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.

The organization provides archives, modeling information and historical & educational material.

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GNRHS Virtual Convention September 18-19 and 25-26Join us for clinics, layout tours, virtual displays, and our society s...
09/05/2021
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GNRHS Virtual Convention September 18-19 and 25-26

Join us for clinics, layout tours, virtual displays, and our society silent auction. 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: https://gnrhs.org/documents/conventions/2021/2021timecard.PNG

Register NOW by emailing Tom Carr at Secretary (AT) GNRHS.org, providing your name, GNRHS member number, and email. Not yet a GNRHS member? Join now to avoid missing out!

https://gnrhs.myshopify.com/collections/memberships

CANCELED: This year’s GN Day in Skykomish formally planned for September 11 has been CANCELED.We regret needing to make ...
08/27/2021

CANCELED: This year’s GN Day in Skykomish formally planned for September 11 has been CANCELED.

We regret needing to make this decision but after considering the increasing COVID health situation in the Puget Sound region, the demographics of people who attend and their risk factors and consultations with the Town of Skykomish it was decided the best approach for all involved was to cancel the event.

Bob Kelly
Skykomish Historical Society

CANCELED: This year’s GN Day in Skykomish formally planned for September 11 has been CANCELED.

We regret needing to make this decision but after considering the increasing COVID health situation in the Puget Sound region, the demographics of people who attend and their risk factors and consultations with the Town of Skykomish it was decided the best approach for all involved was to cancel the event.

Bob Kelly
Skykomish Historical Society

Several new products are now available!A new HO model of the Touhey WA 20,000 bushel grain elevator by Monroe Models. If...
07/23/2021

Several new products are now available!

A new HO model of the Touhey WA 20,000 bushel grain elevator by Monroe Models. If you model GN, you need at least one grain elevator. Touhey is of the common wood crib style built nationwide from about 1870 to about 1920. Touhey was built in 1913 and its design is typical of the breed.

A new HO model of a St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba 20×64 two story depot design of 1887. These were built beyond the fringe of civilization in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana during 1887 only. The second story provided living quarters for the agent and his family. Many of them made it well into the 1950’s and a few survived to the BN merger of 1970.

We now offer five color prints of GN subjects by noted Seattle area artist J. Craig Thorpe:
* W-1 electric 5018 West picking up orders at Scenic
* Y-1 electric 5011 with westward 1947 Empire Builder at Gaynor with line change under construction in 1949
* Class R-2 2-8-8-2, W-1 electric, and F-3 units on eastward passenger train at Skykomish
* GP-9 724 and sisters with eastward freight on Sheep Creek Bridge, Montana, in snow
* Westward 1955 Empire Builder on Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis

Check them all, plus much more, at the GNRHS Company Store gnrhs.org/store

Empire Builder publicity photos from the Great Northern Railway. From collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archi...
07/12/2021

Empire Builder publicity photos from the Great Northern Railway. From collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.

Great Northern Day in Skykomish, WashingtonSeptember 11, 2021  A new format will be used this year due to ongoing Covid ...
07/08/2021

Great Northern Day in Skykomish, Washington
September 11, 2021

A new format will be used this year due to ongoing Covid recovery.
The day’s program is titled: “An Informal Day in Sky.”
Registration will be at the DEPOT starting at 9:30 AM and is free with the event open to the public
Events for the day include:
Displays and swap tables at the depot
Ride the Great Northern & Cascade Railway
Visit the Skykomish Historical Society Museum
Drop into Sky ArtWorks in the Maloney Store building
Watch Trains from the town park along the tracks

Lunch will be at one of the five restaurants in Sky or bring your own.
There will be free display/swap tables set up in the DEPOT and on the DEPOT platform.
Watch the Skykomish Historical Society website (www.skyhistory.org) for updates on arrangements or changes of plans due to Covid.
If there are questions, contact Bob Kelly at [email protected]

Great Northern Day in Skykomish, Washington
September 11, 2021

A new format will be used this year due to ongoing Covid recovery.
The day’s program is titled: “An Informal Day in Sky.”
Registration will be at the DEPOT starting at 9:30 AM and is free with the event open to the public
Events for the day include:
Displays and swap tables at the depot
Ride the Great Northern & Cascade Railway
Visit the Skykomish Historical Society Museum
Drop into Sky ArtWorks in the Maloney Store building
Watch Trains from the town park along the tracks

Lunch will be at one of the five restaurants in Sky or bring your own.
There will be free display/swap tables set up in the DEPOT and on the DEPOT platform.
Watch the Skykomish Historical Society website (www.skyhistory.org) for updates on arrangements or changes of plans due to Covid.
If there are questions, contact Bob Kelly at [email protected]

Great Northern Day in Skykomish, WashingtonSeptember 11, 2021Great Northern Day in Skykomish will be September 11, 2021....
07/08/2021

Great Northern Day in Skykomish, Washington
September 11, 2021
Great Northern Day in Skykomish will be September 11, 2021.
A new format will be used this year due to ongoing Covid recovery.
The day’s program is titled: “An Informal Day in Sky.”
Registration will be at the DEPOT starting at 9:30 AM and is free with the event open to the public
Events for the day include:
Displays and swap tables at the depot
Ride the Great Northern & Cascade Railway
Visit the Skykomish Historical Society Museum
Drop into Sky ArtWorks in the Maloney Store building
Watch Trains from the town park along the tracks

Lunch will be at one of the five restaurants in Sky or bring your own.
There will be free display/swap tables set up in the DEPOT and on the DEPOT platform.
Watch the Skykomish Historical Society website (www.skyhistory.org) for updates on arrangements or changes of plans due to Covid.
If there are questions, contact Bob Kelly at [email protected]

Great Northern Day in Skykomish, Washington
September 11, 2021
Great Northern Day in Skykomish will be September 11, 2021.
A new format will be used this year due to ongoing Covid recovery.
The day’s program is titled: “An Informal Day in Sky.”
Registration will be at the DEPOT starting at 9:30 AM and is free with the event open to the public
Events for the day include:
Displays and swap tables at the depot
Ride the Great Northern & Cascade Railway
Visit the Skykomish Historical Society Museum
Drop into Sky ArtWorks in the Maloney Store building
Watch Trains from the town park along the tracks

Lunch will be at one of the five restaurants in Sky or bring your own.
There will be free display/swap tables set up in the DEPOT and on the DEPOT platform.
Watch the Skykomish Historical Society website (www.skyhistory.org) for updates on arrangements or changes of plans due to Covid.
If there are questions, contact Bob Kelly at [email protected]

Postcards from the Bob Kelly Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.
07/05/2021

Postcards from the Bob Kelly Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.

A selection of postcards from the Bob Kelly Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.
07/05/2021

A selection of postcards from the Bob Kelly Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.

Several views of Wellington (Tye) from the George Fischer Collection at the Skykomish Historical Society
06/27/2021

Several views of Wellington (Tye) from the George Fischer Collection at the Skykomish Historical Society

A few  scans from the Intlekoffer Collection taken in 1916. For complete set go to the Skykomish Historical Society Face...
06/25/2021

A few scans from the Intlekoffer Collection taken in 1916. For complete set go to the Skykomish Historical Society page.

Of potential interest to our Twin Cities members and friends, the Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum is presenting a 1970...
05/24/2021
Twin City Model Railroad Museum

Of potential interest to our Twin Cities members and friends, the Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum is presenting a 1970s Twin Cities RR slide show on June 20.

You will be trackside at all the main train watching locations in the 1970s including all three main Twin Cities railway depots, Soo Line Shoreham yard, CNW Cedar Lake yard, the Stone Arch Bridge, GN Dale Street Shops, GN East Minneapolis yard, NP Como Shops, Northtown yard, Rock Island Inver Hills yard, the Milwaukee Road hump yard, CB&Q St Paul yard, Minneapolis Junction, and the NP Mississippi Street Shops.

Museum admission is required to attend. The slide show will be in the main conference room as you enter the main building. So they can plan for seating, make your reservation as a regular museum admission of $10. Select Sunday June 20th, 2021 when you buy online at www.tcmrm.org

Twin City Model Railroad Museum at 668 Transfer Road, Suite 8, Saint Paul, MN 55114 651-647-9628. World famous O-scale layout shows Minnesota railroad history

We’ll have representatives at the following events:2021 Train Days at S.P.U.D. (St Paul Union Depot), St. Paul MNJune 5t...
05/19/2021
Train Days 2021 | UNION DEPOT

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, Galesburg IL
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!

http://www.stlrpm.com
https://galesburgrailroaddays.com/
https://uniondepot.org/traindays/

CHOO CHOO! ALL ABOARD FOR TRAIN DAYS! COVID-19 Protocols: We are following the guidance of state and federal health officials to protect all guests, vendors and staff. Here are the health and safety measures that will be in place during this event: Based on current guidelines, face masks will be req...

Great Northern Class N-3 2-8-8-0 #2017.
04/14/2021

Great Northern Class N-3 2-8-8-0 #2017.

Great Northern Class N-3 2-8-8-0 #2017.
04/14/2021

Great Northern Class N-3 2-8-8-0 #2017.

04/02/2021

We have put all three of our HO caboose decal sets, and our animated Glacier Park billboard on close out AT REDUCED PRICES. If you have any interest in these items get them now, before they are gone!

http://gnrhs.org/store

A Selection of Great Northern Special Agent, Police and Surgeon Badges.
03/29/2021

A Selection of Great Northern Special Agent, Police and Surgeon Badges.

Join GNRHS today! As a member you'll get:* Member Discounts at the GNRHS Store: Models, books, back issues, blueprints a...
03/07/2021

Join GNRHS today! As a member you'll get:
* Member Discounts at the GNRHS Store: Models, books, back issues, blueprints and more!
* 4 Goat Magazine and Reference Sheet packages per year filled with GN prototype information and modeling info!
* A colorful annual GN photo calendar!
* Invitations to meet fellow GN members at our yearly Conventions!
* Access to the massive GNRHS Archives, with member discounts on digital scans!
And the knowledge your dues are helping the Society's mission to preserve GN history and make it available to the public.
Join online: https://gnrhs.myshopify.com/collections/memberships

Great Northern Class O-8 2-8-2 #3399. Photo from Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive in ...
02/11/2021

Great Northern Class O-8 2-8-2 #3399. Photo from Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive in Burien WA.

The only GN Class O-2 2-8-2 #3149
02/04/2021

The only GN Class O-2 2-8-2 #3149

There's never been a better time to Join GNRHS! As a member you'll get:🎄 4 Goat Magazine and Reference Sheet packages pe...
01/16/2021

There's never been a better time to Join GNRHS! As a member you'll get:
🎄 4 Goat Magazine and Reference Sheet packages per year filled with GN prototype information and modeling info!
🎄 A colorful annual GN photo calendar!
🎄 Member Discounts on GNRHS Products!
🎄 Invitations to meet fellow GN members at our yearly Conventions!
🎄 Access to the massive GNRHS Archives, with member discounts on digital scans!

And the knowledge your dues are helping the Society's mission to preserve GN history and make it available to the public.

Join online: https://gnrhs.myshopify.com/collections/memberships

12/10/2020

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 ex*****on 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, it 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!

12/09/2020

From the GNRHS editor.
Due to the pandemic and shortage of staff, the publisher of the GNRHS publications is behind on projects.
The December 2020 Goat and related material will begin shipping on Monday, December 14.
Thanks for your understanding.

GNRHS Archives Posts 5,000 New RecordsThe GNRHs Archives has posted the following new collections on the GN-NP Joint Arc...
10/04/2020
Home - GN-NP Archive

GNRHS Archives Posts 5,000 New Records
The GNRHs Archives has posted the following new collections on the GN-NP Joint Archive at http://www.gn-npjointarchive.org
James A Turner photograph collection. This Greater Puget Sound and Cascades focused photo collection contained 450 items. These photos can be sorted and seen online. Medium resolution copies can be downloaded.
Jackson Street Roundhouse Map and Blueprint Collection has 4700 maps and drawings available and they can be sorted by state, location, year and various other elements. The maps are not posted due to their large size. People interested in a specific item can contact the GNRHS Archives at: [email protected]
Walt Ainsworth Great Northern Diesel Slides Collection. This set contains 400 color slides of GN diesel locomotives taken from the late 1950’s to 1970. Sorting by year, location, number and other subjects is provided. Medium resolution copies can be downloaded.

From Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.
07/30/2020

From Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.

From Walt Ainsworth Collection at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.

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.

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For those who can print their own decals, what Font should be used in MS Word to accurately do GN lettering and numbers? Thanks!
Hello, I have a modelling question. Did GN tenders have the engine number and coal/oil and water capacity painted on the rear end? So far all the pictures I've seen don't show the back end of a tender. Thanks! (the model I'm working on is the Tenshodo Q-1 with a Vandy tender)
Does anyone know the answer to my question below…?
Curious: Do any of you folks model Essex, Montana, or the area that encompasses Essex, Montana in N scale.
Anyone know anything about this Empire Builder bell ?
I know this is not a perfect replica of a GN engine but I did my best building it out of my parts boxes that are full of AF S gauge. I also built a semi realistic GN Passenger set in the Sky Blue scheme. I collect American Flyer and only customize beat up and bashed trains to give them new life. I even put new can motors and electronic reverse units in the custom projects...
Has any one on this site ever heard of the Great Northern Drill Team. Active during the latter half of the 40's. I have a picture of her in her cap which clearly shows the GN logo. My mom has since passed away, but would like to know if anyone has heard of the team. Thank you.
What year was the photograph that is the April 2021 photo in the GNRHS calendar of the Minneapolis junction Coal dock? Even the decade would be helpful. [email protected]
Ordered my copy of the Rusty Dusty. Arrived today. Early birthday gift for me!
It is "M" day, 51 years later.
Anyone know off hand know the GN Depot paint scheme of the 50's base color and trim? Thanks
Hey everybody, I've been searching high and low for these cars, or at least the flat car. They were purchased from Scale Model Supplies in St. Paul. My grandfather built these award winning cars and I'd very much like to purchase them to keep in the family. If you or anyone you know has them, can you please help us get in touch? I'd very much appreciate it. Thank you!