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Welcome to the Joint Archives of the Great Northern Railway Historical Society (GNRHS) and Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association (NPRHA). Both organizations are dedicated to the preservation and history of these two railroads, predecessors to today's BNSF Railway. The Joint Archives physically reside at Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul, MN and the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive in Burien, WA, and comprise hundreds of thousands of files, drawings, books, photos and physical artifacts. These items are old, often delicate, and irreplaceable, so this website is dedicated to making as much material as possible available in digital form to members, researchers and the general public.
King Street Station, Seattle --- GN PR photo from GN-NP Joint Archives --- all rights reserved
Announcements (click for full text)
What's New - May 21, 2013
5/21/2013 11:40 AM
Maps of Anacortes, WA circa 1950, courtesy of GNRHS member Kert Peterson. See "GN_CascadeDivision"
What's New - May 2, 2013
5/3/2013 9:45 AM
Many new GN & NP operating forms added to the RailroadForms section. Greatly expanded ArchiveHoldings section, showing NP & GN collections at east-end and west-end archives (MN and WA state). Photos by Mac McCulloch of 1968 repairs to Rock Island...
What's New - January 17, 2013
1/17/2013 11:00 AM
Under "GN_Miscellaneous", correspondence and statistics from the 1890's and 1900's regarding crossties including the experimental triangular ties covered in Joel Goldberg's recent GN Goat article. New Spokane Division seniority roster added.
Gene Hawk Collection Finished!
1/17/2013 10:56 AM
All photos from the Gene Hawk Collection have been scanned and uploaded
What's New - October 11, 2012
1/17/2013 10:55 AM
Cascade Division Conductor & Brakeman seniority rosters from late 50's/early 60's; interesting collection of Operating Bulletins & Circulars from 1960/1962; additional BN Pacific District seniority rosters 1970/1971. Also "Railroad Forms",...
"GN Looking Back" newspaper archives
Big Bend Railroad History
Minnesota Historical Society - GN Records
Minnesota Historical Society - NP Records
GN Mansfield Branch & Waterville Rwy Co
Skykomish Historical Society
GN in British Columbia's Fraser Valley
Great Northern Empire - Then and Now
Lindsay Korst's Great Northern site
Ferndale (WA) Memories by Jim Lancaster
Great Northern Archive site by Jon Snyder
GN EMD Diagrams at NMRA Online Archive
GN Freight Car photos
NP Freight Car photos
Railroad Paper Collectibles - track charts etc.
Railroads of Montana
Russell Johnson Photos & Videos
Terrific! It's Northern Pacific!
Thompson Collection - NP/GN photos & audio
Site & Archives Credits
Archival, Scanning, Cataloging, Remodeling - Stu Holmquist, Larry Schrenk, John Thomas, Hudson Leighton, Mike Borkan, Duane Amdahl, Jim Chinquist, Gary Wildung, Doug Complin, Bruce Barsness, Jim Dick, Ray Wozniak, Bob Kelly, Ed Ursem, John Oliver, Bill Sornsin, Jeff Otto, Jim Mattson, Peter Thompson and more...
Technology & Web Development - Jeff Otto, Gary Tarbox, Brian McCoy, Dean O'Neill, Bill Sornsin.
The Donors - too numerous to list, but without their generosity the archives would not exist.
Special Thanks - BNSF Railway and Minnesota Transportation Museum