.
05/12/2020

Some recent negative scans of the GNRHS Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.

R V Nixon photo. Extra 1984 East near East Helena 5/25/45. One of the 2-6-8-0's that ran on this line.
04/27/2020

R V Nixon photo. Extra 1984 East near East Helena 5/25/45. One of the 2-6-8-0's that ran on this line.

2020 GNRHS Convention CANCELED.
04/22/2020

2020 GNRHS Convention CANCELED.

A John Armstrong plan for a GN layout in Sequim, WAhttp://www.bemrrc.com/SEQUIM2/index.htmlMany of the detailed structur...
04/09/2020

A John Armstrong plan for a GN layout in Sequim, WA
http://www.bemrrc.com/SEQUIM2/index.html
Many of the detailed structures can now be seen on the Boeing Employees Model Railroad Club layout.

Photos of Hillyard shops.
04/04/2020

Photos of Hillyard shops.

1908 photo. Billings, MT?
03/29/2020

1908 photo. Billings, MT?

An Important Message from our Convention PlannersCOVID-19 is making our Nelson 2020 convention planning a challenge.   W...
03/27/2020
Convention Registration Nelson 2020

An Important Message from our Convention Planners

COVID-19 is making our Nelson 2020 convention planning a challenge. We are concerned for the health of everyone, and the viability of the businesses that we will be visiting or using during this convention. For now your Nelson convention planning committee remains hopeful that this convention can go ahead because it is in September 2020. We will remain vigilant in assessing all the factors that can play a part in the important decision of whether to go ahead with this or not.

Our worry is that if we don't have enough registrants we will have to cancel, even if all other factors look favorable to going ahead with the convention. So that we have a true sense of how many people want to come to this convention we encourage you to register ASAP. If we decide to cancel this convention we will do it no later than early to mid August, before our early bird fee ends. If we cancel this convention, you will get your money back. If you decide to cancel, no later than August 16, 2020, you will get your money back.

In the meantime, please stay healthy; let's fight this nasty virus!! To protect yourself avoid touching your face, and wash your hands every time you touch things; use alcohol gel if you don't have access to soap and water. If you cough or sneeze, do it into your arm / elbow, so that you don't run the risk of spreading germs via your hands; this is to protect others. Also stay at least 2 meters (6 1/2 feet) from other people who aren't part of your household safety bubble.

Sign up to attend our upcoming Nelson Convention September 20, 2020. You must be a Member to register. If you are not a member, please join the Society, and then return here to register.

West Portal of Cascade Tunnel on September 1, 1924.
03/26/2020

West Portal of Cascade Tunnel on September 1, 1924.

03/11/2020
www.burlingtonroute.org

DUE TO THE COVID-19 SITUATION THIS HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Day For the Archives
http://www.burlingtonroute.org/BRHS/Archives/archive_forms/2020_2nd_Annual_A_Day_for_the_Archives.pdf

GN Class C-5 0-8-0 #871 by W&R Enterprises
03/08/2020

GN Class C-5 0-8-0 #871 by W&R Enterprises

A great find at the Monroe WA Train Show!
02/24/2020

A great find at the Monroe WA Train Show!

Great Northern Railway Historical Society's cover photo
02/20/2020

Great Northern Railway Historical Society's cover photo

Exact location of last spike site.
01/06/2020

Exact location of last spike site.

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193 Pennsylvania E.
Saint Paul, MN
55130

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
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Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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My great uncle Charlie Carleton of Seattle, WA was a engineer for the Great Northern for 25+ years ie 1930s-1950s. After he passed in 1987 his daughter (my cousin) donated all his photos to the GNRHS. I'd love to see any photos of him you guys may have. Edit or delete this
I love big GN steam locomotives especially Northerns, Mountains, and Mallets, and did any of the GN Big Three steam locomotives ran to Portland, Oregon in the steam era
The inside cover of the latest Goat features a postcard of the dynamited express car from the Kid Curry hold up. Here is a painting of the hold up I acquired several years ago at the GNRHS convention in Great Falls. Painting by Jim Jordan.
Did you know the GN (more specifically James J. Hill companies) had cruise ships too?
I just received an email from Ian Foulds of the Skykomish railway museum and informing me that the go fund me page that was set up for great Northern locomotive number 599 came up short refunds will be issued and I have a feeling the locomotive will now be scrappedSad day for great Northern enthusiasts everywhere.......😕😥
Does anyone have any caboose assignment info for 1955-1960?
As many of you are aware, I am a member of the National Model Railroad Association. I am a Regional Director in the Midwest Region and I'm also a: "Trainmaster" board member of the Central Indiana Division. I am also participating in the Achievement Program. Most people refer to it as the Master Model Railroaders program. In the course of attempting to earn my scenery certificate, I am constructing a highly detailed N scale layout of Essex, Montana. The depiction of Essex will be as realistic as I can make it. I chose N-Scale (1/160th of actual size) for my project because I wanted to be able to physically move / transport this layout easily. I want to be able to take it to the many shows put on by the National Model Railroad Association; so other people may view it in person. Videos and pictures are always nice. However, there is no substitute for viewing a layout in person! As can be seen in my photo below: These very closely replicated structures, and these actual photos (2) of the actual true real backgrounds of Essex Montana (The top photo background in the picture goes behind the largest building in the picture of the Izaak Walton Inn. The other lower photo opposite side of layout) will greatly Aid in transforming my work into a minature Essex. I am very excited about this project and hope one day to share it with you in person! I also hope it will appear in the future in the National Model Railroad Association's national magazine. I have been planning and working on this particular project for almost one year now. I hope to submit it for evaluation come August of 2020.
I am currently modeling GN f units. I think I have determined that passenger f's had two headlights and no dynamic brakes. I'm not sure if A's or B's had steam generators. Freight F's have a single headlamp and DB's. I do not know what the wide rectangular detail that is in front of four roof exhausts are or if they are available as an HO super detailing part. My main question concerns the "GREAT NORTHERN" lettering style on some of the F's. It is on certain f's somewhat roman as apposed to the EMPIRE BUILDER style. What determined which F's obtained this lettering? Also when did the GN switch winterization hatches from boxy to curved. Along that line did all F's have winterization hatches? Any other modeling info would be very much appreciated....
Did the GNR paint their wood Water tanks with their standard color of Indian Red (up to 1942)? Or did they leave the wood just the treated and weathered color? The water tank I am mostly asking about is the rectangular water tank that was located between Bayne and Palmer Wash from the late 1800"s to the early 1900's. From the B/W photo, I am thinking natural and not painted?? Thanks
I have the "Million Dollar Question" to ask anyone who may be interested. No money involved only the fun of the game. Pictured below are two background landscapes. Can anyone tell me exactly and specifically where these photos were taken? Hint: photos were taken same date, same time, and one photo is facing East, the other West, all in the same place!!!
The progenitor of Main-line electification , the New Haven's prototype electric locomotive on a test-track in 1905 ,designed to operate on 11,000 volts, the electric locomotive that established beyound doubt that D,C, traction-power motors could opertate on A,C,
Does anyone have a set of plans with dimensions of a Standard 30' x 76' GN Frame Depot? The only know dimension I have are the overall length and width. I want to scratch build the Douglas, Wash. Depot. Thanks