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

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.

On this day in 1893, the last spike was driven for the completion of the transcontinental Great Northern.
01/06/2020

On this day in 1893, the last spike was driven for the completion of the transcontinental Great Northern.

Great Northern Railway Historical Society's cover photo
01/05/2020

Great Northern Railway Historical Society's cover photo

Great Northern Railway Historical Society's cover photo
01/05/2020

Great Northern Railway Historical Society's cover photo

Great Northern Railway Historical Society's cover photo
01/02/2020

Great Northern Railway Historical Society's cover photo

Great Northern Railway Historical Society's cover photo
12/23/2019

Great Northern Railway Historical Society's cover photo

Great Northern Railway Historical Society's cover photo
12/23/2019

Great Northern Railway Historical Society's cover photo

Hustle Muscle
12/17/2019

Hustle Muscle

GNRHS will have a booth at the Great Train Show in Puyallup, WA on January 18 and 19, 2020. Members and friends can talk...
12/17/2019

GNRHS will have a booth at the Great Train Show in Puyallup, WA on January 18 and 19, 2020. Members and friends can talk with Mike Bartenstein, Bob Kelly and Cordell Newby. The booth will have a couple of extra chairs for people who want to stop in and visit. Show hours are 10:00 to 4:00 both days.

Hustle Muscle earning its keep plowing! Photos by David Schauer.
12/15/2019

Hustle Muscle earning its keep plowing! Photos by David Schauer.

Great Northern Railway Historical Society's cover photo
12/12/2019

Great Northern Railway Historical Society's cover photo

Preliminary watercolor sketch for a future oil painting by J. Craig Thorpe for my upcoming documentary: White Death - Th...
12/09/2019

Preliminary watercolor sketch for a future oil painting by J. Craig Thorpe for my upcoming documentary: White Death - The Great Northern Railroad and the 1910 Cascade Avalanche. Craig Thorpe is a celebrated railroad artist and has accepted the commission to paint the poster. The 1910 disaster remains America’s worst avalanche disaster.

11/15/2019

The GNRHS was present at the recent Boeing Model Railroad Club swap meet and enjoyed seeing current members and signing up several new ones.

If you are one of these new members, please reach out to Cordell Newby ([email protected]) as he’d like to welcome you aboard and provide some information.

11/08/2019

Trainfest - America's Largest Operating Model Railroad Show
GNRHS will have a booth at the show. Stop by to say hello.
Show is Saturday November 9 and 10

Great Northern Railway Historical Society's cover photo
11/01/2019

Great Northern Railway Historical Society's cover photo

Great Northern 2-8-8-2 R-2
11/01/2019

Great Northern 2-8-8-2 R-2

11/01/2019

The GNRHS Archives is looking for pre-1920 GN Equipment Diagram books to be included in a project.

The work has digitized over 50 of these books already from the collections at Jackson Street, Burien and private collectors .

We are now looking for the older Pre-1920 editions to be added.

If you have one and would be interested in including it in the project please contact me.

Bob Kelly
GNRHS Archives
[email protected]

Before texting and email.
10/22/2019

Before texting and email.

Scenic WA on the old line to Wellington. from Ainsworth Collection at the PNRA.
10/10/2019

Scenic WA on the old line to Wellington. from Ainsworth Collection at the PNRA.

It's the birthday of James J. Hill, one of America's most successful railroad tycoons, born in southern Ontario (1838). ...
09/17/2019

It's the birthday of James J. Hill, one of America's most successful railroad tycoons, born in southern Ontario (1838). By 1870, Hill had established his own railroad company and laid track to the Red River Valley in western Minnesota and the Dakotas. He eventually began construction of a line from the Twin Cities to Seattle. The land he purchased was full of valuable resources, and thousands of settlers followed his railroad across the Great Plains. By 1893, the track was finished, and his Great Northern Company ran the only private transcontinental railroad.

Big Success at GN Day in Skykomish!
09/16/2019

Big Success at GN Day in Skykomish!

Here is the updated GN Day in Skykomish Agenda for September 14, 2019The event in the Masonic Hall is free and open to t...
09/07/2019

Here is the updated GN Day in Skykomish Agenda for September 14, 2019
The event in the Masonic Hall is free and open to the public
Agenda
8:30 am Free table space is available for people who bring displays
9:30 Program starts with Welcome and Administrative items
10:00 am Informational Items and Updates - review of Sky and GNRHS activities for the last year
11:00 am Kurt Armbruster will present the story of the Pacific Coast Railroad and his new book, Pacific Coast - Seattle’s Own Railroad
Noon – 1:30 pm Lunch and free Sky Substation DVD at museum in Maloney Store, ride the GN&C Railway at the Depot.
1:30 pm Scott Tanner presents Empire Builder Radio - 1931
2:45 pm GN Wood Water Tanks DVD project with free DVD
3:30 program ends
Contact Bob Kelly with questions at [email protected]
There will be a sales table for HO GN models and Skykomish items.

Souvenir Folder of Picturesque Scenery Along the Line of the Great Northern Railroad. From the William Kajdzik Collectio...
08/28/2019

Souvenir Folder of Picturesque Scenery Along the Line of the Great Northern Railroad. From the William Kajdzik Collection.

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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
Anyone have a location where this was taken.
History side bar note ... doesn't seem GNRR 'related' however Peter Beard's gr grandfather was James J Hill ..
Canadian Pacific Historical Association Media Contact Nelson 2020 We regret to inform you that the 2020 CPHA - GNRHS joint convention in Nelson BC has been cancelled. While this was a very disappointing decision for the Committee and host organizations, the health and well-being of all who would attend this event is our top priority. We have taken this step based on the latest information and projections available regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The rapidly changing situation with the virus and the uncertainty of future travel restrictions and limits on gathering sizes has made holding the convention this year risky at best. We were extremely encouraged by the enthusiasm of the CPHA membership and volunteers and thank you all for the support. We had already reached 50% of our targeted CPHA attendance! For those who have registered already, thank you!! You will receive a FULL refund for your registration fees and other costs in the near future. For those who booked hotel rooms in either of the Prestige Hotels in Nelson, they have advised us that they will cancel all the room bookings for this convention, unless they hear otherwise from you. For those with other hotel bookings and travel plans, don’t forget to cancel them. Now, you are probably wondering about any future plans! At this time, there are no definitive plans to share — however — the CPHA team is exploring ideas and concepts for member activities and gatherings that could take place in 2021 and 2022. So, stay tuned! Please stay well. Scott Calvert; Nelson 2020 Co-Chair Dave Love; CPHA Chairman April 21, 2020
This is an N scale Great Northern Railway Section House laser-cut wood kit. The kit is sold by the Great Northern Railway Historical Society. I have been working on it for hours on end already. I made a few modifications to this kit, including heavy weathering. The Great Northern Railway built this particular Section House out in Essex Montana at least before 1924. I have a picture of it in 1924. It has gone through many changes throughout the years. It has been painted different colors. It was moved from its original location near the railroad tracks. Currently, my understanding, it is privately owned and still in Essex. I built this model and several other models to represent the buildings in Essex Montana. I am making a portable N scale layout module to display at shows. It will also help me to earn my scenery certificate in the Achievement Program of the National Model Railroad Association.
Good morning. I'm hoping someone can help me with a photo I'm looking for. The hubby is modeling the GN circa mid-1950s. When he first built the railroad he needed a place to put the yard so I suggested he pop a hole in the wall to the closet and put the yard in there. This plain, ugly wall has been sitting like this for the last 16 years while I tried to figure out what I wanted to paint around it. A couple of weeks ago I came across an old landscape photo of a mountain range and the caption read that this is the spot that the Great Northern railroad is going to put in a tunnel through the mountains. I thought it would be a great idea to use the wall as a canvas to paint part of the scenery as well as add texture items. I can only find close up photos of GN tunnels, nothing that let's me see surrounding scenery. I'm pretty sure we've got the wrong tunnel facing and will need to change it out. Does anyone have pictures of the GN tunnel or tunnels that I might have come across that have a wider view of the surrounding area? Thank you very much.
I'm asking for a million-to-one shot. Does anybody have any pictures at all of the Essex Montana Schoolhouse.? I'm not talking about current ones they renovated into hotel rooms I've got all those I need. I'm talking about original pictures of it before it was restored to the condition it's in today.
Here is a tough question, I have looked everywhere on the internet, does anybody remember or have a photo showing the color of the Cass Lake,MN NP/GN depot? Thanks for your help.
Great Northern related:
I will post some old maintenance drawings and maps of the great northern I have received over the years
I stumbled across a newspaper account of a wreck located at a remote Cascade station/siding named Madison. Any clues as to where that was located? The wreck took place in 1903.